This podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere. The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is a weekly show where I interview nomadic entrepreneurs who have made the leap into the RV lifestyle and have taken their businesses with them on the road.
Today on the podcast I bring on my friend Cortni from the Flipping Nomad. Cortni's story is unbelievably inspiring.
Six years ago she was borderline homeless, struggling to take over her dad's businesses (who recently had a stroke), and moved into a fifth wheel as her only housing option.
Just six years later, Cortni has built a thriving RV renovation (aka flipping) business and recently partnered with Keystone to create a truly unique and never before seen fifth wheel. Some people even refer to her as the "Joanna Gaines of the RV industry".
In this episode we talk about how:
Cortni stumbled backwards into RV life and then made the most of a bad situation
Pre-sold her RV renovations on Instagram
Went from zero experience in renovations to making $5,500 in one week on her favorite flip ever
She caught the attention of one of the biggest RV companies who extended a once in a lifetime opportunity for her
This podcast was a blast to record. I hope you like it. If you do, give Cortni a shout on Instagram and tell her she's awesome.
This episode is all about how to stand out from the noise and stay front of mind when you're trying to attract and work with large brands.
I talk about:
The one thing I believe is a disproportionate way to get in front of and actually win over potential brands/clients
How we originally pitched Winnebago on partnering up and they said no (but ended up doing a lot more work together)
Ways you can boost the odds of hearing back from brands you're interested in working with
Brittany and Adam both left Voicemails in my Anchor inbox and I was able to pull both their questions into the show and answer them (best I could).
If you want to leave a question and be included in an upcoming episode for the RV Entrepreneur, you can drop a voicemail here. :)
Most of the people I bring on RVE are running a remote business from their RV. While Kim and Erran don't fit this bill, they have a really interesting story and something I've been wanting to talk about on the show for a while: being a traveling healthcare professional (related, but slightly different than travel nursing).
What we cover in this episode:
What does it mean to be a traveling healthcare professional
How much you can make
How to handle things like personal health insurance and how to find travel jobs
Connect with Kim & Erran on their:
Losing your money is never fun, but losing the money that is the seed investment to your company is even worse. This happened to Jess, but she didn't let it stop her from creating a company that has now donated over half a million headbands to kids all over the world.
In this episode we cover a lot of awesomeness, we talk about:
How Jess was able to recover from her initial investment loss and push past the "failure"
Why business plans are overrated
The power of "putting yourself out there"
Changing your mindset from being "destination centered" to present-oriented
Connect with Jess:
Headbands of Hope
Jess on Instagram
If you enjoyed today's episode, I'd love to hear from you in the Twittersphere OR better yet, drop a review in Itunes. :)
How do you build a business that supports your family while also leaving enough room to live the RV lifestyle? That's the question Dani asked when she saw other entrepreneurs posting Instagram photos of their laptops in pretty places but complaining about how overwhelmed they were with their business.
After opening business after business, Dani realized the thing that she was best at, the thing that lit her up, was the process of starting, building, and streamlining a business. Now Dani helps entrepreneurs develop processes so they can spend less time working and more time living.
This episode is a bit of a kick in the butt for anyone who feels like they are doing everything in their business and is maybe struggling to loosen the reins and let someone else pick up the slack (AKA Alyssa & I). If you've ever thought about outsourcing or finding ways to work fewer hours, this episode with Dani is a must-listen.
A few years ago, I saw a tweet that has stuck with me. Someone asked what was the best way to fund a new company. The person replied “Customers.”
There are a few routes you can go when you start a business. You can find investment, fund it yourself, fund it with presales, and so on. And each method will be different for each business you start.
With Campground Booking, Heath had a few false starts. He tried going to an angel investor, partnering with an existing company to fund development, and ultimately landed on bootstrapping.
In this final Startup series podcast, Heath shares why he decided to bootstrap the company and how that decision has affected the business and his personal life.
When you're an entrepreneur, sometimes you have to do it all. Sales, marketing, IT, support—you'll wear every hat in a day. But as your business grows, you won't have time to do it all well. Once Heath hired Scarlett, he noticed an immediate improvement in customer experience. Support response times dropped, there were fewer support requests, and more resources to empower campgrounds to learn how to solve minor problems.
Joel Holland bought Harvest Hosts in 2018 and in under two years he has grown it dramatically (I recommend going back to episode 157 before you listen to this one if you haven’t heard it). In this episode, we are diving into marketing strategies.
When you buy or start a new company, it’s hard to know where you should focus your time and energy. For Joel, he spent a good portion of time spending thousands of dollars (willingly) testing marketing strategies to grow his customer base.
Alyssa here taking over the podcast for our fourth episode of the Start Up Series starring the one and only Heath Padgett (JK there are multiple Heath Padgetts according to Facebook, but mine is the coolest).
So far we’ve covered product development, partnerships, and pricing. Now that we’ve got a product, a team, and a pricing model, it’s time to start selling. In this episode, we dive deep into sales and marketing strategies for Campground Booking.
"Pricing is hard."
It's a sentence I've heard from many entrepreneurs including Heath. It's also a question you probably have before starting your first-ever business? How do you price your product? How do you price yourself?
In today's podcast episode, there are so many nuggets of wisdom for Heath as he shares his own pricing mistakes.
Last year right around the time we found out we were pregnant and trying to figure our lives out, Heath's partner decided to leave the company. It was a crazy stressful time for us made even worse by the fact that Campground Booking had an incomplete partnership agreement.
In this episode, Heath dives into how the company structured a 3-way partnership agreement and why it was a terrible, terrible plan.
In this first episode of the series, we're talking about product development. Softwares are massive, complicated products to build. Heath thought his experience as an RV would only help him build the best possible software for campground owners. But listening to RVers proved to be a mistake. This episode is filled with lessons on how to get feedback on your product so you can continue to improve it.
After dreaming of RV life for over 20 years, Jeff and Deb have been full-timing since 2015 working with big brands like Dometic. But the real story in this podcast is how they got there and how they took their previous experience—as a Walmart employee and a chiropractor—to create an awesome mobile business.
Mike made mistake after mistake with this rehab. There was a squatter living in the house who had to be paid to leave! They chose the cheapest contractor. They left the country during the renovation. No city permits were pulled for the renovation. They were robbed—twice.
And then Hurricane Harvey hit. All the good contractors were snatched up and they were stuck living in a house with no heat or lights and a single electrical outlet.
Going onto grad school seemed like the next logical step for Nick and Hanna until one day Nick realized two things:
He didn't really want to go into engineering
People actually make money blogging
That's when he got an idea: drop out of college and become a personal finance blogger.
Together, Nick and Hanna created what is today called "Mapped Out Money", a blog and Youtube channel all about personal finance.
Jonathan runs FortySeven Media, a web design and development shop, and has traveled across the country with his family of four in an Airstream for more than four years.
And while we talk a lot about Jonathan's business in this episode, what I loved most about our conversation was this idea of balance.
Josiah and his wife Ashley were ready to jump into real estate investment. They were meeting the right people, moved to an area with a great market—but then a mentor asked Josiah one question: "What value do you bring to a real estate deal?" This question gnawed at Josiah for weeks until he realized the honest answer.
