December 21, 2016

How To Earn Money On The Road: Vol One

I intend to address how to earn money while traveling full time in a series of articles and videos. Initially I want to discuss how my husband Steve and I earn money while traveling.

Steve and I own two companies that publish online, sell advertising, coach business owners on marketing and/or market for them. Our entire enterprise is designed be accomplished wherever we have WiFi and phone reception.

Steve has been interested in computers since he was a teenager in the 1980's. When the internet became a buzzword he began online publishing as a hobby. He was interested in genealogy and built a cemetery records directory in 1997. In 1999 he began selling advertising on that genealogy site and by 2003 he was making a six-figure income and left his day job. In 2004 he came across a magazine Revenue for online affiliate marketers featuring wealthy publishers who traveled full time. It became his goal to do just that.

As for me, in 2005 I left a full-time job and took a 70% pay cut to work part-time as a publisher's assistant. I have always wanted to be a writer and publisher. My family and I tightened our belts dramatically so I could learn all there was to know about print publishing. By 2008 I was making a fair living writing, selling advertising and learning every aspect of print publishing. That same year I noticed many of my advertisers going to online advertising. Since I saw this was a growing industry, I contacted a local online news publisher to write for him and learn about blogging.

In 2010 when the magazine I'd been working for had been sold I was looking for a job selling advertising. I met that online publisher in person for the first time to ask him for a job. It was Steve. Thus our business relationship began based on our mutual career goals. Steve had recently returned from his first long, motorcycle trip; a 30-day ride from Menifee, CA to Fairbanks, AK. He was working toward living that life on the road.

In 2011 Steve and I began our romantic relationship, married in 2012 and in March 2013 left for our 2 1/2 year life as working vagabonds.

It didn't happen overnight. We spent hundreds of hours creating careers out of our passions and hobbies that would lead us to a mobile lifestyle. It took long work hours, pay cuts, sacrifices and an inordinate amount of time of planning. But it has been well worth it!

What works for us certainly won't work for everyone! But we are not the only people who vagabond.

Your first step to create a career that affords full time travel is to evaluate your skill sets, both in your career and hobbies. If you (and your spouse) are the adventurous types, willing to make sacrifices, willing to open your minds to a new way of life, you too can live and work on the road.

You have to want the road so bad you can taste it, you dream about it, or perhaps are obsessed with it. We were deeply determined to make it happen and motivated one another throughout the process. It's not a life for everyone. If you're interested in one-on-one coaching, we can help.

In future articles and videos I'll be discussing specific careers of vagabonds to give you ideas in insight for yourselves. I'll be interviewing these travelers who earn money as they live on the road to teach you how you can do it for yourself!

Help me put a little fuel in my gas tank. My ebook, "Rude Biker Chick: Lessons From My Daddy" is available for purchase here. Buy your copy now or if not for you, buy a copy for a friend! The woman in your life will love you for it.


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