In places where people talk about going fulltime this topic will come up often: How can we make a living while we travel? In Part 1 of this topic I said:
“There are hundreds of ways to earn money on the road, but 99% of them will fit into two categories: 1, doing what you do now, but from a “home office” on wheels, and 2, finding something different that you can do while you travel”
I addressed the second category first, so here are some thoughts about the first, doing what you do already.
You probably already know whether you have a job that would fit with fulltiming. That’s because you understand your job and what it involves better than anyone. But here are some questions to help you explore it.
- Do you know anyone who does what you do from a home office or as a traveler? If so, talk with them and get some insight. If not, that should be a clue that it may not be a compatible job.
- Is there a job you did previously that might work out? Maybe you’re an HR manager now but you were previously a registered nurse, that’s an excellent profession for travel!
- What jobs use the same skills, background, education as yours? Can any of them be done on the road?
- How about changing jobs now? How much time until you start traveling? Let’s say you have five years. Is there a job that you’re positive you could do on the road that you could train into now and have several years experience before you start out?
I hope these questions have helped. Below is a list of jobs that are compatible with a traveling lifestyle.
- Recruiter I am one – trust me you want to have at least 4 years experience and success before going fulltime, starting out in an office, then working successfully from a home office, then you’ll be ready.
- Nurse (and other medical professions; physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, diagnostic imaging, etc.)
- Electrician (and other construction trades)
- Sales (some types but not all; seasonal RV sales, telemarketing,
- Casino Dealer – blackjack, craps, poker, etc. Usually better as a seasonal job than traveling
- Income Tax Preparer
- Musician, Comedian, other performing arts
- ? Send me more and I’ll add them…