Everyone’s bus-life is different and everyone has different ways to make money to keep it going. These are a few ways we’ve found gigs along the way.
Originally, we sold our home and about 90% of everything that filled it. That’s a great way to start but not everyone has that available. That said, almost everyone looking to get into a bus and on the road has some things they can downsize. Take the opportunity to get rid of some things and make a few bucks. Selling online is a great place to start. Sites like Craigslist, eBay, and even Facebook marketplace are the go-to’s. We’re not fond of Facebook as a whole but the marketplace did help us downsize and make some money.
Craigslist is also a great place to look for jobs. Some of the things we’ve done that we found on Craigslist are…
- Working with Amazon Web Services in Las Vegas.
- Being movie extras in Las Vegas.
- Helping a mover unload his truck at a home in New Mexico.
- Breakdown the track barriers at Daytona International Speedway after a motorcross race during Bike Week.
- Working a high end Art Auction in Jacksonville Florida.
- We worked in Montana at an Inn near Glacier National Park.
There are websites out there to help find seasonal and sometimes longer opportunities. These are ones we’ve personally used while looking…
There’s also app based delivery services such as Instacart, Door Dash and Grub Hub to consider. During the first part of the Covid Shutdowns of 2020 grocery delivery was a hot side hustle.
Again those are better if you already have a car, but be on the lookout for cheap daily rates for a nearby rental and you can make a little bit of money.
A few other apps we’ve used along our travels are…
- EZShift has opportunities to make money by auditing grocery store and market shelves.
- A Plus People for brand ambassadors and product reps.
- Push Models is who we worked with at the Amazon gig in Las Vegas, though we found it on Craigslist.
- ATN Staffing has brand ambassador gigs all over the country.
- Survey.com Merchandiser app to do store auditing and merchandising display setup.
Networking with others really helps out as well. Some bus friends reached out with an opportunity to work in Washington state last summer as Camp Hosts. Free spot to park in a gorgeous setting and a paycheck. Just another reason to keep in touch with those you get along with.
These are how we’ve been able to continue traveling and enjoying the sights and sounds of the USA. This isn’t a complete list on all ways and we’re sure there’s ways others have made money while travelling.
Thanks for reading and if you have any other ways you’ve made money add them into the comment section below.