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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “How to Earn Money RVing: Chapter 1″Doing It Online”
So you want to earn money on your computer while running amuck in your RV? Consider this: how did you earn money before you joined the elastic-wearing, black water-dumping, tent-popping hordes? Your answer may reveal how to earn income from your RV. You’re an expert at something. What is it? Let’s explore approaches to earning income online:
- Let’s say you were a teacher. What does that qualify you to do from an RV? True, you (hopefully) no longer hold recalcitrant, desk bound children captive. However, you probably retain the knowledge, communication and organizational skills it took to work with the darlings. Those skills are marketable.
Online tutoring companies such as www.smarthinking.com or www.tutor.com or www.tutorvista.com value those skills. I enjoy tutoring online for Smarthinking.com on many levels; not the least of which is working from our RV!
- Or, maybe you’re a writer or “wanna be writer. ” Find, then study, blogs you like. Read about how to blog. Here’s a little something for those of you secretly wondering, “Just what is a blog?” http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/02/05/what-is-a-blog/
- Send a relevant “show-them-what-you’ve-got” blog to companies that embrace your interests or passions. Ask if they need a blogger. I recently sent a sample blog to a company whose vision I share. They hired me to blog for them. What do you have to lose by asking? At worst, they’ll ignore you. At best, you’ll get a gig!
- Stay open. Just last month I saw an internet ad dated 2006 ( a millennium ago by internet standards). An agency I admire was looking for a blogger. Rather than assume the ad was worthless because it was ancient, I sent a sample blog. I asked if they’d be interested in hiring me as a blogger. They were and they did. Anyone can do that! Why not you? The key is to focus fiercely on your passions and interests. The joy of blogging is directly proportional to the blogger’s love of the topic.
Ask yourself :
- What are my top 5 specific skills? Whether they’re a result of having been a full time homemaker, career professional, tradesman or a technician, skills are skills.
- Of those top 5 skills, which one(s) do I actually enjoy? If you hated doing something before you were RVing, you’ll hate it while you’re RVing.
- How can I transfer these skills to a computer? See comments about RV internet access on http://blog.goodsamcamping.com/2011/01/pattis-saga-of-an-rv-rookie-how-to-quit-your-job-and-work-from-your-rv/ .
If you’ve lived long enough to be RVing you’re skilled, talented, and experienced. Consider and research which of your skills might transfer to a computer.
I hope you check back next week for Chapter 2 in the “How to Make Money RVing” series for some ideas about non-computer work from an RV.
PS Check out Good Sam Club’s Forum on Full-Time RVing. Then, link to a thread started by Shabec, “Making Money While RVing.” http://www.goodsamclub.com/forums/default.aspx. Folks discuss several great money making ideas.