In this episode, we dive into how Josiah ended up building Investor Deal Room, a software solution for real estate investment deals.
Eight weeks after the birth of her daughter, Amber went back to her full-time job. Shortly after, her husband Chris was offered an executive chef position at a new restaurant.
As you can expect with a new baby, this was really tough.
So Amber quit her job to give freelance web development a chance. In this episode, we really dive into where that one decision has taken her family—from a Wordpress freelancer to running a marketing agency doing branding, SEO, design, and more.
If you've ever tried to store your RV, you know that it's nearly impossible to find quality RV storage. Howard ran into the same issue—but instead of getting angry and calling a dozen more storage places begging for a parking spot (not that I've ever done that or anything), Howard came up with an idea: high-end storage for RVs. That's when RV Loft was born.
Shooting weddings every weekend is emotionally and physically draining. And after years of being a professional photographer, Katie was looking for something that gave her a little more freedom. That's when a friend mentioned photo editing. Choose your own clients, work from anywhere—it's the perfect mobile business.
In the six years he's been running his remote account firm, Chad has read something like 18,000 resumes.
So you could say he has a little bit of experience with hiring.
Chad runs Live CA, a fully remote accounting firm in Canada that boasts over 60 employees. In this podcast episode—which is Chad's mainstage talk from our 2019 RV Entrepreneur Summit—Chad dives into the five stages in the hiring process.
When was the last time you took a moment to audit your life? After a few weeks of going all-in on full-time travel, Cyrus had an internal crisis. He wasn't working, he wasn't making money, and he was spending his days traveling aggressively—Something was off.
What Cyrus learned was something that I've confronted myself in the past year. When you put your identity in one thing—your job or being a full-time RVer, for example—you end up feeling lost when that thing ends.
If you own an RV, chances are you've heard of RV Trader. I personally am on RV Trader every single day, since Alyssa and I are currently trying to figure out what RV we want to own next. So I probably account for 500K of the 18 million searches their website gets each month. This episode (which isn't sponsored by RV Trader by the way) is all about the RV buying experience and some really cool data RV Trader has collected about the process. If you nerd out about RVs like me, you'll love it.
Abby Holcombe recently won 4th place at the World Championships for Freestyle Kayaking, she is the youngest person to ever kayak the Grand Canyon, and she's been RVing full-time since she was 10 years old.
Together with her parents, the Holcombe's spend over 300 days a year on the water doing what they love—kayaking. I wanted to bring Abby on the show to hear more of her story and everything she's accomplished BECAUSE her parents decided to uproot their life in Colorado in favor of life on the road.
After living and working in the Bay Area, the high cost of living and monotony of their work gave Ken and Ellisa the idea to hit the road. Ellisa’s bandmates were all moving on to different stages of life and Ken always had a love of music—together they decided to play shows across the country. Over 160 shows in a year!
In 2014, after their 3 kids had graduated from school, Eric and Tami quit their careers, sold the house, and bought their very first RV. It didn’t take them long to realize they didn’t want their RV life to end any time soon, so they had to find a way to afford it long-term.
Less than one year after becoming RVers, they bought an e-commerce site, TechnoRV.com, and although they had no online business experience, they have successfully grown it 16 times over, all while traveling the country in their R
When Joe and Kait first started RVing, they had no intentions of making money on the road. But then they started a Youtube channel as a hobby which quickly turned into a business... A business with MILLIONS of views on their van life videos.
Today we cover a few of the challenges that come with treating Youtube as a business like lowering and managing your burn rate and finding ways to diversify your income. Plus Joe shares the one thing you need in order to really make money as a content creator.
I’m excited to be back in the saddle recording episodes! For the first time since I started this show back in early 2016, I’ve taken the past few months off to spend time with our brand new baby girl—who is sleeping soundly in the other room.
In this short episode, I wanted to give you a brief update of what's been going these past few months while I've been on paternity leave.
Thanks for listening!
On today’s episode, I chat with Jenni Reichert about how instead of just creating another Amazon dropshipping business, she decided to build a brand that can outlast the ebbs and flows of Amazon competition. We dig into the beginnings of her business Baja Baby, which started as a baby product rental company and grew to include her own line of organic baby products, and also what it has been like to transition this business for life on the road. A few things we cover in this episode: How Jenni got the idea to start a baby product rental business What you need to do to start and build an Amazon brand that lasts What goes into creating the formulas for organic baby products How Jenni has transitioned her business to fit the RV lifestyle Connect with Jenni and learn more about this episode here.
Today’s episode was recorded live from our RV Entrepreneur Summit that we hosted in March at Lake Guntersville State Park. In this interview, I sat down with Jamie Sorenson, who runs the Advanced Technology team at Winnebago, to talk about their new innovations in RV design.
This small team at Winnebago has created a movement of Accessibility Enhanced vehicles, essentially opening up the RV life for people with disabilities who otherwise may not be able to travel.
Today’s episode is with my friend Emily Burton. Among being a friend and full-time RVer, Emily is also a top 1% seller on Etsy through her shop called The Paper Giraffe. With over 1,300 reviews, Emily has been able to carve out a niche for herself by largely selling printables on Etsy. If you’ve never heard of printables, they are actually a pretty incredible business for travelers because you carry zero physical inventory — you’re selling just that — digital designs for cards and invitations that people can print off at home. A few things we cover in this episode: What Emily would do differently if she were starting her Etsy store today What she’s done to differentiate herself on Etsy Which of her products have sold the best and why Connect with Emily and learn more about this episode here.
Today’s episode is with Ashley Mann. Ashley runs RV Inspiration, which is a blog focused on RV decor ideas and inspiration, among other useful advice. She started the blog back in 2017 and it’s now providing a full-time income for her as she travels with her husband Josiah in their fifth wheel. If you’re wanting to build any kind of content channel (whether it’s a blog, YouTube channel or podcast), I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation with Ashley. A few things we cover in this episode: Why it's okay to pivot in your entrepreneurial journey How to write content that will help your audience and grow your blog Where to find your target audience and how to identify their problems How to monetize your blog and treat it like a business Connect with Ashley and learn more about this episode here.
On today’s episode, I’m interviewing a dear friend of ours named Dr. Samantha, author of the book "Overcoming Overwhelm". Alyssa and I met Dr. Samantha how we’ve met a lot of our friends over the past few years. We were passing through her city and she invited us to park our RV in her driveway. Even though we just stayed a few days together, there have been so many things that Dr. Samantha shared with us that have stuck with me, specifically around self care and our health. While she’s not an RVer, I brought her onto the podcast because she specializes in the area of overcoming the feeling of overwhelm and she works with many entrepreneurs. A few things we cover in this episode: Understanding stress and overwhelm Identifying where it is coming from in your life Determining your values and what is most important Using your values and other insights to overcome overwhelm Connect with Dr. Samantha and learn more about this episode here.
On this episode, I'm interviewing Chuck and Michelle from the Status Crowes. We first met them a few years ago at our first RV Entrepreneur Summit and since then they have hit the road full-time in an RV and booked shows all across the country.
