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12 Remote Jobs That You Can Work When Living the Vanlife

Quitting an unfulfilling job, hitting the wide-open road, and living the van life dream sounds liberating. But before you gather the courage to ditch that 9-to-5 job, you need a way to finance your nomadic life. Thankfully, there are plenty of remote jobs that you can work when living the van life.

With just a laptop, reliable internet connections, and a sincerely quiet spot, the following jobs can make you enough income to fuel your van, pay for repairs, stay at decent campgrounds, and feed your family. And if you perfect your trade, some remote jobs for van life could generate enough income to fund van upgrades, epic cross-country adventures, and your camper loan repayment.

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Negotiate a Permanent Remote Work Arrangement at Your Current Workplace

The easiest way to get a stable income when van lifing is to keep the job you already have if you still love it. Before you hand over your resignation letters and embrace the freedom of the road, negotiate a full-time work-from-home arrangement. Many companies are now open to remote work and prefer to retain an existing employee rather than hire a replacement.

Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistance is one of the most popular ways to make money living in a van build. You’ll provide administrative services such as scheduling appointments, managing emails, booking travel and accommodation, creating presentations, and conducting research on various topics.

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Try Transcription

Transcribing entails listening to live proceedings or recorded audio (or video) and creating a written version word-for-word. You’ll be expected to transcribe interviews, conference calls, lectures, legal proceedings, speeches, YouTube videos, and podcasts. The owner can use them as e-books, blog posts, or subtitles.

Get a Job as a Graphic Designer

Another job that will fund van life without requiring you to show up at a physical office is graphic design. You’ll be tasked with creating graphics for social media, merchandise, company logos, quotes, and packaging. However, it’s quite a technical job, so you’ll need to perfect this skill before you hit the road.

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Sell Crafts Online

Making and selling unique crafts in bulk is one of the easiest jobs you can do remotely while traveling in a camper van. You can become a nomadic painter, knitter, potter, or jewelry maker. You can also sell tufted rugs, string wall art, note cards, keychains, rope bowls, etched guards, and carved wood products. Sell on Etsy, and display your wares at the RV park office, near your campsite, and at gatherings like festivals and fairs.

Work as a Digital Marketing Manager

If you’re skilled in digital matters, this job can help you make and save money while living in a mobile dwelling. As a digital marketing manager, you’ll be responsible for developing, implementing, and evolving a brand's online presence and marketing campaigns. You’ll engage, inform, and motivate your target audience through social media networks, website content, Google Ads, and email marketing.

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Make Money from Your Writing Skills

Freelance writing is an excellent remote occupation for van life as it has a low barrier to entry. Websites are always looking for content writers to contribute to their sites and blog sections. And if you have knowledge and experience in a particular niche, you’ll earn higher. This industry is broad, and you can choose to focus on blogs, journalism, copywriting, white paper writing, or technical writing.

Proofread to Make Money on the Road

Those with a keen reading eye can apply for a proofreading job. Your duties will include spotting spelling errors, bad grammar, punctuation problems, and formatting issues in a document before it’s published or shared. You’ll also need to fact-check dates, quoted statistics, and other statements for accuracy.