9 Practical Remote Jobs for RVers, Van-Lifers, and Digital Nomads

Life on the road is great, but like most dreams, it still requires income. Luckily, there are plenty of remote jobs across the country for RVers, van-lifers, and digital nomads, offering the flexibility to travel on a whim.


Some jobs are more popular than others, especially ones at agencies or in tech, but even if you aren’t so handy with computers, there are still things you can do for money while you are on the road, so long as you have an internet connection in your van or RV.


Many lists of remote jobs for RVers include things that just aren’t immediately practical, like becoming a blogger, YouTuber, or influencer. Sure, it would be nice to suddenly have a massive following online that you could monetize for a living, but the fact is, some people are just really lucky and not everyone that tries to become an online personality can make much (if anything) for their efforts. So, if you want something more dependable, we recommend these careers.


1. Bookkeeping


If you are already an accountant or bookkeeper, great news: you can do your job on the road, as well! If you don’t already possess this skill, don’t worry; it’s never too late to learn–especially if you are good with numbers.


As companies become more and more remote, there’s a good chance that a company will grant you the freedom to work from your RV or van. If you can’t find one company to take you on full-time, you could also freelance, taking on multiple clients at once to finance your adventures.

2. Customer service representative


Assuming you have both internet and phone service in your RV, you can find lots of customer service representative positions that are remote. Customer service gets a bad reputation. After all, this job requires a level of comfort with talking to strangers, a drive to help resolve issues, and the ability to stay calm and professional…sometimes while being yelled at. But when you can do it from the comfort of your RV, it can ease a lot of the pressure that you might normally experience in a call center.


Best of all, these jobs are often entry level, meaning almost anyone can do it with the proper technology at their disposal.

3. Digital marketer


As you do your research, you’ll find that digital marketing is perfect for nomads. The demand for this type of employee is high. Nearly every large company needs an internal marketing team consisting of social media managers, search engine optimization specialists, email marketers, and paid advertising pros. Each of these positions can easily be done with a laptop and an internet connection.


This career path also offers many opportunities for growth, if that appeals to your career ambitions, or if you would prefer to set up some advertising campaigns and then log off so you can go mountain biking, that’s fine, too.

4. Gig jobs


This is a little different from the other jobs in that it cannot be done from your van or RV. However, gig jobs offer a lot of flexibility, allowing you to do them from almost anywhere.


What is a gig worker? They are independent contractors, online platform workers, and temporary workers that enter into formal agreements with on-demand companies–like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, GrubHub, or even Task Rabbit–to provide services to the company's clients.


So, if you need some extra cash, it’s easy to get set up on one of these platforms so you can provide ridesharing, food delivery, or any other service wherever there is demand. All you need is a dependable vehicle… though, perhaps don’t use your van.

5. Graphic designer


Similar to digital marketers, graphic designers are also in high demand. If you have a knack for visual art and know how to use the Adobe Creative Suite, it might be a good time to start your career in graphic design.


In this kind of position, you are likely to create logos, print materials, web designs, and more. If you can land yourself a remote graphic design job, it’s very easy to perform with a fairly powerful laptop and a reliable internet connection inside your van or RV.


If you are extremely driven, you could also try freelancing as a graphic designer to build up a portfolio and clientele while having the flexibility to choose your own hours.

6. Online teacher/tutor


In the age of COVID-19, online learning is on the rise. More than ever, parents are relying on online teachers and tutors that can help prepare their children for exams, graduation, and beyond.


If you don’t specialize in a particular subject like math or science, there are plenty of online teaching opportunities for anyone that is charismatic and speaks English. All around the world are families that want their children to learn English from a native speaker, and they will pay a lot of money to the right person to host regular, remote lessons. That said, foreign language teachers are also in demand if you have a high level of proficiency.


A stable internet connection and a laptop with a webcam are essential for these positions, so be sure that your van or RV is outfitted with the proper equipment before applying.

7. Web developer


Not sure what a web developer does? Put simply, they code software, websites, and applications. It is probably the most lucrative job in this list and you don’t need a computer science degree to do it (although it wouldn’t hurt either).


At your local college or university, they probably offer a multi-week coding bootcamp where you can learn everything you need to know to get started with this career. These bootcamps are also hosted online if you can’t find one in person.


Once you complete a coding program, you are qualified to become a web developer, and as many companies are trying to provide incentives to work for them, remote working is becoming more commonplace, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a development job that you can take on the road. Just communicate with your team and hit your deadlines, and you’ll be fine–as long as you have a powerful laptop and an internet connection.

8. Writer


There are two ways to interpret this: you can write for a company, either as a technical writer or a marketing writer, or you can write books to self-publish on Amazon or to be picked up by a book publisher. Either one is a potential path for someone gifted with the written word. Of course, one pays better than the other, and we promised to offer practical job ideas for your nomadic life, so for this example, we are talking about content creators/copywriters.


A writer in the corporate sector would be likely to write blog posts, website copy, social media posts, emails, ebooks, or technical copy, depending on their employer and their job role. Topics vary widely, so if you have an expertise in an area like beauty or travel, you can seek out jobs in those types of industries. If you are good at online research, you can write about almost anything, even if it is out of your comfort zone. All you need is a laptop and internet, although if you are in a pinch, you might be able to do it from your smartphone or tablet (not recommended).

9. Virtual assistant


The ultimate remote job is becoming a virtual assistant. Their duties are extremely wide-ranging and don’t focus on one specialty, but if you are eager to learn, you can become indispensable to someone that needs you.


Tasks can be as simple as responding to emails/inquiries and scheduling meetings to more challenging (and fun) ones like making travel plans. It will vary greatly depending on who is hiring, but you are bound to find a virtual assistant job that fits your skill set.


Just like most jobs on this list, you will need a computer and an internet connection, but you are remote by design, so it’s easy to take it on the road.

Once you get the particulars of your remote job sorted, you can begin thinking about your long-term travels and the type of RV or van that will best suit your nomadic lifestyle needs. No matter what anyone says, you can have freedom and abundance when you’re constantly on the move. There is a remote job out there for everyone.