MAKING MONEY Full Time RVing (How I Do It)
I got this comment that says, how big is the trust fund on one of my videos, one of the things that I don’t really talk about a lot is how do I make money on the road? I started a business before I ended up in an RV. It wasn’t like I quit my job and bought an RV. In this video, that’s what I’m going to talk to you about today is some ways that I’ve been able to make money on the road and ways that you can too.
The first way that I started making money online. My very first business idea was to private label products. So that means that I decided to go online and get someone else to make a product for me and put my own brand labeling on it. So I didn’t actually make the product. I just put my name on it. So the product that I made was called smoke serendipity. This is an e-liquid that I made, or I bought and put my name on and I had this made overseas. So if you don’t know what an e-liquid is, this is the stuff that you put in those vape pens, and then you smoke it. I looked on alibaba.com and look for someone that I ended up making the packaging for me. I had the logo design somewhere else.
If you asked me where I got this great idea, someone else gave it to me. So vaping and this smoking thing was a really big thing at the time. So I went on Alibaba. I found a company to make it for me. And I spent like $3,000 and had this shipped over here. Little did I know is after putting together a website and trying to market the product is that this was kind of considered like an X, X, X, like a bad thing. And you can’t really market smoking sensation products or anything like that. This was a big, big fail. Private labeling in general is not a fail. This was a big fail. So this was my very first idea for starting a business. And it cost me a lot of money. And I ended up losing a lot of product and I ended up quitting selling that just morally.
I couldn’t do that anymore. So I scrapped that, but like I said, I went and found somebody to make the product for me. And then I sold it. So private labeling could be anything. You could private label, all kinds of products. There’s tons of people that private label products. That was the one I did.
So the second way that I make money and RV is to do what’s called flipping or reselling sometimes also referred to as retail arbitrage items on Amazon and eBay. So I would buy items that I would find yeah, Goodwill and target and Walmart thrift stores. And I would go online. So I would buy them at a low price, maybe find them on clearance or a lower price than what I could sell them online. So I would literally take my phone and I downloaded. You could either do E-bay or Amazon.
They have an Amazon seller app. They even have other third-party apps. And I would take this app and I would go and scan stuff all around the store, depending on what it was. If it was clothing, I had a clothing app, I would just scan the items online and see if they went for a higher price and also had to figure out whether I could sell them or not. So there’s a little bit more involved, but I would buy these products and then flip them online. And it actually started with me taking everything I had around the house and selling those items online. So if people gave me a gift, I had things just laying around and this was items from new to use. I ended up getting into like return pallets. I was getting pallets delivered to my luxury condo and having to unpack them and go upstairs.
I went from buying single items at the store to going to auctions, to having pallets delivered to my house. It got crazy. That was what I was doing before I started rving. And then I kind of took that business on the road. And it’s something that I’ve always been able to fall back on. And what a lot of RVers do to make money, literally just buy these items and then come home and list them on eBay, Amazon, and many other different apps that I’ve found and kind of got caught in the act with a program that I was looking at on my computers. Like I would go on my lunch break. So I would go my time off. It was literally like, I had so much fun to shopping and it’s like, you cure your addiction for shopping and selling. So when you’re making money from it, you don’t care as much about shopping because you’re like, Oh, I can make so much money off that.
So the third way that I’ve been able to make money and RV is to write a book. Now on the other two things that I mentioned actually cost money, but writing a book is completely free. So I actually wrote this book, it’s called Brand like a boss. And it’s by BlogginBrandi you can see this beautiful face. I Really don’t promote it that much anymore. This was something that I did years back. Um, but it is still for sale on Amazon. So you can still go buy it. I went to Amazon, they have what’s called Kindle direct publishing. It’s absolutely free. You can create your own book. You can sell it online, or you can have a print, a printed copy and sell this to people. You don’t even have to hold the inventory so people can either buy this online and have it mailed to them, or they can go online and have it downloaded to like their Kindle app.
