Building a life where I can support myself on the road

Hi, I’m GinnyAnn. I’m planning to go mobile in two years, so I’m building up some freelance work now to raise extra cash and make the transition easier. Looking for information on those who are able to stay within range of internet in the United States, tips on stealth parking and finding community in general. Planning on vanning, something tall (transit, promaster, or bubble top on a cargo van.) Thanks!

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Greetings & Welcome!

There’s no such thing as stealth, and more obvious campers & vans are often more welcome than cargo vans. People in cargo vans are viewed as homeless, criminals, or both. On the other hand, people in more obvious campers are viewed as tourists or visiting relatives, and not considered a threat to others.

There are many work from home jobs available, that work well with #Vanlife. There are also many more traditional jobs that involve travel. I worked as a traveling construction worker for many years, and my home on wheels was a huge blessing. As I am getting older, and my physical abilities are diminishing quickly, I have been switching to hands free or mostly hands free internet businesses. Today, I strongly urge others to get started on that path in their spare time, as soon as possible. It takes time, but you can create a large, long term sustainable incomeand it’s never too soon to create extra income streams.

In towns, free internet is available everywhere. Boondocking is a whole different story, and is likely to require a much more complicated and costly system. For most people, especially individuals, boondocking isn’t nearly as enjoyable or as safe as it is hyped up to be. With others, it can be very enjoyable, but sitting alone in the middle of nowhere isn’t very enjoyable for most people.

Cheers!


"Beat Murphy's Law with a KISS! (Keep It Stupidly Simple)" ~ Van_Dweller


For your internet connection, I don’t think it would really be a problem as long as you have 5g phone or smartphone and just use your data and connect it to your laptop. Just get a great plan with A&t or Verizon.

Internet is pretty easy. T-mobile right now is the only one with unlimited tethering and it costs extra (+$50) as far as I know. We just installed a booster and it makes a pretty big difference. If you don’t have a lot of zoom meetings and are not doing things that chew up bandwidth you will probably be ok. Any data plan will be affected by the FCC rules at 50gb and you can be throttled at 50gb when there is high congestion on the network. Things are getting easier than they became during lockdowns as starbucks/cafe’s are a feasible options for wifi again.

Thanks for your advice!
Best,
Ginny

Thanks! I write on an online platform but probably will not need a lot of data for other things.

I appreciate your expertise!

Best,
Ginny

Right now I have Verizon but will probably invest in a booster so I can keep on writing. I appreciate your expertise!

Best,
Ginny

Hey Ginny,

Take a look at this discussion about the stealth camping: I'm going to be more "urban stealth" than "into the wilderness." : )

It might help you out and there is a lot of discussion about it. Might help you out!

Thanks very much!
Ginny

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Hi Van_Dweller, I was wondering if you could elaborate on some of these extra income generating ideas if you wouldn’t mind? I’m curious what types of things are available (all new to me). PM’ing me is fine if this topic is dead, thanks.

I’d like to hear more about this also. Again, PM is fine if that is more convenient, but I expect that there are a lot of folks who could use more info on this! Thank you.

Greetings!

There are many types of online jobs available, so your first choice needs to be whether you want to work for somebody else, or you want to work for yourself. I chose to work for myself.

After retirement as a traveling construction worker, I attended some classes at a rally about making money online. I started out by selling ebooks. There is BIG money in selling ebooks. ($20k+/month!), but it is very hands on, and I got burned out on it. I know people who do it constantly, but it just wasn’t for me. Your mileage might vary.

So I switched to doing remote computer tune-ups & repairs. I currently charge $100, and can do up to 10 simultaneously. I’m currently doing about 50 per weekend, but I’m in the process of switching to hands free money making. There’s no shortage of business though, and there’s a ton of money to be made, and it’s as simple as learning & running programs on remote computers. I just upload the appropriate software to their computer, run it remotely, delete it, then defrag their computer and I’m done. The software does all the hard work. I pay a 3rd party $20/mo to handle the advertising/marketing of my services that I found on Fiverr.

Now I am in the process of creating hands free money making websites. I have purchased high traffic free link & free classifieds sites. They generate thousands of visitors a day to post their free ads, and thousands more to peruse the ads. I have signed up for dozens of free affiliate programs, and I put ads for those among the other free ads placed by others. From the various affiliate programs, I made a little over $50k last year, hands free. My goal is $100k/year, and I’m on track to make it this year, by duplicating the original sites. Now, I am in the process of creating automated websites to sell ebooks as well, and will add advertising for those into the mix as well. If my tests are an accurate indication, the ebooks should add another $100k/yr to my income.

I am the sole support for a number of friends & family, and as they need more of my personal time, the hands free approach becomes more & more important. While my money can buy almost everything they need, it can’t replace the personal time I am blessed with, to be able to spend with them. Money is easily replaceable, loved ones are not…

Cheers!


"Money only buys happiness if it's spent wisely." ~ MoneyMisers


Excellent info, thank you for taking the time to write it, Van_Dweller. Are you writing original ebook content or using public domain works (or a mix)? Did you have to set up an LLC to operate your various endeavors? So many questions, sorry. I’d be happy to pay for your time/experience if you’re set up to take a call or something (just spitballing here). If not, that’s okay too. Thanks again.

Greetings!

I have a collection of ebooks which I compiled by combining information from both the public domain, and PLR (Private Label Rights) ebooks written by others, into new, unique, and better than any of the originals. Some of them, I have sold previously, and others that I was planning on selling, but switched to computer repair before I marketed them.

If you google https://www.google.com/search?q=free+PLR+downloads there’s over 4 MILLION sites listed that have free PLR downloads! The secret lies in the fact that most people don’t know what PLR is or where to get it without paying a fortune for it. If you google xx subject, you will find them, but you’ll have to pay for them.

Let’s keep the Q & A going here. That way others can join in, and perhaps we can help many people. A thousand of us could be selling ebooks without ever stepping on each others toes. The same is true with the free links & free classifieds sites, each would be different, yet all would be wildly popular. The affiliate programs probably have thousands of affiliates, yet if it’s my ad they click on, it’s me who gets paid. The affiliate programs each of us chooses could all be different too… I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, just take advantage of it.

A huge shout out & credit needs to go to the selfless people who run the money making and other workshops at the rallies. They are the ones who have taught me, and countless others to be self sufficient. I am merely paying it forward.

Cheers!


"Money only buys happiness if it's spent wisely." ~ MoneyMisers


Wonderful, thanks again for the knowledge share! Did you have to set up an LLC to run these businesses? If that’s too personal, I understand.

Greetings!

No, I don’t even have a business name, I just report it as personal income and pay the federal, state, and social security taxes on it.

Cheers!


"It is always cheaper and easier to conserve power than it is to make it." ~ Road Warrior


Okay great, thank you!