How To Make Money Living on the Road

You’ve always loved the song “Born To Be Wild” and have always wanted to ditch your high-paying corporate job and go backpacking all over continental America. However, you’re terrified of going broke, starving, or worse, becoming homeless because of your impulsive decision to become free as a bird.

Hey, set your fears aside. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Besides, if you’re single and unattached, then you might just be the perfect candidate for this type of free-fall adventure.

C’est la vie, as they say and enjoy the ride! As for your worries about going broke, there are a number of cash-generating opportunities out there for people living on the road:

Workamping is a job type that people with RVs go into. This often involves an RV site where work is provided by an employer who also owns the RV campsite or RV park. The jobs offered while workamping could be anything from lumberjacking, lumber hauling, office assistance, maintenance, general cleaning, hosting, sales, landscaping, and a long list of other available jobs for people who live on their RVs. For more information about this you can check out:

Folk or country singing is fun. All you need is a good voice that can more than carry a tune and a trusty guitar. Stop by bars and restaurants along the way and present yourself. Be ready for an audition. Ditto, be clear about the fact that you’re staying for a short period and can use the time while you’re in their town to earn a bit of cash.

Waitressing is a great way to earn money and get free meals, too. Again, you will need to stop by eateries or diners who might need part-timers and passers-through like you.

Sell meals on wheels.  Just because you’re living on the road doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a gourmet feast on the move. Sandwiches and hot chicken soup are heaven for people who are longing for home-cooked meals while seeking their own adventure out on the open road.

Work on a farm. When you’re whizzing by country roads, you will most likely see farms or cattle ranches that may need an extra pair of hands. Now this will boil down to a trust issue so approach this idea gingerly but with your resume and list of references on hand. Be honest about where you’re coming from, why you’re living on the road and why you’re merely passing through.

Bake, paint, or sell arts and crafts. Oh what a fabulous way to channel your inner country Southern Belle by using your gift for baking, painting, making arts and crafts, and selling either or all of these in fairs, carnivals, town hall meetings, or church activities.

Moving people’s stuff in your car and becoming someone’s “Moving Day” chauffeur or driver. This is the closest you can get to your dream of living on the road without starving, going broke, or becoming homeless simply because you will most probably be doing this for your family or friends who are moving out and shipping out to a different state. Cram those boxes into your car, play your kind of music, turn the speakers on full blast, crank the car in gear, and take off on that long road trip. Later, you can advertise your services or ask those who’ve tried it to recommend you to the people they know.

See, it’s not that big a deal after all.


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