Or there books on their phone or wherever they have different platforms for this, but you can write a book and publish it absolutely free. So this book was about business and branding and what I did a lot of when I was consulting and coaching for people kind of turned into this book. So I wrote this book. It’s not perfect, but I did it. So this was kind of something I really wanted to do and put this out. So yeah, you can do this completely free on your own, which brings me to the fourth way that I make money…
So in order to make money and RV, I wanted something that I could do digitally and creating an online course is something that you can do absolutely free. So they have many different platforms for this. And I personally use Thinkific. I’ve created courses from teaching people all about business and personal branding and marketing websites. SEO, Youtube, to courses on how to get started RVing and transitioning into that lifestyle and how to RV. So pretty much RVing and business. It’s absolutely free to set up a basic course on there, at least at the timing of this video. And it has been for a while, if not, it’s minimal to invest in, to get started after you actually publish your course. And you can also do, what’s called pre-selling on a lot of these things, just like with a course or a book or anything else you can pre-sell before you actually create it. Whenever I created RVersity last year, I pre-sold the course to people before I ever created the course. Now it’s actually prerecorded. After I got feedback from people that have taken the course and I delivered it live each week.
And then now you can actually go take it yourself. Um, and not have to have me. I make money with online courses about business and RVing, but you could create about health and fitness baking or sewing. Just something that your passionate about. You could create an online course on any thing Pretty much online People are buying.
Fifth way that I’ve been able to make money and RV is creating a mobile app. So I actually created an app that you can use on your phone. And this did cost me money. So I invested in a company or some individuals to create this app. For me, it is called RVersity. It allows you to create checklists and things on your phone to take with you. So it’s an RVing app. It’s still in beta. I’m not going to say it’s something that makes me a ton of money.
It’s an app that costs $5 as of right now. So it’s something that I’ve been testing and playing around with. It’s just one of the ways that I’ve been able to make money on the road. So that was something that I had to invest in and it’s kind of a test fail, repeat, and grow. And I’m having people check it out and look at it before I could really push it out there. And I actually found the people to develop my app on a website called Fiverr F I V E R R. So I looked for somebody on there, even though it says $5, I did not develop my app for $5. You can find people from all different price ranges. So I went on there, I kind of did interviews and I found a group of people to help me develop my app.
So the six way that I’ve been able to make money on the road is affiliate marketing. So if you’re not sure what affiliate marketing is, whenever you hear people say something like, Hey, you should go get my book? I’ll put the link below to check it out on Amazon. That could mean that I’m using some type of affiliate marketing for you to go buy my product. And it doesn’t have to be a book. It could literally be evaporator foam no rinse. So I could say, Hey, I love to use this eVap foam on my RV AC check it out in the link below this video and pick it up so you can use it on your RV. That is something that I can do on my website. I can do it on social media, but you’re just sharing a link to products and services that you use and getting paid for it. The amount can range, but usually it’s pretty minimal.
The bigger the item, the more expensive it is, the more you’re going to get paid. So the smaller, the item you’re going to get paid less. And it also depends on what platform you’re doing, the affiliate marketing for. So you’re essentially just recommending someone else’s products and services, and you’re getting paid for it. I do this on Amazon. They have, what’s called Amazon associates and Amazon pays you for doing marketing for their products and services. So this is a very well-known platform that people use. So Amazon does it. Tons of other platforms do it. You can literally go to any website or product that you want and just scroll to the bottom of the website and see if it says affiliate marketing, or Google the name of the product, and the website. And affiliate marketing, and you can get paid for recommending products and services that you already buy and use.
Or these could be products that you don’t even buy and use or products that you haven’t bought and used. But I personally would not recommend products and services that I haven’t bought and used myself because that can give you a bad name. This could be products from RV to sewing, to business arts and crafts, hobbies, anything you can think of. So Amazon does it. And like I said, there’s tons of other programs that do it, but it’s one way that you can make money in your RV, either on the road or off the road. Technically you could start that today. And it doesn’t cost any money to get started.
