A topic you will find me focusing a lot of attention on during these last months of planning is earning an income while mobile. There are a lot of working age nomads who are able to bring their jobs with them on the road. What they do can easily be done in a mobile capacity so making the leap, in that area at least, is less of a challenge for them. That said, I know a small number of those people who have mentioned publicly that taking their jobs on the road led to a whole new set of issues and stresses. So it isn’t always the perfect solution either.
My professional skillset is not mobile friendly, so I needed to get creative in finding ways to begin earning money outside of my job. I’ve been a serial entrepreneur and a big dreamer with wild ideas since I was young. I started with Amway back in the late 80’s and was convinced I could make a fortune from it. Needless to say, I did not. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything and even made quite the killing on eBay in the late 90’s. However, most of what I have done has either fallen flat from the start because I had no clue what I was doing, or got a little bit of a start only to fall off when my original idea ran out of steam, or product, as was the case with my eBay business.
I’m older now, have had a sufficient amount of failures, understand my strengths and weaknesses better, and have learned enough lessons that I’m confident I can make a go of it this time around. One of the key things I understand now is that you should never rely on one stream of income. In the past, I looked for one ‘big thing’ to be my pot of gold, when I should have been looking at more diverse ways of earning money and work several of them at a time.
I have gained tremendous knowledge online regarding earning money and multiple streams of income, from sites like Side Hustle Nation, Entrepreneur, Smart Passive Income, and so many more. A relatively new site called Blab, where we hold The Nomadic Fanatics Podcast each week, nearly always has someone doing free live coaching, on multiple topics, at any given time of the day or night. It’s well worth your time to stop by and have a listen if you need some motivation to start something for yourself.
As it stands today, I have several projects in the works. Some of which are: 2 active blogs, 2 more websites in development launching by summer, one natural product line I believe in and became a distributor for, a sticker and Tshirt line in development, I am co-hosting a podcast about working age nomads, I’m getting a couple of certifications, and more! The money isn’t rolling in yet, but I am also working a full-time job around all of these projects. I keep rather busy right now, but the process is exciting and will be well worth the effort and time when I am able to begin my adventures. All the work I do now helps in building a solid foundation that I can run with when I hit the road in August.
Hopefully, all of these projects will be my answer to the “how do you make a living on the road?” question that is asked of nearly every nomad at some point. While these are my best options, yours may be vastly different. You may have to take a giant leap outside of the box to find yours, but there is truly something for everyone. Nothing I am doing now was even a second thought 18 months ago (except the blogs, I’ve always wanted to do that). I had to get creative and really ask myself some questions about things I knew well, things I enjoyed doing, etc. The key is to start now and begin building a foundation so you will be on your way to earning money when you are ready to get out there. What I have in place now isn’t going to make me rich, but that isn’t something I desire anyway. What it will do is provide me with enough income streams to support myself while I travel and live my passion.
Find someone to inspire you if you need to, someone who understands and can help you put your puzzle pieces together. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the existing nomad community as well. I have personally developed some amazing friendships there. In fact, Patrick from the Paddy Wagon gave me a pep talk just a couple days ago and helped me understand the potential for a new income stream I wasn’t even considering. Jon of Yarvee fame has given me some great business building advice on several occasions and I also have an incredible friend David, who I met through RVillage, that is a constant world of encouragement to me. Get involved in the community and reach out to people! Someone out there is going to ‘get you’ and really relate or understand where you’re coming from.
My ultimate message to you is DO NOT GIVE UP. Don’t assume you have no options and forgo living your dream. I promise you, there are options. Sometimes you have to look for them, you’ll always have to work hard for them, but they are there. And I believe in you!