Do you dream of working while traveling full-time in your RV? Luckily, online careers are more common and easy to find than ever. Even without years of work experience or a specific degree, there are many digital nomad jobs for beginners. If you’re ready to hit the road full-time, check out these jobs you can do while traveling in an RV. Let’s dive in!
RVing Is Great for Digital Nomads
The digital nomad lifestyle has become increasingly popular. Digital nomads work remotely and live a location-independent lifestyle. According to RV Business, over 15.5 million Americans considered themselves to be digital nomads in 2021 and the trend is growing. While some digital nomads use their freedom to live in different countries, many have embraced the freedom of RVing.
As RVing becomes more common and tools for working while on the road improve with more reliable internet access, a digital nomad’s life is easier. The challenge for aspiring RVing digital nomads often lies in knowing where to start. Setting up a home on wheels that accommodates your work needs is helpful. However, finding a job that you can do while on the road is a necessary step before jumping into full-time digital nomad life.
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10 Digital Nomad Jobs for Beginners You Can Do While Traveling in an RV
If you want to become a digital nomad and give yourself the flexibility to work wherever you wish to explore, these are some of the best jobs you can do while traveling in an RV. While some of them may require some certifications or previous experience, most are accessible to anyone.
1. Travel Agent or Itinerary Planner
If you’re interested in becoming a digital nomad, you’re likely passionate about travel. As a travel agent or itinerary planner, you can assist clients in creating personalized travel experiences. This could involve creating itineraries, arranging accommodations, transportation, and any activities you’ll tailor to your client’s preferences.
While formal education or certifications in travel and tourism can be beneficial, they are not necessary to start a career as a travel agent.
2. Online Notary
An online notary helps verify and authenticate documents for clients remotely. This role often involves witnessing signatures and ensuring the legality of various transactions. You must first become a notary public to work as an online notary. Some states require you to pass a test before receiving your certifications. Other states also require specialized certifications and training for online notary work.
While this is a career that requires some start-up certifications, it can be lucrative and requires only a few hours of work weekly.
Bookkeepers are responsible for maintaining financial records, managing accounts, and ensuring accurate financial transactions for businesses or individuals. Bookkeeping is highly conducive to remote work, thanks to cloud-based accounting software. As long as you have a reliable internet connection, you can manage financial tasks for clients while enjoying the freedom of RV travel.
Employers often prefer familiarity with accounting software, attention to detail, and past experience in bookkeeping. However, bookkeeping jobs are fairly common to come by on online platforms or by cold emailing a company to offer your services.
If you enjoy reading blog posts, marketing emails, and other digital documents, becoming a proofreader may be the perfect career for you. Proofreaders review written content for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. They polish the material to ensure it is error-free before publication.
While many businesses will look for an employee with experience in English or journalism, you can use many other types of work experience to demonstrate your strengths as a proofreader.
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5. E-Commerce Print on Demand
Do you love designing unique products? In the print-on-demand business, you create custom designs for merchandise like T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, and more. Furthermore, by going through certain online platforms, you can set up your business to print and ship products on demand.
This hands-free approach allows you to focus on the designs instead of requiring you to store stock and ship orders on the road.
6. Virtual Assistant
Are you organized, good at time management, and like to support other entrepreneurs? If so, virtual assistant jobs are great career options for full-time digital nomad life.
Strong organizational skills, proficiency in communication tools, and experience in administrative tasks are valuable. However, one of the best parts of finding virtual assistant roles is that you can pull from almost any type of previous experience to showcase the necessary skills to be a virtual assistant.
7. Online Tutor or Teacher
Online tutors or teachers educate students in various subjects using digital platforms, conducting lessons through video calls or pre-recorded content. Some platforms, like Preply or Skooli, allow you to create your tutoring schedule to build a student portfolio online that you regularly teach.
You can use a specialized skill set like speaking a second language or a degree in a field like math or English to create an online career.
Transcribers convert spoken language into written text, creating transcripts for audio or video recordings. Familiarity with transcription software and attention to detail are necessary for accurate transcriptions.
Additionally, excellent listening and typing skills are crucial when looking for digital nomad jobs for beginners in this field. Some companies may even require a typing speed test when applying for the role.
9. Social Media Manager or Analyst
Do you spend hours on social media? Social media managers or analysts oversee and implement social media strategies for businesses, create content, analyze metrics, and engage with the online community.
While many companies look for someone with marketing experience, it is possible to personally connect with small businesses to build your client portfolio.
10. Ghost Writer
If you enjoy writing blog posts, emails, newsletters, or short stories, becoming a ghostwriter can put your skills to use. Ghostwriters create content on behalf of others, often writing articles, books, or blog posts without receiving public credit for their work. Ghostwriting allows writers to contribute creatively to various projects while maintaining anonymity.
One of the best ways to find clients for ghostwriting is by creating an online portfolio featuring previous work. Even if it wasn’t for a professional company, samples of your work can show your skills to potential clients.
Where to Find Digital Nomad Jobs for Beginners
Before you can hit the road in your RV and take on digital nomad life, you will need to start your job search. Luckily, finding online work is convenient. If you’re looking for a digital nomad job, check out these platforms:
- LinkedIn and Indeed – These are the most popular online platforms for networking and job searching. The search feature allows you to specify the digital nomad role you want and filter job openings by remote vs. in-person work.
- Upwork and Fiver are two popular platforms connecting freelance contractors directly to individuals and companies for all kinds of jobs. As a freelancer, you can list your services on your profile and have work come to you, bid on specific jobs, or both.
- Career-Specific Facebook Groups – Digital nomads like to stick together and connect virtually to build a community. There are many digital nomad and digital nomad job groups on Facebook that you can join to start your career search. Of course, be careful to fully research the positions to ensure they aren’t scams.
- RV Forums – RVers are very friendly and eager to share their experiences. Also, if people are already living in an RV, they likely already do online jobs while traveling. Use RV forums to network for digital nomad positions.
Do You Need a Degree to Become a Digital Nomad?
You don’t typically need a degree to embark on the journey of becoming a digital nomad. What matters more are specific skills that can equip you for success in the remote work landscape.
You will need to possess an aptitude for computers, programs, and devices, a willingness to learn, and embrace new programs and technologies with an open mind. Adopting a “figure it out” mindset also becomes pivotal in navigating the dynamic and ever-changing digital landscape.
Finding digital nomad jobs for beginners without much experience or a specific college degree requires you to hustle slightly harder, but it is possible to find work that matches your skill sets.
Pro Tip: Everyone has to start somewhere as a digital nomad. Check out what the Mortons’ first full week of full-time RV travel looked like.
Don’t Let a Stationary Job Hold You Back From Your RV Travel Dreams
Unfortunately, a standard 9-to-5 office job doesn’t provide much flexibility for RV adventures. Instead of coordinating your RV adventures to fit your few days of hard-earned PTO, a digital nomad career can give you the flexibility to make each day feel like a vacation. While it will still be hard work, it can help you live out your RV travel dreams.
What digital nomad job could you see yourself doing? Drop a comment down below!
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