We’ve been covering a lot of milestones lately. Getting out of the house and into the rig feels good. It feels better than good, it feels great! But the fact remains that we are still tethered to our local full time jobs. We’ve been experimenting with ways to make money while on the road in the time that we’ve been stationary. But as of now we haven’t hit on anything that really feels right.
You always hear about a lot of options out there for making money while fulltime RVing. As you know, Jessica has experience in web work and my background is in video production. There are a plethora of what are known as “contest freelance” sites, where creative professionals submit bids and/or spec work on jobs posted by companies. Elance.com and 99Designs.com are just a few examples of this kind of site. While the initial idea sounds good, there seems to be an issue of supply and demand. In this case the supply is the overabundance of freelancers applying for these jobs. And when anywhere from 30 to 100 people are submitting bids, you can imagine that it can be quite competitive. Most just low ball bid to have a chance of winning the job and what ends up happing is that they end up working for a fraction of minimum wage.
That’s not the only issue, not for us at least. You can understand by how I’ve talked in the past about how I don’t necessarily approve of the current consumerist state of our society. I feel that life should be more focused on our experiences and people in our lives rather than things that we buy from the store. I love doing video work, I love making the TOTO episodes and I love making videos about people, anything to expose people to what’s out there in the world that we live in. Unfortunately, making videos like that doesn’t really keep gas in the tank or food in the fridge. Sadly, the money in this field is in Advertising, which is a major player in the consumerist society that I’m trying to distance myself from.
You see the conundrum: we don’t want to play a big part in a consumerist world, but we need to be part of it to survive. That’s why we’re “Traveling on the Outskirts”, we’re trying to live as far on the edge of society because we know that we can’t leave it completely.
So the struggle continues, we have to find reliable streams of income to support our minimized way of life all while keeping our moral compasses pointed in the right direction.