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Jobs You Can Do While Traveling

As Published In Airstream Live Riveted
Jobs You Can Do While Traveling

Today we’re talking with Airstreamer and organizer Ramona Creel. When folks find out that Ramona travels full-time while she works, they always want to grill her about how she makes money. So today, she’s going to talk to us about work that any full-timer can do on the road.

Have you ever done any workamping?

I was chatting with a fellow RVer the other day, and when he found out I was a full-timer, he asked that exact question. I jokingly said no, that I don’t like cleaning toilets — he laughed, and then said, “Really?” I laughed too, and said, “Really!” I know that not every workamping position involves scrubbing a bathroom floor. I’d be willing to do trail maintenance at the Grand Canyon, I’d work on a ranch for the sheer fun of being around animals all day, and helping out at a vineyard would be tons of fun (especially if they paid you in wine). I’ve never believed in working just to pay the bills — and there’s no reason that folks (especially the determined, tenacious kind that make good full-timers) can’t have jobs they love, even on the road.

Have do you earn a living while you travel?

I run my own business (as a fixer/ass-kicker and a not-so-tortured artist, a talking head, and a wordsmith) — these days, there are so many opportunities for working either remotely or at a mobile career. I know folks who sell their artwork at craft shows, sell collectibles at fleamarkets and antique shows, or buy and resell used items on eBay. But it wasn’t until I started connecting with other younger working RVers through social networking that I realized just how many variations there are on the “work-and-travel” lifestyle. When potential RVers ask, “What can I do to earn a living on the road?” — my response is usually, “What CAN’T you do to earn a living on the road??” Some of your options include:

  • mobile consulting services (working short-term projects for different clients in different areas)
  • bookkeeping (Quickbooks and tax prep for long-distance clients)
  • freelance writing (either for magazines, blogs, or working on a book)
  • RV repair and maintenance (offering your services at the RV parks where you stay)
  • computer work (programming, web design, or other remote IT job)
  • graphic art (either commercial advertising or illustrations)
  • photography (either assignment-driven and client-based, or fine art/travel)
  • fine art (painting, sculpting, drawing, mosaics, fabric art, you name it)
  • music (either going on a concert tour or performing local gigs, and possibly giving lessons)
  • coaching and training (can be done via Skype, phone, and e-mail)
  • pet sitting (especially for those in your RV park who travel away from their rigs)

You can also consider product sales as a way to bring in some mobile income:

  • arts and crafts (selling your handiwork at fairs and festivals as you travel)
  • resale (selling just about anything at flea markets around the country)

What if you like to stay put in one place for a while?

Of course, there are those jobs that are do allow you to travel, but only within certain limitations:

  • “drive-away” jobs (driving vehicles across the U.S. and delivering them to a remote location)
  • caretaking (house-sitting and campground property management)
  • temp agencies (short-term office, cleaning, or even manual labor assignments)
  • tourism jobs (working at amusement parks, as a historical interpreter, giving tours)

How exciting to live/work on the road! If you need Ramona’s help breaking free from the typical 9-to-5 grind in order to travel full-time, contact her!

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.

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