How to make money as a musician on the road is a topic that pops up sometimes in our Facebook group, so I knew Chuck and Michelle would be the perfect people to speak on this subject and offer advice to other musicians.
In this podcast episode, I bring Alyssa on the podcast to talk through how we changed up our process for setting goals in 2019. We struggled more this year than any other year to set goals and establish a direction for the next 12 months—namely since we are currently in one place instead of traveling full-time and have the big uncertainty of our daughter coming this spring.
On today’s episode, I am talking with Ed & Liz Wilcox, who I met at our first RV Entrepreneur Summit back in 2017.
A few years ago, Liz and Ed had no intentions of jumping into RV life but when they needed to make a sudden move and didn’t want to buy a house, RV life suddenly became the easiest option.
Today, Ed works as an RV mechanic—something he learned after leaving the Army—and Liz runs a blog called the Virtual Campground that if you’re in our Facebook group, you’ve probably heard of
On today’s episode, I’m sitting down with Chad Davis, who is one of the co-founders of LiveCA, a 100% remote accounting firm with around 60 employees. When Chad and his business partner started LiveCA, it was not actually legal to operate his kind of business without a physical address, but instead of deciding against this type of business, he worked with the government agency in charge and actually helped them remake the law.
In today's episode I'm interviewing my friends Marc and Alloweta. Marc and Allowetta have been married for 35 years and running a business together for 13 years, so I really wanted to talk to them about working with your spouse.
They've gone through a lot of the hurdles that young couples starting a business go through and they are just a huge wealth of knowledge on this subject. In fact, they've even started a project called Married to Business to help couples succeed at working and living together.
Today’s episode is with my friend Kathryn Cockrell. Kathryn started Happy Hound Pet Sitting at the age of 15. For several years she ran her pet sitting business in her parents’ house until they finally had enough of dogs barking and told her she needed to come up with a new solution, which she then turned to going to clients homes to pet sit for them while they were away.
Today’s episode is with Kenny and Sabrina from Moving Forward Adventures. Before hitting the road last year Kenny was the owner of a vending machine business and Sabrina was a doctor. As a new doctor, Sabrina was working crazy, crazy hours and barely had any time to spend with Kenny.
So she decided to quit her full time job and become a locum tenens doctor, which is kind of like a substitute teacher… but as a doctor (or at least the way I understand it).
In this episode, Alyssa and I reflect on 2018 and talk about the things that went well, the things that didn't go well, and the things that weren't good or bad, so weren't calling them "meh".
It's one of our favorite things to do for a few reasons, namely to put the past year behind us and start looking toward the new year with a fresh mind. Because you can't set goals for the following year if you haven't yet looked honestly at yourself and your past year and thought about what needs to change for 2019
Today’s episode is 100% random and awesome. I'm interviewing Christina Gambino, a full-time RVer and founder of JumpTwist, which provides music and choreography to gymnasts, dancers, and kids all over the world.
In addition to founding JumpTwist, Christina is currently getting ready for her third season on American Ninja Warrior.
In this episode, I interview Joel Holland who is the founder of Story Blocks and current CEO of Harvest Hosts.
Harvest Hosts is our all-time favorite camping membership that let's RVers park on wineries, farms and breweries all over North America.
Back from podcast hiatus. Today's episode is with Jeff Shelton, CEO of Wholesale Warranties.
In this episode we talk about how to deal with negative reviews, avoid toxic customers and how Jeff built one of the largest RV warranty companies in the US.
Earlier this year at a conference I heard someone say, "People respect your successes, but they relate to your struggles." That quote encompasses what this episode is all about.
Kevin and Mandy offer up an honest look into some of their biggest failures as entrepreneurs and what they learned in the process.
While on vacation, Amy and Rod Burkert started to wonder what their dogs were supposed to do while they were all on the road. A CPA by trade, Amy started to research what the road had to offer their pups and realized that there wasn’t a streamlined resource that listed all of the pet-friendly places to visit while traveling. So, Amy and Rod launched Go Pet Friendly.
Welcome to the 2nd episode in the Side Hustle series. Today on the show, I have Kim Chappell who writes for Dine, Wine & Stein Magazine. Kim talks about finding freelance writing gigs for the first time, how to pitch proposals to clients you want to work with, and always turning over stones to find the best story.
In 2015, Tim & Fin quit their jobs, put some clothes in a backpack, and booked a one-way ticket to Europe. After that trip, Tim & Fin tried to go back to working jobs like normal only to find they wanted to be back on the road.
At that point, they created a plan to make a life of travel more sustainable. Tim & Fin opened their Amazon store, Tripped Gear, in June of 2017, which allowed them the opportunity to work remotely and get back on the road. The adventure only continued from there!
Adam and Lindsey Nubern have been traveling across the world since 2014. Like most full-time travelers, Adam and Lindsey know what it’s like to struggle with questions like, Are we making the right decision? Are we where we are supposed to be?
It wasn’t until recently that they started to feel the beginning of a new season emerge in their lives and have since decided to settle for the time being in Colorado.
Triple E is a family business that started manufacturing trailers and motorhomes over fifty years ago. Today the company is still in the family, although you may know it as Leisure Travel Vans. Almost losing their business of 50 years, Ryan and Mike went through a huge transition to keep the business alive.
For decades they manufactured different types of RVs only to realize they needed to simplify to survive.
Five years ago Kathy and Peter had a thriving wedding photography business in Colorado, but they weren't happy with being chained to one location. They wanted to explore and spend time climbing and kayaking.
They created a plan that helped them to transition their local wedding photography business into adventure photography company who now works with brands like Jackson Kayaks, GoPro, Red Bull, Winnebago and much more.
Things we talk about in this episode Pushback artists face when deciding to put their products out in the world Choosing price points that work for you Utilizing Instagram for your business Allowing flexibility for your business based on your customer’s needs Learning not to rely on a single outlet for your business but taking the time to network with others Don’t be afraid to follow up with your customers for reviews and other feedback Links Probably A Good Dog Business Boutique The Dog is Driving Thanks for Listening! You’re awesome. It’s because of people like you that I get to sit around in my RV and record podcast episodes with really interesting people. If you’ve been enjoying the show and want to help others find it, I’d love a review from you in iTunes. Each and every review helps more people find the show (seriously, each one counts).
Today on the podcast we talk about 5 strategies for launching your book. This is the last episode in our test drive series talking to Alyssa about publishing her book. If you have any ideas for a series you'd like to hear, let us know!
This week, I have Eric and Tami from Techno RV on the show to talk about how they ended up in the world of e-commerce and why it's not about earning a bunch of money but a means of funding the life you want.
Writing a book is an amazing feat of character.
As Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
It takes guts, courage, time, sacrifice, and a whole lot of grit to write and publish a book, so this lesson is dedicated to strategies that will help you get those words on paper.
