ON-THE-ROAD MONEY MAKING
So, you're ready to move into your RV and hit the road, but being among the multitudes who are not independently wealthy or who got the brush-off in Leona Helmsley's will, throwing caution to the wind, quitting fulltime employment, and stepping off the hamster wheel is just a little intimidating.
While there certainly are a number of jobs that can be done on the road, such as work camping and running a business over the internet, the opportunities listed here are supplemental income sources that require rather little attention, once you have gotten started. After all, the point of full-time RV-ing is to have some spare time to explore all those great places you're visiting, right?
In chasing the elusive pot at the end of the RV-ing rainbow, we have found that there are a number of programs out there that can help close the income gap. Please note:
NONE OF THESE ARE GET RICH QUICK SCHEMES.
I can't emphasize that enough.
In fact, none of them are get even a little bit rich schemes.
But they do all make us money, and most require little or no effort, once they are set up. We are discovering that sometimes a bunch of trickling tributaries can feed a roaring river, and the programs listed on these pages are quickly bringing us nearer to fulltime traveling, and are already allowing us to spend more time traveling and vacationing than working people should have a right to.
~ Adsense ~
If you have your own blog or webpage and haven't done so already, sign up for Adsense. There is no cost to sign up, and although at first you may only earn pennies a day, the income will increase with the development and expansion of your webpage. Although it's not difficult, there's initially a bit of work involved with putting the ads on your webpages. After that you're off the hook, but will have a nice source of residual income from your pages.
~ Shopping Ads ~
Shopping Ads are ads you place on your webpage - similar to Adsense - that advertise items up for bid on ebay. Unlike Adsense, you do not get paid if somebody clicks on the ad, however, if somebody places a winning bid after accessing an auction through your ad, you get a percentage of the sale. Thus Shopping Ads income tends to be more sporadic, but may prospectively involve more substantial amounts of money. If somebody bids on, for an example, an RV through an ad on your website, a percentage of that sale would likely dwarf your Adsense income for that day. You may have both Shopping Ads and Adsense Ads on the same page without violating terms for either. Shopping Ads look like this. If you want to find out more or sign up, just click where it says "Ads by Shopping Ads" in the bottom left hand corner of the ad.
~ My Points ~
Personally, I absolutely love, love, LOVE My Points. While no actual cash changes hands, we have gotten hundreds and hundreds of dollars in gift cards from this program. You choose your rewards from a long list of merchants, and you are able to order gift cards for truly useful things... like diesel. And food. And Walmart merchandise. All you have to do is visit MyPoints Advertisers when they drop mail into your e-mail box. You do NOT have to actually accept any of the offers, just open the link to their website. On occasion we have gotten really good offers and taken advantage of them, but mostly we just open the links briefly. Unlike other programs of this sort, they do not make you go through excruciating procedures (Think the Publisher's Clearing House kind of effort) to get your points. In addition you may choose to do surveys and shop online through MyPoints merchants for extra points. We do very few surveys, and only order through MyPoints when we intend to shop online through a MyPoints merchant anyway (usually Office Depot or Walmart for us), and we still build up our point balance pretty quickly. And no, there is absolutely no cost or catch to join this program.
REQUIRING SMALL INVESTMENTS
~ Disciple's Cross ~
Usually we pursue only opportunities that don't require an investment, this being because of mine - and even more so Wally's - suspicious natures, thinking there's a gank around every corner... 'cause there is, you know... but Disciple's Cross has actually worked out very well for us.
If you're the crafty type,
making Disciple's Crosses might be for you. The materials
needed take up very little space - about a tackle box worth, and you
can make them on the run. Well, maybe not on the run. While you take
a break on the run. You have to have some finger strength to do this.
You don't however, have to be any sort of Hulk Hogan. If you don't
have enough strength in your hands and fingers, you do develop it
pretty quick. I had calluses on my fingertips the first week or two
of doing these, not from bending the nails, surprisingly, but from
wrapping the wire.
There is an initial investment of $69.95 for a starter kit, which comes with an instructional video and materials for 25 crosses. There is a money back guarantee as long as it is returned within 30 days and before sending in a test unit. There are two ways of doing this business. There are a few tools (pliers) needed as well, probably stuff you have around the house, but if not you might be out about $30 at the hardware store too.
Disciple's Cross will pay $2.25 ($1.00 for materials, $1.25 for labor) on each cross they buy back from you, after it passes their quality control. (This is how they come up with the $2000 a month figure). We do NOT use the program this way. We found their quality control excruciatingly nit-picky and the mailing back and forth burdensome. But then again, we ARE trying to make our extra income with as little effort as possible, so we can have more fun....
What we do is buy the materials from Disciple's Cross (you have to in order to use their design), then we make the crosses and sell them ourselves for $9.99 a piece (the price that comes preprinted on the tag). Some people discount them, we haven't, so we make about $9.00 on each cross. It takes me about 10 minutes to make a cross (some people are faster), so that's a real decent hourly rate. We have found that they are very easy to sell, especially if you're the type that likes to set up a table at the closest craft fair / swap meet / farmer's market. I've sat at a random picnic table at the park and made them, and had people walk right up to ask if they can buy one.