This is the 6th part of a series on how to make actual money on the road.
A few months ago I wrote an article about job hunting on the road. Just living in an RV while job searching has some advantages and disadvantages. The last few weeks I have been posting articles on making income on the road. What’s great about the jobs in this series of articles is that most people can do the jobs. They are crowd sourced and have fairly low barrier to entry costs.
What if working crowd sourced jobs are not enough? What if you have debt and your current job won’t allow you to travel?
When you want to travel and you need real income, sometimes you just need to find a real job. I am going to cover some resources you can use!
- The easiest place to start is to join up the NomadicGigs Facebook group. The groups moderator may only blog once a year, but she does a good job of posting job leads into the group. I have found numerous job ideas and connections from being in the group.
- Workers on Wheels runs a great site that generates an email list you can sign up for. I have seen scummy listings on the site, but I have also seen a lot of pretty great legitimate leads as well.
- Search on twitter for jobs. Search some keywords in industries you are looking for. Add in #job #hiring or #recruiting and see what you find. Lots of smaller HR firms use twitter to help cultivate leads.
- Join a work camping job service. You have to pay a fee, but you get access to a lot of exclusive jobs.
- Start visiting some free work camping job listings. Cool Works has some great regular listings that I don’t see anywhere else. WorkCampingJobs.com always some good stuff as well.
- Start following the blogs of other full-time RV people. Many bloggers talk about how they are making money and how you can do the same! Click Nathan and his nomadic hippy family have a great post about money making jobs.
- Use Indeed.com. Search careers you are qualified to do, and add in traveling or remote as keywords. Leave the location box blank and you can search the entire United States. Indeed is linked into a lot of other job search sites.
- Flexjobs.com. It is worth the subscription fee. They list only jobs that can done at home. Lots of great gigs, best $50 I ever spent on job searching.
Their are some things you need to look out for. Some remote jobs have very high bandwidth requirements. Many of these jobs will never be suitable for working RVers. They can require constant video streaming and VO-IP that your cellphone data package can never hope to accommodate. These jobs usually have a notification that you will not be able to use cellular data to do the job.
Many jobs also require you to live in certain regions. This is so you can attend sporadic monthly meetings or be available to show up to certain locations for emergencies. Be sure to ask about limitations.
I also recommend that you consider becoming a paid subscriber to LinkedIn. Mailing in a resume is no longer good enough. You need to reach out to a company, make friends, and campaign for a chance to interview. The pay version of LinkedIn gives you access to send messages to key people in companies you are applying at. Also like Indeed.com you can use keywords like remote, work from homer, or travel to supplement your normal keywords.
So what did I miss? Did I cover all your favorite places to look for work? Have a suggestion? Leave them in the comments and I will add them to the list!