This week, I'm interviewing Michela Dai Zovi on the podcast. Mic is a world traveler, writer, and web developer who lives in an RV full time with her husband. In this episode, we talk about asking for things outside of your comfort zone and learning new skills to shape your freelancing career. Things we talk about in this episode How hard it is to answer the question “what is it you do?” Choosing to learn something you have no idea how to do Learning new skills by helping people you know first The power of asking for things outside of your comfort zone Asking yourself if you want to put in the time to do something new If you work at something at least a few minutes a day, you can learn something new very easily Why Mic doesn't consider herself an entrepreneur At what point you start saying “no” so you can enjoy your travels Learning what projects to pursue and which ones to walk away from Mic’s bug book Links Why Women Don’t Apply For Jobs Unless They Are 100% Qualified Programming for Everyone Bugs For Beginners
This is the third episode in our blog to book series where Alyssa and I cover what she's learned in the first six months of releasing her first book on Amazon. In this episode we cover: 4 of the major ways to reach more people on Amazon How to get more reviews for your product or book The pros and cons of releasing a book for free Link to Alyssa's book on Amazon.
This is part two of five in a series where I talk with Alyssa about how to write, launch, and market your first book.
In this episode we talk about:
How to know if you should (or shouldn't) write a book
How to seek our validation for your book before writing it
Over the past 10 years Matt and Joanna Hofmann have restored over 400 RVs and built the largest mobile architecture company in the world, all while living in a van, RV or boat.
They recently launched a new RV called the Living Vehicle and in this episode we talk about:
- The importance of going all-in when starting something new
- When it makes sense to stay small in your business
- What goes into creating a new product from nothing
This is the first episode in a five part series where I sit down with Alyssa to dig into what she learned from self-publishing her first book, A Beginner's Guide to Living in an RV.
In this episode we talk about:
Her doubts and fears before writing her first book
How she's sold over 8k copies in the first 6 months
What she learned navigating Amazon to release her book
On today’s episode I’m interviewing Tina Stanaitis and Eric Oakley. Tina and Eric are full-time RVers and professional disc golfers who also run Whale Sacs, a company that makes tie on grip bags that help to dry your hands while playing disc golf. They travel from disc golf tournaments to compete and also sell product while on site.
Kathy and Peter are two of the most adventurous people I’ve ever met. In the past two years, they’ve kayaked the entire Grand Canyon (twice) with their 14 year old daughter Abby, built an incredible photography business working with brands like Jackson Kayaks, Winnebago, GoPro, and they spend over 300 days/year out on the water kayaking while traveling full-time in their Winnebago View.
Today on the podcast I’m interviewing Kara and Nate Buchanan, who were recently voted the best in Travel on Youtube at the 10th annual Shorty Awards. They are getting close to publishing their 500th travel vlog (just in the past two years might I add) and hitting the 200k subscriber mark.
In a short period of time, they’ve transitioned their lives from Nashville, TN to being some of the most well known travel vloggers in the world and earning a full-time income from Youtube.
On today’s third "Make Me Feel Dumb" episode, I’m interviewing a good friend and author — Paul Angone. Paul authored the best selling book “101 Secrets for Your 20’s” and I asked him to be on the podcast today to talk about the importance of asking challenging questions — both in our business and lives.
In this episode, I'm interviewing our friends Jedd and Michelle from Intentional Travelers. We have been traveling with them around New Zealand and in this episode we are talking about how to save money on longterm travel through creative travel accommodations.
Jordan and Pete run a husband/wife small boutique agency geared towards helping wedding professionals grow their business. They build websites, run experiments and help their clients with Facebook ads, and do other cool projects as well.
I invited them on the podcast today to talk about how they’ve been able to create a crazy amount of opportunities for their business and attract brands/partnerships with companies who would hire them.
In this episode, my friend Sam from the Stories from the Road podcast interviews me to dig into our story. We talk about why we originally started traveling and some of our biggest struggles along the way. Definitely touch on some things I've never shared on the podcast, so I thought I'd share this interview with you guys.
On today’s episode, I’m interviewing Scott Blair. Scott is a full-time RVer who runs RVhealth.com, a startup focused on providing telehealth solutions for people like us, who live full-time on the road. With Scott’s service we can get access to doctors through a monthly membership.
What I love about this conversation with Scott is we talk about how in the first four months of launching his business he’s already grown to 100 recurring customers.
I’m recording today’s episode with Alyssa from our little freedom camping site in New Zealand. This is the trip we’ve been prepping for these past few months — our first time to go RVing abroad! On today’s test drive, I want to talk about what it’s like campervanning in a different country.
On today’s episode, we’re really nerding out on RV living VS van living with Kathleen from Tiny House Tiny Footprint. The vast majority of this time this podcast steers towards mostly business with injections of travel and ramblings about RV life, but today’s episode is really the least business talk of any podcast I’ve ever done.
On today’s episode, I’m interviewing Katie and Eric from MountainModernLife.com, a blog and online store dedicated to helping inspire people to create the environment they’ve always dreamed through a combination of lifestyle and designed.
When I first started blogging back in 2011, building an email list seemed like the Holy Grail. I remember one author specifically saying that once you hit 10,000 email subscribers, that's when publishers start knocking on your door for book deals.
Now, it seems like a lot of people are focused on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and growing other platforms. However, I wanted to specifically talk today about why I think email still really matters.
Today’s episode is with Catherine Middlebrooks. Catherine is the founder of BrbYoga, an online yoga studio that specializes in helping moms recover their core after having a baby. A few years ago, Catherine was living in Nashville, TN, teaching yoga in person before she started realizing that she wanted to capture more of her time alongside her family. So, as a yoga teacher she intuitively launched an online yoga studio, only to realize how challenging it was to stand out against the bigger online studios who were spending tens of thousands of dollars on production costs. However, she was able to dive deeper into the niche of online yoga by solving a major problem that many moms face after having a baby — redeveloping their core so they can be active a Connect with Catherine at brb Yoga. View show notes and all previous episodes here: Podcast Archives Connect with me on: Instagram Facebook Twitter
Our top 10 tips for planning a conference:
1. Validate your conference
2. Know your strengths while your building your planning team
3. Know your conference values
4. Run lean because you’ll spend more
5. Plan for your plans to not work out
6. Nail the venue
7. Make sure you have enough funds
8. Create an opportunity for people to meet before the event
9. Don’t try to over do sponsors
10. Focus on the end experience for the attendee
In this episode I share Eric and Brittany Highland's presentation from our 2018 RV Entrepreneur Summit. They are mega-practitioners and cover everything they wish they knew about blogging before getting started.
Getting started in any new business is always 100X harder than you think it will be. In this episode I share the chaos that ensued when we launched with our first software customer and what I learned in the process.
On today’s episode, I’m interviewing a very good friend of mine, Chris Crimmins. Chris and his now fiancé Rachel hit the road earlier this summer in a travel trailer.
To finance his RV travels the past year, Chris has been renting out his Nashville house on AirBNB. In just the first 8 months of renting out on AirBnB, Chris has earned over $40,000.
I wanted to have David on the podcast today to talk about how to protect your identity and business on the road, specifically in situations such as keeping your financials safe, handling personal information, and preventing hackers from getting into your website.
