Making Money on the Road Experiment #1- Affiliate Marketing

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This is the first making money on the road experiment I’ve published! Stay tuned for results in the coming weeks!

One of the biggest goals we’ve had since we started living in our RV and traveling was to be able to earn a full-time income from anywhere. Last year we hit the road with around $10,000 in savings, a 7 month sponsorship, and a huge hope that we would somehow learn to make money from anywhere. While most people who watched or read about what we were doing assumed that we were just “getting travel out of our system”, what they didn’t know was this:

We were being intentional on building up an income so we could continue to travel and work from anywhere in the United States (or world).

Our goal wasn’t just to go on a seven month honeymoon, but to be able to transition out of that seven months of full-time travel and not have to immediately jump back into an office job. That was a pretty crazy goal, considering we were traveling 3-4 days a week and I was attempting to work a job in all 50 states. But somehow, we managed to do exactly that. We finished up our Hourly America tour, I landed a gig with an author, we started doing some freelance film work, and before we knew it it’s been 18 months of working and living independent.

The only thing that scares me more than spiders is having to go and work for somebody else full-time. Seriously. It terrifies me.

That is why I’m working on different experiments over the coming months to figure out other ways to supplement our income. Up until now, here are a few ways we’ve made income while on the road:

The most substantial and scalable income we’ve found is online course building. It’s niche work, but we’ve found ourselves very good at it (as we bring film experience, content creation, and marketing all to the mix). However, my goal in the coming months is to generate some kind of product or more passive income.

Specifically, I’ll be working to generate some affiliate income & launch an ebook to sell on Amazon.

If you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, it’s essentially marketing a service you are using and getting paid for it. For example, we use Passport America while traveling around the country. A couple weeks back, I wrote a blog about how much I liked Passport America and I used affiliate links in that article. When someone clicks through and buys a membership to Passport America using my affiliate link, I get a small $10 commission from that sale.

A standard rule of thumb when affiliate marketing is to only market products you use or believe in. I will definitely stick to this rule, as I’m not going to use affiliate links to market some company that has a terrible product.

My goal with affiliate marketing is to start generating at least $500/month from affiliate marketing by February.

This will be largely passive. As of now, I have only published one blog using affiliate links and one person purchased (so I made my first $10, woohoo!).

That is why I’m calling this an experiment. I’m not sure how it’s going to work out yet. My hope is that this will create another income stream for us as we continue to travel.

Why don’t I just keep writing, doing film work, and building online courses? I could continue to stick with freelancing, but ultimately I like the idea of having products to sell (i.e books or physical products). The reason being, I can create a business that is working when I’m not there. In a service based business you might “be your own boss”, but essentially you still have a lot of people you answer to.

If we really want to be able to travel and see more of the world, there is no question that creating more passive income streams will be the way to do it.

I’m thinking about putting together a complete list of all the travel/RV related companies who have affiliate programs and sharing them on an upcoming blog. If you would be interested in that, leave a comment below. If I get at least five comments from people interested in seeing all of those affiliates links—I’ll publish that article next week!