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Top 5 Hacks for Working on the Road!

Below is a guest post by Outdoorsy, sharing with you 5 hacks for working on the road. As someone who is still learning how to navigate working on and off the road - this is helpful post for seasoned and new freelancers alike.

Top RV Hacks for Working on the Road

For most people, traveling is a time to get away from work and spend time relaxing. Yet for those who love extended travel or want to take their work with them, working on the road has many advantages. Once you overcome the initial struggles of a mobile office, a whole new world unfolds before you. Working from an RV while on the road poses many challenges but offers even more rewards. These challenges can include finding space to work, gaining the necessary connectivity to the outside world and find work to do. Here are 5 hacks to help deal with these issues so you work successfully while on the road.

UNLIMITED MOBILE HOTSPOT

Mobile hotspot is a must for traveling on the road!

Getting reliable internet access while on the road is critical for most jobs. It is also one of the most challenging things a worker on the road will face. One of the best solutions is an unlimited mobile hotspot. These differ from your standard cell phone hot spot connections in that they are not throttled back to unusable speeds after a certain GB of used data is reached. Finding one can also be tricky because most cell carriers do not offer them directly, or they don't make them obvious choices in their product lines. The trick is to look for pre-paid plans, where you buy the equipment upfront, pay an activation fee and then pay monthly in advance for the service. Generally, there is no contract or plan length requirements. Verizon offers a MiFi hotspot that is unlimited, but only under their pre-paid program. Other providers to look at include unlimitedLTEdata which sells prepaid unlimited T-Mobile hotspots. Unlimitedville also offers prepaid unlimited plans on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.

Check the coverage maps before deciding what you are going to buy to make sure they will offer service where you plan to travel. When you are living and traveling in different places you will want to have extended coverage. With these services you can have good, reliable, and unlimited internet access for your work while on the road.

Wi-Fi HUB/BOOSTER

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Wireless networking is a great technology for an RV when working on the road. Many RV parks offer Wi-Fi which you can connect into for free, or a small fee. The long, narrow, sectional designs of most RV vehicles do not make them the best spaces for wireless networking. The outside walls can also weaken the park's Wi-fi signal enough to make it unusable inside. This is where a Wi-Fi hub and booster comes into play. These units have better antennas to pick up weaker signals. The hub can connect to the park's wireless connection through its superior antennas and then devices inside the RV can connect to the stronger signal sent out by the hub. This offers three advantages for those working from their RV. First, you get better signal strength and coverage throughout the RV for all your devices. Second, the Wi-Fi hub allows you to have a wireless LAN so you can connect multiple computers, printers and other devices and share data between them privately. Finally, a lot of parks limit the number of connections to their Wi-Fi from any given site. In many cases, you will only be able to connect one device. These devices will connect using that one connection provided by the park and allow multiple devices in your network to share that connection.

There are many suppliers of these devices including Alpha Networking, Linksys and Netgear.

FLEXJOBS FOR MORE WORK

Use flex jobs to make money online while traveling.

If you are a freelancer or contract worker, you can add to your client base with services like FlexJobs and other online platforms. FlexJobs is unique in that it is a website-based job listing board which charges the job seeker a small fee. That fee is used to cover screening of the jobs listed on the service to ensure they are legit and available to remote workers. This is a great service that drastically reduces fraud and helps to ensure you are not applying for jobs where the job provider would never hire you because of your remote location status. Jobs listed can also be broken down into permanent hire, temporary hire, freelance and contract so you can match jobs specific to your needs. Working from the road is easier when you have a hub to search for jobs that fit the lifestyle.

USE YOUR TELEVISION AS A MONITOR

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Most RVs have built in large screen TVs that work great as large screen computer monitors. This allows you to setup a larger workspace without having to dedicate extra space. Connecting your laptop or PC to a flatscreen TV is pretty easy assuming it is a newer TV with HDMI ports, or a USB port for a ChromeCast dongle. Add a wireless keyboard and mouse and you can set your Laptop off to the side (or even in another room) and work from the couch. This is one example of the mentality of everything having multiple uses, which is crucial for working on the road.

SMALL INVERTERS

Small inverters for working on the road

Keeping your devices powered while on the road can be an issue. This is the case while driving and when staying in locations that lack shore power. One solution is to buy a generator, but that can be excessive and expensive just to charge a laptop or briefly run a printer. You also can not use a generator while you are driving and pulling trailer. In these situations, look at a small 12 V compatible inverter. Inverters of up to 1000 watts can be often be run from 12V auto accessory ports and will give you enough power to charge a laptop or run a small printer. These can also be tied into your RVs electrical system so you can use those devices from the house batteries. You will want to get a pure sine wave model, these are more expensive but produce the clean power many electronic devices need.


Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike, off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.

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10 Ways You Can Make Major Money Online In 2019

10 ways to make money online!

Making money online has never been easier than it is now.  With more companies focusing on remote opportunities, the freelance market is on fire.  With unlimited resources, contacts, and platforms .. 2018 is your time to break out in the online world. 

Whether you want extra spending money or a whole new career, I go through the ten best ways you can make a money online this year (and they aren't surveys!)

*This post may contain affiliates. See my disclosure for more

1. FREELANCE WRITING

Freelance writing is one of the BEST ways you can make money online.  

When I started out, I made hundreds on the side freelance writing.  It was something I enjoyed and could do on my own time. It can also pay very well.  It's not uncommon for quality writers to get between 100$ - 300$ per 1,000 word post, some even get more.