In this episode, I'm interviewing Andy Robinowitz from Social Knowledge LLC. We talk about how an Airstream renovation led to building and monetizing the largest RV community on the internet. Today, Andy’s online community reach via forums and media based websites are in the millions of members. In the RV industry alone he owns popular websites like RV Park Reviews, RV life Magazine, and DIY RV.
Today on the podcast, I'm interviewing Ashis Bhattacharya. Ashis is the VP of Planning and Development at Winnebago and I wanted to have him on the podcast because he's just this wealth of knowledge when it comes to engaging consumers, understanding customer behavior, and just so many things when it comes to business.
A "bridge business" is ultimately exactly what it sounds like, it is a business that helps you go from one business (typically in a service component) to the one you really want (typically in a product component).
In this episode, we will talk about how you can start your own bridge business.
In this episode, we are turning the tables and I am being interviewed by our podcast editor, Kelsey, on how podcasting changed my life and business. Kelsey has been editing the podcast for over a year now and has been pushing me to talk more about the benefits of podcasting. Our podcast has grown and developed our business, including inspiring our RV Entrepreneur Summit, and it has been the best way to meet other people living this lifestyle.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Heather Ryan to talk about how to set up and manage a business as an RV entrepreneur. Heather is an EA, Enrolled Agent, all-around an expert in taxes and actually our accountant for Campground Booking.
Many people have questions about the right kind of business to set up and what you can expense while traveling in RV. Everyone's situation is a bit different, so we dig in into a few different examples and answer some of your questions about running a business from an R
On today's Test Drive, I want to talk about why you should start a blog, podcast, Instagram, or whatever you want to start even when there are a billion others who are "better" than you or already doing what you want to do.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Demian Ross. Demian was formerly the head of marketing for a large mattress manufacturer. Then left that company to start his own agency. Now, he is RVing across the country in his 5th wheel with his best friend Nikki, while he works in a business development role for Social Media Examiner.
In this episode, I'm bringing Alyssa back on the podcast to talk about our personal and business goals from 2017. This is something that we do every year. We sit down and kind of have a year-end review where we look at the things that went really well and things that didn't go so well. We look at big trends and how we want to improve in the next year.
Joe was working in advertising and product development and Kait was working in digital marketing and data analytics when they decided to hit the road in a class C motorhome in 2015. They originally planned to travel for one year, but within one month they fell in love with the lifestyle. They knew that they had to do whatever it took to keep living on the road.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Robb and Maureen from FameRacing.com, a traveling motorsports entertainment company that specializes in race themed attractions. For 16 years, Robb and Maureen have traveled around with racing tours, staying in hotels and juggling the maintenance of keeping up with a house.
Earlier this year, they decided to make a big change by downsizing and moving themselves and their equipment full time into a 52 ft. RV.
In this episode I invited Michelle Schroeder (Making Sense of Cents) onto the podcast to talk about how we could take our blog revenue from $2,500/month to $5,000/month and what is currently holding us back.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Marshall from Finding Marshall and Camp Addict. Marshall has been traveling in his 24 ft. Lance travel trailer since 2014 and blogging at Finding Marshall about his travels and insights into nomadic life. For the first couple of years on the road, Marshall worked a full-time job. Then, like so many others that we have talked with in this lifestyle, Marshall realized that he wanted more freedom and he wanted to build something of his own. So he left his job and spent eight months building a website that he ended up not being really passionate about. Before going back and getting another job, he decided to give entrepreneurship another try. This year, Marshall co-founded Camp Addict, a site built with the goal of being the #1 source for camper accessories, travel trailer accessories, and motorhome accessories. While it might sound obvious, we talked about why it's so important to start a business that you actually care about and something that you want to be doing, instead of something you think you can make a buck at. Connect with Marshall at Finding Marshall View show notes and all previous episodes here: Podcast Archives Connect with me on: Instagram Facebook Twitter
In this episode, we talk about everything Kelsey has done to grow our Pinterest account, including some strategies around creating awesome pins and automating your pinning. This is an intensely tactical episode! You can get a downloadable Pinterest Guide in the shownotes loaded with tutorials, stats, and a case study showing how Kelsey's strategies affected our growth.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Andy from Bus Life NZ. Andy is currently traveling around New Zealand in a converted bus with his family of four. He also runs a popular YouTube channel, also called Bus Life NZ.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Steve Adcock (and Courtney) from Think Save Retire.
Steve, is a former software developer and his wife Courtney is a soon-to-be retired rocket scientist. Steve set a personal goal to retire at 40, but actually ended up retiring last year at the ripe age of 36 and shortly after hit the road in a 2005 Airstream.
Today on the podcast I'm interviewing Chris and Cherie from Technomadia.
I first interviewed Chris and Cherie back on Episode 9 of the podcast. Since then, they now have two nomadic homes. In the winter, they roam by land in a 1961 vintage bus conversion and in the warmer months they slowly cruise by motoryacht, exploring the Great Loop.
In this episode, I’m interviewing Marc and Tricia from Keep Your Daydream, a popular travel blog, podcast and YouTube channel. It all started with watching RV travel bloggers on YouTube, which inspired a 6 month road trip in an RV. A year and a half later, Marc, Tricia, and their three kids are still traveling and living a life of adventure. Now they are the ones inspiring others to join this lifestyle.
To celebrate 100 episodes of the RV Entrepreneur podcast, this week I kicked off a new series called “Make me feel dumb”. The idea behind this series is to bring on guests who can challenge me in various areas of our business.
In this episode I invited Nathan Barry onto the podcast to talk about how he built ConvertKit to a $10 million company.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Will and Jessica from World Towning, a website, blog, and online community dedicated to helping people travel the world slowly, one hometown at a time. They travel with their two kids, Avalon and Largo as well as their pet hamster named Sunshine and are currently fulltime RVing in Europe.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Alyssa about the process of preparing to launch her ebook on Amazon. Her ebook, RVing America: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Fulltime RVer, will be available on November 14th. This will be our first experience in launching a book on Amazon and we will be documenting the process for the website and the podcast.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Paul and Caroline Lacitinola from Vintage Camper Trailers, a website, magazine, and community with a massive cross country following. They host sold out rallies all over the country and have personally restored over 30 vintage camper trailers.
On today’s test drive, I’m going to talk about something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, which is how to identify and reframe pain points in our business and/or life through the lens of an opportunity for growth.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Jill Sessa, founder of WPHelp.com. Jill spoke at the RVE Summit last year (and is speaking again this year!) and has a crazy amount of experience in outsourcing while on the road.
In the episode, we get into all of Jill's amazing experience with running a company on the road and outsourcing, but we also talk about the kindness of strangers and why this is so crucial to your life on the road.
Abigail is a serial side hustler, but her main side hustle is Upwork, where she has earned over $20,000 for her project management services. On today's episode, Abigail shares her secrets to winning at Upwork.
On today’s episode, I’m going to interview my lovely wife Alyssa about the process of paying down our student loan debt and how we were able to knock that out while traveling full-time. We recently sent in the last payment on our student loans, proving that you can travel and pay off debt.
In today’s episode, I interview Kevin Holesh, founder of the Moment app. In the past year, Kevin has doubled his revenue by focusing on the benefits, instead of the features, of his app. This his allowed him and his wife Mandy to pay off over $100,000 of student debt.