So the seventh way that I’ve been able to make money and RV is YouTube. It does take a while to get started on YouTube and make money from it and monetize your channel. But there’s some stipulations.
I think you have to have a thousand subscribers and maybe 4,000 hours of watch time. It takes time to build that up. So this YouTube platform is not something that I would say to just focus your time on. I have a process inside of RVersity that I talk about with people, which is called multiple streams of income. So YouTube would just be one stream of income that I use to make money. It can range. So the more videos I post, the more videos that I monetize, the longer that people watch my videos, I actually get paid for people watching them. So people don’t watch my videos and I don’t make videos that people can find, and they’re not interested in. Then they’re probably not going to watch them and I’m not going to make money. So I try to make videos that can help people or solve a problem and really guide them in their journey of RVing or entrepreneurship.
Eighth way that I’m able to make money and RV is freelancing my skills and services. So freelancing your skills and services means that you’re working for someone else. It could be multiple people or one person, but you’re essentially not employed by them. You can work for anybody. So you’re kind of your own boss and you work for other people on many projects. Some of the things that I’ve been hired to work on for people are things like website, design, video, editing, SEO, helping people do their search engine optimization, social media, marketing, and management, graphic design. So graphic design images, and thumbnails for YouTube and their papers for their business and email headers, email marketing, and so much more. Now I make YouTube videos. And for those of you that know me, I had another channel for YouTube that I marketed a lot of my business stuff on before I kind of combined things and started talking about it all in one place here on RVersity.
I had that, which I taught a lot on and people would find me on YouTube. So people find me from social media, mainly from YouTube. They find me from getting on my email list and other people, word of mouth, people that I’ve worked with. And they would hire me to do these services for them. Now, if you don’t already have a social network or people that you know, that would hire you for your services and skills, and you can sell all kinds of services and skills, you can head over to a website like fiverr.com and peruse the jobs that they have available, or the gigs that they have available and see if it’s something that you would want to offer. And you can start out offering your skills at a smaller amount of money and then move up. And they even have like a fiber pro for people that, um, I don’t know if it’s that you take little test or you prove your skills to them, maybe submit your credentials, but they have a fiber pro.
So it’s a little bit more advanced for people that want to be listed as a professional. I personally never really sold anything on fiverr, but it is a place that you could list your services and skills as well as buy services and skills from other people. So I do a lot of buying from Fiverr and getting people to work for me and help me with things. And I know that it’s a great place that you could sell your services and skills and get people to notice you. So you list whatever it is that you want to sell. And other people find you on fiverr, or you could go out and market it on your social media and say, here’s where you can get my services, go here and buy a gig from me. Some other websites that you might want to try is LinkedIn, which is part of social media.
So having a LinkedIn profile is really like having a resume online and a great place to connect with people. And they have a career section. So you can list your services and skills on LinkedIn and people will actually find you, you can apply for jobs on there. Um, and I think they have the free version and then maybe a paid version as well.
So the ninth way that I’ve been able to make money and RV is what I do now, which is consulting and coaching. So over the years, I’ve learned a little bit about business, entrepreneurship, creating products and services and selling them online as well as RVing. So when you do this for five or six years, you kind of learn a little bit from travel trailer life to van life. To now my motorhome life a little bit about RV life.I teach people how to get their businesses started and make money on the road. Whether they want to start a business or just make side income, make a little bit of extra money and figure out this mobile lifestyle. I lived in an on and off the road in and out of suitcases and had to figure out how to make my life mobile through all of these trials that I’ve had over my RV life. So if you’re worried about breakdowns and what do I do if something happens in my RV and how do I buy the right RV and how do I make money while I’m RVing? And how do I put all the pieces together? How do I figure out my budget? Those are things that I help people do. Now, if you’re interested in that, you can book a call with me HERE!