The one thing that I get asked time and time again, is how I make money if I live on the road.
“That’s all very nice for you, BUT I HAVE BILLS TO PAY” has been said to me more times than I can count.
“Don’t you feel bad about sponging off society?” (Another favourite.)
So, I thought I’d put everyone out of their misery, and be upfront about money.
How I make money…
I am a freelance writer (and occasional journalist), so I write all kinds of articles for magazines and blogs in exchange for money.
I work with all of my clients remotely, so I can do it from anywhere.
It took a lot of trial and error to build up experience and a good client base, but my income is pretty stable now and I can meet all of my needs as well as putting money aside every month for the future.
I also make money from selling The Highly Sensitive Nomad eBook which I self-published with the help of some editors and formatters that I hired.
Before I started writing, I did seasonal farm or bar work when I needed some extra cash. But spending an average of £3 a day when I lived in a tent, I didn’t have to work very often.
How Other People Make Money On The Road…
Here are some other jobs that people I know do on the road:
- Teaching English via zoom
- Freelance graphics/video making
- Freelance translators
- Online nutrition courses (or any course come to think of it)
- Life coaching
- Digital assistants
- Mobile hairdressing
- Seasonal work on farms/ski resorts/hotels/bars etc
- Delivery work
- Any job in the world (some people work in a conventional office and just live in their van in the local area)
Most people living on the road are looking for a simple life and spend a fraction of what you would in a house. No rent to pay, no bills, no space to accumulate loads of junk or unneccassary clothes.
But that doesn’t mean we are miserable; mountain hiking and lake swimming are free!
All you really need is money for food, fuel, and healthcare insurance, so you can easily live for a few hundred euros a month.
Sponging off society…
Do I feel bad for sponging off society?
Not sure why I get asked this so often or what it really means.
I work, I pay health insurance, I pay road tax.
Instead of getting angry with people ‘sponging off society’ because they don’t live in a house and pay council tax, we could choose to get angry that $36 trillion is currently held in offshore tax havens by the mega rich. Or we could be angry that 18 of the Fortune 500 companies paid $0 in tax between 2008 and 2015. (Investopedia)
Or, we could get annoyed that governments keep cutting corporation tax so CEOs can earn ridiculous salaries at the expense of the minimum wage workers who can’t even have a bathroom break.
Can we at least get mad about the obliteration of wild places to make a few wealthy men a bit richer?
Can we get angry that Amazon only paid 1.2% tax rate on $13,285,000,000 in profit for 2019. (No wonder I’m so bad at affiliate sales!)
I mean I could go on, but I hope you get my point.
When we get angry with people ‘sponging off society’ because they don’t follow the status quo, I feel like we are wasting time that could be spent transforming society for the better.
I hope you found this article helpful! You might also like to read:
- How To Become A Successful Freelance Writer
- How to Travel Without Any Money
- How to make a living via UPWORK on the road
(please note, I have now stopped using Upwork altogether. It was super helpful when I didn’t have any experience, but once you’ve got enough clips, it’s time to get out of there and find fairer contracts.)
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