Today on the podcast, I am talking with Kyle Kesterson. Kyle is an app developer, artist, photographer and one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. A few months back Kyle and I were approached from some of our friends at Winnebago to consult and help them with the launch of 3 brand new RVs. Our task with this launch was to help create hype and buzz around a new product, create assets, tell the brand story and actually have a synchronized launch to consumers and dealers.
Today’s test drive is all about starting a podcast. I have learned a lot about podcasting in the past two years. There are so many ways in which The RV Entrepreneur podcast has improved our lives and our business. This episode is for anyone who is interested starting their own podcast, or just learning more about my journey with podcasting.
In each interview, I ask "What does success look like for you in this lifestyle?". Today's episode features clips from previous interviews with 11 RV Entrepreneurs. I talk about why this question is so important to me and what we can learn from the answers from these inspiring RV Entrepreneurs.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Alex Oetzell, who just finished touring the US in a remodeled school bus. This interview is great inspiration for adventurers of all ages who want to travel, but also specifically to solo female travelers. In this interview, Alex shares her experiences with finding places to stay, staying safe, making friends on the road, and much more.
On today’s test drive, I’m going to talk about how to successfully launch an online course. For the first few years of our company, Padgett Creative, online courses were our main source of client projects. During this time we learned who can make an online course, how to be successful, and what common mistakes to avoid.
Today's episode is an interview from last year with Carrie Olsen, a professional voice actress. Carrie traveled around the country in an RV with her husband and daughter, while promoting their book "One Bed, One Bank Account".
On today’s Test Drive, I wanted to share 3 books that have had an impact on my life, specifically since we started living on the road. One of the reasons that we wanted to hit the road was to create more time and flexibility in our lives. Every year, Alyssa and I have a specific number of books that we want to read and these are a few that I keep going back to over time.
Bryanna Royal travels with her husband, 4 kids, and 2 dogs in a 23 ft. Winnebago View while running their business, Virtual Powerhouse, and their travel blog Crazy Family Adventure. This episode features Bryanna's talk from the RVE Summit 2017. She shares her family's experience with transitioning work on the road, how to lower your burn rate, and why you should push your comfort zone.
In the Facebook group, we get a lot of questions on how to find new clients while traveling. For today's episode, I talk about how Alyssa and I have grown our service-based business, what you can do to build your network, and the best way to reach out to potential clients. Also today, we introduce a new format for Friday shows call Test Drives.
Health insurance can be a huge obstacle for those who want to live the RV lifestyle. Kyle Henson noticed this problem early in his RV adventures. With a background in insurance, Kyle started the RVer Insurance Exchange, now in partnership with Escapees. In this episode, we talk about navigating healthcare, but also about how Kyle started, built, and sold this business.
When building your business, you're going to experience some growing pains. In this episode, David Blackmon from Aspen Grove Studios is back on the show to talk about how to scale your business. He includes some great advice for entrepreneurs on hiring, outsourcing, and selling. He also talks about the great advantage of being an RV entrepreneur when it comes to having the freedom to pivot in life and in your business.
Alyssa and I started our RV life by filming our documentary "Hourly America", which is the story of us traveling around the country in Franklin, our 1994 motorhome, while Alyssa filmed me working a job in all 50 states. In this episode, we talk about the story behind this idea, how we brought the idea to life, and how we found a sponsor for our project.
Jake Newell is the opposite of most people. At night his artwork (hand engraving) pays the bills so during the day he can volunteer full-time for Habitat for Humanity.
In this episode he shares how, since 2011, he's traveled full-time, built houses, and a business that enables to volunteer and explore America. We talk about the ongoing dilemma he faces between being the best hand engraver in the world or doing the most fulfilling work possible (building homes for Habitat).
Financial runway is crucial for any new business. Focusing on extending our runway has enabled us to keep traveling the past few years. In this episode I talk about the importance of financial runway, how we've been able to extend ours, and how you can calculate your own runway.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Marc and Julie from RV Love, which is their Youtube channel and blog. They are also the founders of RV Success School, an online educational platform to help you start RVing. They have been traveling around the country for the past three years and visited 49 states. Marc recently transitioned from his full-time job into their new educational business.
Everyone loves to talk about building a profitable blog, but rarely do we talk about the less sexy side of blogging. We don't talk about how it takes years and years of practice or why most people fail at it. In this episode I talk about why I think blogging is a terrible business.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing the co-founder of Outdoorsy, Ryan Quinn. Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer RV sharing marketplace, where Alyssa and I have rented our RV out in the past year. Since launching outdoorsy, Ryan has been traveling around in his van and recently upgraded to a large class A. Outdoorsy has been one of the fastest-growing startups in the RV space.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Mandy Holesh, a wedding photographer, fashion blogger, and as of recently-- a jewelry designer. Mandy travels in a 5th wheel with her husband Kevin, who I interviewed back on episode 10, as well as Grizzly, Nimbus, Luna, and Foxey, the furry friends of the Holesh family.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Erin and Dan, who are the owners of the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. You may have heard me talk about them on the show before because I love what they are doing in the online space (and obviously their campground is really cool too).
When we bought our first RV, a 1994 Coachmen Leprechaun, we had no idea what the heck we were doing. We did very little planning before diving into this lifestyle headfirst.
In this short episode, Alyssa and I talk about some of the things we'd do differently during those first six months on the road and other lessons from the road.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Tim Paige. Tim is a voice actor who has done work for companies like The Travel Channel, Jimmy Kimmel, UFC, and NBC. Also, for the past three years he has been the producer and host of a podcast called ConversionCast, a podcast documenting an Inc. 500 company called Leadpages, which has built one of the largest and fastest-growing start-ups in the country. Tim is currently in the planning stages of transitioning into RV life.
This question has been the biggest struggle for me since we started traveling in an RV.
Should I spend my days working or exploring?
We initially started traveling in an RV because it was a way for us to explore the country, travel cheap, and spend longer periods of time in places. But once we fell in love with the lifestyle, we had to mix a bit more practicality into the equation and pay our bills alongside the travel.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Jim and Heather, who have been traveling around the US for the past 341 days in their 1995 Ford Tioga named Bertha. They have competed in triathlons and trained other athletes all while exploring the country.
When thinking of monetizing a travel blog, most people think of Amazon affiliates, advertising, and other "passive income" strategies. But these aren't the most efficient if you're trying to build up revenue early on from a travel blog. Those strategies are fine, but they take way more time, knowledge, and skill than most people have or are willing to learn.
Sorry, but true.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Cees and Madison from Ourvie.com. Last year, I brought Cees and Madison on the show to talk about their 59 national park journey. They wrapped up the majority of the trip before they stopped to have their little baby Theo.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing James and Stefany from TheFitRV.com. They have been RVing since 2010 and currently drive a yellow Winnebago Travato all around the country. Stefany is a personal trainer who practices locally when they are home in Utah and James is a legit former rocket scientist.
