How We Make Money Online / on the Road
This is by far the most popular question we get when we explain how we are traveling around the country. This question is asked for many reasons —- they may be wondering if we are spoiled little shits that have our parents pay for everything, or if we won the lottery, or if we were one of those lucky few who actually made money at a pyramid scheme. They also could just be curious if they might be able to make a living while RVing fulltime themselves. While staying at campgrounds across the United States, we have found that our answer to this question greatly effects how people perceive us.
Well let me start off by saying I have the energy to work from home because I take…
Nothing, I just eat correctly and try to go to bed on time like an adult.
Don’t Buy Crap
We don’t do anything fancy from our work from home jobs. We don’t sell essential oils or endorse pants that make your ass look like you’re smuggling two small bowling balls(LuLu Melons, while I don’t sell them, I do enjoy the good they do;). We are simple folk and I only trust people as far as I can throw them, so our jobs needed to be somewhat normal and widely acceptable to be done from home on an everyday basis. We aren’t rolling in cash and most months we can barely afford to pay our bills, but we are finally working to live instead of the other way around. I’m going to try to not sound like a high browed prick during this write up and please excuse me if I do at times.
The biggest thing that we did first was to not quit our day jobs until the last possible moment before we went on the road. We figured out what day we were going to finally make the plunge and we set our timeline. We only had about two months notice, and in that time Brittany secured an online job writing resumes for a major company that utilizes remote workers. She became comfortable with their system while she had reliable internet and in a more stable environment of our apartment and knew what to expect when we went on the road. This alleviated some of the stress that came with the major shock of environment change. Waiting to quit our jobs also afforded us some time to maybe eat a little more top ramen and save up before we started making basically minimum wage. You don’t need a giant nestegg before you go on the road and you may drive yourself crazy trying to save up enough of a comfort blanket. Also make sure to secure any loans or large purchases that will take into account your credit. Remote jobs don’t pay as well and they are often not hourly jobs, both of which don’t bode well for banks. You will also be starting a new job and won’t have any work history built up which can also raise interest rates or just outright deny you for credit base applications.
In the beginning, time management was an absolute nightmare for both of us. In our decades in the work force we have both had pretty rigid schedules and worked hourly jobs where there was a mostly clear line between on and off the clock. With neither of us willing to be managed by the other (Even though I clearly had years more management experience and an impeccable track record with references from former employers) we bought a small white board to hold us both accountable for tasks we needed to complete that day. This white board was utilized beautifully for the first week that we had it, but since has been used to draw pictures of me eating cake with the caption “This guy sucks”. Needless to say, we still have a hard time using our time wisely. Being a freelancer you are open to working at any pace you like, I personally like to front-load my work on the project timeline and then fine tune it while getting feedback leading up to the deadline; While Brittany is more of a crammer at the last minute with 4 cups of coffee and going to bed at 6 am. Brittany’s method works great for her but if I tried to do things that way I would probably have an aneurysm, all that being said most of her customers are extremely pleased with her work.
Alright I guess I can get to the part that you actually came here for…
How we Git’R Jobs!
The simplest and also the most cryptic answer is that we get them from everywhere. The golden opportunity that everyone is looking for is a steady great paying work from home job that offers benefits and 9000 vacation hours a year, jobs like that don’t exist and I have a better chance of losing 50lbs in a week eating only entrees sold at the Cheesecake Factory than landing a career like that. All that being said we are obviously always looking for a regular job as well as doing freelance projects. We use pretty normal sites where you can create a profile, upload a resume, and set up notifications for when new jobs are posted. Some of our favorites are Indeed.com, Flexjobs.com, Google Jobs, and Monster.com this isn’t a definitive list of sites to use but these are some that we have had a reasonable amount of luck. On each of the sites you can filter for Remote/ or Telecommute and search for jobs nationwide, after setting up notifications you would then be emailed anytime something matching your criteria propagates usually each morning. I currently have a time set aside for reading these notifications/emails. My time to read emails happens right after I have my morning coffee and before I get in the shower and while I’m sitting, you do the math.
Freelance Projects are quite a bit different.
While you still need to be hungrier than Guy Fiari at a salad bar, making a living as a freelancer does have its benefits and downfalls. Currently the only two sites we use for freelance work are Upwork, Airtasker, and Craigslist. Upwork has upped their fees lately and that hasn’t exactly been great but they do have a really nice platform to connect job seekers with employers. Oddly enough employers have an easy time posting their job but sometimes have a hard time actually extending a job offer so keep that in mind. If you’re planning on going exclusively freelance in the future I recommend you get on Upwork and complete at least 5 jobs with good reviews (easier said than done) before you quit your day job as that will greatly increase your chances of landing projects in the future. We have also found that we come up in more search appearances the more active we are on the site.
While Craigslist maybe the quintessential place to meet a “Catfish” at a gazebo on the TLC network, it is also a very powerful tool that can be leveraged to make money online across the country. We use the Cplus app on our phones and it has a very cool feature where you can set your different locations and search for parameters across all locations. While it did take me 2 hours to go through and tap on every single county/location in the US it was totally worth it. I can now filter for Jobs posted in the last 24 hours and “Remote Website Creation” in the title and scroll through hundreds of locations on one screen, most of which don’t have a match but the ones that do match are exactly what I’m searching for. It is true, you need to be a little more careful on craigslist and both of us have “throwaway” emails that we make first contact with but we have had some of our best reoccurring jobs come from the online classifieds site.
The last place we have found jobs has been word of mouth. While you may think this is a long shot because you are traveling across the country and only stay places two weeks at a time, you’d be wrong. Because of our age everyone asks us how we do what we do and we explain what our “jobs” are. You don’t need to sell yourself to everyone but if someone seems interested get their email and follow-up with a nice message. In this lifestyle what I do for a living comes up naturally a lot more than when I just hung out in my friend network in one place, I try to use that to my advantage by always having a business card on me and being honest about my skill-set, making sure not to overpromise.
Well hopefully I have sufficiently scared you away from quitting your job. In this lifestyle you won’t be rich but you’ll at least have a good time being poor-ish.
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