To get started, you need to create a digital portfolio.  To learn more about this, I've included my completely FREE freelance email course you can enroll in below.  

2. BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Being an online VA is one of the most underrated methods for making money online.  Not to mention, it has one of the largest job markets, Why?  Because every business, blogger, and industry needs someone to help them with their everyday tasks.  This means opportunities are endless. 

Examples of virtual assistant jobs include:

  • Data Entry

  • Call Service Support

  • Social Media Assistants

  • Pinterest Assistants

  • Chat Representatives

  • Executive Assistants

  • And more!

There are tremendous training opportunities for people looking to be a VA.  To get a better idea of job availability, you can check this Virtual Assistant Website, where you can take online training courses, apply for jobs, and get a better idea of the market. 

3. TEACH ENGLISH ONLINE

How would you like to teach English to kids in China? While making $17 - $22 an hour to do so?

VIPKID already has 20,000 teachers working with them and they are looking to add more! The best part?

  • They provide all of the training

  • You get to work at home

  • You work on your OWN time

All you need to do is fill out this simple application.   Many teachers are currently making over $2,000 a month from their efforts. 

 

4. STARTING A BLOG

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Blogging is a fantastic way to make an extra 100/mo or an extra 100,000/mo.  It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it.    My favorite "rich" blogger of all time makes over 100,000 a month, with over 50,000 of it being from affiliate sales alone (which we will go over next).  That is a lot of passive income.  

You can find out exactly how she did it here. 

Other ways blogger's make money is through ads, sponsorships, products, services... you name it!

If it's something you'd like to learn more about, my post: How Blogger's Make Money, will walk you through all of the details.  

Start your blog today (It's one of the ways I make money!)

5. UTILIZING AFFILIATES

So what exactly is affiliate marketing? Well, you simply get a commission every time you recommend a sale.

Affiliate marketing goes hand in hand with blogging. However, you don't need to be a blogger to make an income from affiliates.  Social media, word of mouth, and email are all fantastic ways to gain affiliate income as well.

In fact, many Youtuber's make significant money from affiliate marketing without ever having to make a website.  They simply leverage the benefit of video to make the sales.  And the reality is, video has higher a chance of converting than writing.  So, if video is your thing (and writing long, lengthy posts are not) your just as well off in the affiliate world. 

You can also learn how Michelle make 50,000 a month from affiliates right here. She also offers a course where she teaches you exactly how to do it for yourself.  I took it and I highly recommend you do too!

6. SELLING ON AMAZON

Anybody can sell on Amazon if they are willing to find an "in demand" product at wholesale price. If that product can appeal to the amazon market, they can set themselves up to make an incredible profit. 

 Creator's can also make profit if they can find a large enough market (with low enough competition) for their creations. Although, I found choice number one to be the more popular of the two choices.

There are numerous Amazon FBA courses available that can help you navigate the process.

I posted the video above for entertainment purposes, but it's actually quite motivating. 

Now, I'm not saying that every video on Youtube is legit because that's definitely not the case. However, common sense says the platform wouldn't work if there wasn't significant profit to be made. These two also sound like they know their stuff. You can learn a lot about the process if you give it a listen.

If you like the idea of creating or simply redistributing, products on the side, then Amazon might be right for you. 

7. SELLING ON ETSY

Etsy is a popular platform for creators.  If you are into crafting or art, it's a perfect platform to try out the eCommerce world.  You simply list your items in the Etsy store and use the site's audience to make sales (which is easier than trying to start your own online store). 

I'm not an Etsy expert, but I've heard of many women making a killing with their products.  This article by around.io does a good job listing the items you can profit on with Etsy. 

8.  FLIPPING WEBSITES

Have you ever heard of Flippa? Well, it's this nifty site where you can buy and sell websites. 

Obviously, you have to have a decent knowledge of marketing and SEO to make this profitable. However, there is a huge benefit to using aged domains over new ones: they rank better in Google. 

Some of the websites on the platform are junk, while others are diamonds in the rough.  They simply need someone to shine them up for a new audience.  

If you are good with marketing and have a decent knowledge of Wordpress (the most common platform on the site) you will do well flipping sites.  

You can find out more at flippa.com.

9. DROP SHIPPING

Drop shipping is like having a retail store without all of the physical headaches. 

Essentially, drop shipping is where you get to sell items without stocking them yourself.  It's almost like a hybrid between affiliate marketing and Amazon sales.  You do the marketing, promotion, sales, etc... but the wholesaler does the shipping.  This saves you both money and space.

The best part is that you can sell your favorite retail products from anywhere.  All you need is an internet connection. 

To find out more about drop shipping, watch the video below and check out this article by Shopify. 

 

10. CONSULTING

If you have knowledge where people need it, you can profit from it. That's right, selling your knowledge is the real deal. 

There are so many different topics you can consult on.  All you need is a platform to selly our knowledge and an audience to buy it.  

Examples of online consulting services include:

  • Fitness/health

  • Life Skills

  • Business

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Tech

  • Real Estate

  • And many more!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW

So what is the one requirement for all of these opportunities? Having an online presence.  You should be active on social media, you should have some sort of medium for people to view your brand, and you need to build people's trust.  

Below I included my FREE online writing class. It's not only geared at writers, but also anyone looking to build an online presence and portfolio.  

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