Obviously one of the biggest expenses while RVing is campground rates. One easy way to combat this is to boondock for long periods of time on BLM land or in national forests or in your friend’s driveway who doesn’t mind putting up with you and your RV for an extended stay.
But if driveway stays don’t appeal to you and maybe you’re not set up mentally or RV isn’t set up physically for long boondocking periods, I wanted to talk about a way to drastically decrease camping fees.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Kali from The Freedom Theory on Youtube. Kali and her husband Josh have been RVing for 2 years now in their fifth wheel. During this time, she has published hundreds of travel vlogs … Read More The post RVE 0058: How to Start and Monetize a YouTube Channel from Scratch appeared first on Heath and Alyssa.
Today’s Episode is Sponsored by WeBoost Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Joe Hendricks, an award-winning photographer who has been rving with his wife Rhonda and his son Austin for over a year. While on the road, he has … Read More The post RVE 0057: Being a Creative on The Road: Motivation, Selling Photos, and Not Giving Up appeared first on Heath and Alyssa.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing mural artist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs from The Greetings Tour, who have been traveling in their RV for the past 2 years creating interactive murals inspired by vintage, large-letter greeting cards. … Read More The post RVE 0056: The Greetings Tour: Meet the Couple Who is Painting Across America appeared first on Heath and Alyssa.
Today on the podcast is another live recording from the RV Entrepreneur Summit with Jill Sessa. In this episode, Jill talks about finding your flow, how she turns on the tap of client work while she’s out on the road … Read More The post RVE 0055: Redefining Rules for Success and Finding Your Flow with Jill Sessa (Part 2) appeared first on Heath and Alyssa.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Adam Norrell from the Tiny Ass Camper blog. Adam lives in a tiny ass 17 foot Casita trailer with his wife Jenn, their daughter Imogen, and their chihuahua Dakota.
Today on the podcast is a live recording from The RV Entrepreneur Summit with Eric and Brittany Highland from RV Wanderlust. Eric and Brittany are social media pro’s and cover a wide range of social media strategies in this episode.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Ian Horgan from Wayfarer Vans. Wayfarer Vans makes plug-in-play camper kits for specific types of vans. Ian left his job a year ago at RVC Hospitality, who owns 10 campgrounds across the country...
Last week we hosted the first RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, Texas. We met 120 nomadic entrepreneurs, made tons of new friends and were forced outside our comfort zone in a huge way.
If you weren’t able to make it to the RVE Summit in person or watch the Facebook Live stream, in this episode we break down some of the biggest themes and takeaways from the event.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Brendan and Sam from Life Among Pines. Before hitting the road two months ago, Brendan and Sam both started their own businesses. Brendan used his 5 years of ecommerce experience to start an agency called Quarry Design Group and Sam used her love of animals to start Mugsy Supply House, an Etsy store for pet-themed mugs. While starting these businesses, they also completed an awesome RV remodel of Phileas, their 2007 Fleetwood Bounder.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Jason Wyatt, a full-time RVer and retail arbitrage specialist. Retail arbitrage is buying products at a low cost from places like stores or flea markets and flipping them on Amazon for a profit. Jason also runs an online community to help people get started on Amazon over at Touring Freedom and a Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. He was recently featured in an article in a front page story of the Wall Street Journal, documenting his RV based business.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Nathan and Marissa from Less Junk More Journey. Nathan, Marissa, and their daughter Hensley have been RVing around the country for the past year and recently upgraded to a sweet Airstream. In addition to building an insanely popular YouTube channel with 40,000 subscribers (and nearly 6 million views), Marissa is a nurse and Nathan has dabbled in many different ventures, including rental properties and computer repair.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Adam Nubern from NuVentureTravels.com and NuVenture CPA. Adam and his wife Lindsey have been traveling around the country for the last year in Bernadette, their 2009 Casita trailer. Adam was actually the first guest on the RV Entrepreneur podcast. You can listen to him and Lindsey talk about financial runways on episode 2 here.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Jason Moore, host of the Zero to Travel podcast – one of the top-ranked travel podcasts in iTunes. Jason is also co-founder of Location Indie, a community of people helping each other kick ass in business and travel.
A few years ago Jordan and Brittany left their jobs in the finance world to pursue their dream jobs — Brittany in professional photography and Jordan in professional golf.
After playing in pro golf tournaments and building a client base of photography, they decided to build up an online business that allowed them to travel full-time. One year later, they’ve decided to up the ante and this year Brittany and Jordan are playing Golf Digest’s 100 Top Golf Courses in America.
Last year I interviewed Kevin on episode 10, where we talked about Moment, the popular iPhone app he built that now has over 3,000,000 users.
Today’s podcast format is a little different. I’m actually being interviewed by Kevin on what has been going on in my own business.
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Kimberly Travaglino. In 2010, Kimberly and her husband Chris founded Fulltime Families, which is a website created to provide solutions to the questions and challenges of full time traveling families.
Today on the podcast, back by popular demand, I’m interviewing my wife, Alyssa. Alyssa and I run a Facebook group called Make Money and RV, which is a resource for people who are transitioning into the full-time travel lifestyle. Each day we admit around 30-50 new members to the group and there are tons of questions that people post on a daily basis.
So for this episode, we’ve taken some of those most popular questions and are going to do our best to answer them on the show today.
Today on podcast, I’m interviewing David Blackmon. David is an explorer and a traveler, web developer, and a creative free spirit that enjoys learning and sharing his knowledge with the world. He travels full time with his wife, while running Aspen Grove Studios, which is a WordPress design company that creates child themes and plugins.
Today on podcast, I’m interviewing Eric Hannan from Shorelooksnice.com. Eric and his wife Danielle have been traveling around the United States in their Road Warrior 5th wheel since June of 2014. Eric previously ran his own direct marketing company with over 100 employees and now runs his own social media marketing company for RV dealerships. He also has done sales consulting for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
This episode is all about how to save money, retire early and go RVing with JD Roth
Today on the podcast, I’m interviewing J.D. Roth. In 2006, J.D. launched a blog called Get Rich Slowly, which documented his journey of being $35,000 in debt and learning how to take control of his financial life. He eventually sold that blog in 2009… yes, it is possible to sell a blog.
J.D. recently spent a year driving across the country in his 29 ft. RV, which is what brings him to the RV Entrepreneur podcast!
Today on the podcast I’m interviewing Marianne Edwards and her daughter Anna Maste, who are the two co-founders of Boondockers Welcome. Boondockers Welcome is a website where RVers can find free camping (aka boondocking spots) all over the country.
Marianne has been RVing and boondocking around the country for over a decade. She has been featured in the New York Times, built a large following on her blog at Frugal RV Travel, and written several guides on how to find epic boondocking spots.
Today on podcast, I’m interviewing Kyle Kesterson, a storyteller, incredible photographer, illustrator, and also the founder of Freak n’ Genius and Campfire. Kyle has written for media outlets like Geekwire and Huffington Post. One of his start-ups even received an investment from Tony Hsieh of Zappos.
Kyle has been on the road now for a little over two years and is currently living in a red Winnebago Travato named Bramf with his best friend Bentley Bean, an 8 ½ year old Border Terrier.
Today’s episode of the RVE podcast I interviewed Paul Singh and Dana Duncan who are RVing across the country in their airstream on a Tech Tour. Paul is a previous partner of 500 Startups, a well-known seed fund and network of startup programs and Dana has been an advisor to multiple coding schools across the country.
Today on the podcast I’m interviewing Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. Making Sense of Cents is one of THE top finance blogs on the internet with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers and it is also a blog that produces over six figures a month.
Today I’m interviewing Marie from ArdentCamper.com who runs Owl Eyes creative and travels full-time with her husband Josh in their 2002 Fleetwood Motorhome. Marie is a professional copywriter who works with nonprofits, small businesses and solo entrepreneurs to help them tell better stories.
Today on The RV Entrepreneur I’m interviewing EJ and Ryan, two cofounders of Javazen Coffee. Javazen is a new kind of coffee that’s blended with superfoods and tea.
The Javazen team was talking with an investor who said if they really want to push their coffee in super markets, they needed to hit the road and go meet their customers face to face.
So they packed the whole company into an RV and coordinated a cross-country tour visiting Wegman Grocery Stores.
Jeremy and Stephanie wrote the book on RV Vacations (literally). Earlier this year they published the Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations with Penguin Random House and have built up their blog and podcast network as a reputable source of information in the RV industry.
Today on The RV Entrepreneur I’m interviewing Paul and Nina from WheelingIt.us. Paul is an active investor, with a technology background, and Nina runs a very engaged RV blog that actually just surpassed seven million views. They have been full-time RVing now for seven years.
Today on the podcast I’m interviewing Josh and Shelley Hartman. Josh and Shelley are outdoor photographers who travel full-time in their Casita trailer. They travel across the country taking photos of engagement sessions in national parks and weddings all over the world.
For over 40 years Mike was one of the world’s most traveled journalist. He has won over 18 Emmy awards, honors from the Associated Press, he has reported all over the world and has a longtime running segment on NBC-TV since 1994 titled PC Mike which gets distributed to over 215 stations each week. 5 years ago he hit the road full-time with his wife Jennifer and started Roadtreking to document his travels across North America. As of today, it’s become one of the most popular RV blogs on the internet.
Peter and John didn’t hit the road with the intention of becoming Youtube stars or starting a business. To this day they don’t even consider themselves very entrepreneurial. Yet, they’ve managed to build a well known brand on Youtube and web design business with over 100 repeat customers.
Until this point, all of the RV entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed on this podcast have been running their business from their RV. On this episode, I interviewed someone who actually started a company within the RV industry.
At different times while pulling into campgrounds, Alyssa and I have considered the possibility of workamping (or camphosting). We have mostly had these thoughts when pulling into epic campgrounds like the KOA near Santa Cruz, California. You want to pay me and give me free lodging to work here part-time, just a few miles away from the ocean? Okay, no problem.
Today on the podcast I’m interviewing Rich Charpentier. Rich has a blog at the airstreamchronicles.com and owns a company called RLC Designs that focus on creating high end web design and SEO for RV parks and campgrounds. He’s been traveling in his airstream the past ten years while doing everything from professional photography to releasing his own digital products on the web.
I’ve been wanted to get started in drop shipping products for quite some time. Today on the podcast I sat down and interviewed someone who has been rocking the drop shipping world for quite some time. His name is David Couillard. David is a digital strategist and works with brands and businesses helping them build and maintain websites. However, he’s also started two other companies– a doggy poop bag business and a hard camera case drop shipping business.
“How do other women handle repairs and maintenance on the RV?”
“What are some safety tips?”
“Is it safe for me to hit the road by myself.”
Kate and I cover all of these on the podcast today and she talks about how she was able to transition her full-time employment with a consulting company to working on the road. She’s now been traveling all over the country in her Winnebago Travato for more than a year and a half.
Today on the podcast I sat down to talk with Sigfried from TrailandHitch.com. Sigfried was a software developer for more than 20 years, making over $100k and then decided he’d had enough with office politics and sitting inside an office all day. Towards the end of last year Sig and his wife hit the road and decided to try out the full-time RV lifestyle. They sold their house, bought an airstream and hit the road.
This year Cees and Madison are traveling to all 59 national parks. Last fall they were still in college and working in part-time sales for a real estate company. On episode #20 of the RVE podcast I chat with them about how they were able to get sponsored by major companies and completely fund their quest to 59 national parks.
Today on the show I’m interviewing a couple of musicians that go by Winnie Brave, aka Amy and Brad, who describe themselves as a “soulful composite of roots and folk”. They are a husband and wife band that just recently got off a 4-month tour around the US in their… wait for it, 1976 Winnebago Brave! This is the Winnebago Brave classic RV that Alyssa’s and my retro version is modeled after.
Today I’m interviewing a couple named Kim and Eric who are currently transitioning from living full-time on a boat to living full-time in an RV.
This summer they’ll be traveling around the US with their two Macaw parrots, Harley and Maley, and transitioning their life from living on a sailboat and working to living on a bus and working. Eric is a musician who has written over two hundred songs and also released an album call “Songs for Sail” that sold over 100,000 copies and went certified gold.
In this episode, Jill Sessa talks about what it’s been like driving her RV (and scooter) across America for the past few years while running a service-based business from the road. Jill also offers up some travel advice for solo female RVers who are either on the road or are working towards full-time travel.
This week on The RV Entrepreneur podcast I sat down with David Risley from BlogMarketingAcademy.com and RVFamilyTravel.com to talk about his wealth of knowledge as it pertains to building a profitable blog.
In this episode of The RV Entrepreneur podcast I sat down with Chris Badgett to talk about his transition from dog mushing in Alaska to full-time RVing.
I think Chris’ has one of the crazier stories from people who I’ve interviewed on the podcast. As of today, Chris runs a 15 person company out of his teardrop RV called Lifter LMS. But not long ago, he was up in Alaska working as a sled dog tour guide.
At certain points on the podcast we’ve talked about freelance writing for companies, but what the heck does that even mean? How do you become a freelance writer and can you actually make a decent income from doing it? In episode #14 of The RV Entrepreneur Podcast I sat down with Mark Cuda to chat about how he’s built up a business as a “content strategist”. This is a fancy word for freelance writer, but he does SO much more than just writing.
On today’s episode of the podcast I sat down with Alyssa to do a Q&A episode. This is my first time experimenting with this format, but I’ve had people ask for Alyssa to interview me… so we decided to make that happen!
On this week’s episode of The RV Entrepreneur I sat down to interview Kathy and Peter Holcombe from famagogo.com. They are adventure and life photographers who have been traveling all over the country in their Winnebago View RV since June of 2014.
Kathy and Peter are sponsored by companies like Winnebago, Jackson Kayaks, and GoPro and take some of the most epic photos I’ve ever seen in my life.
This week on The RV Entrepreneur podcast I interviewed Christian and Elisa Genco (husband and wife). They are 23 & 24 years old. They live full-time in their motorhome, they are debt-free, and have multiple online businesses that allow them to work from anywhere. On Christian’s website it says they are on track to retire by the time they are 30 years old.
On Episode #9 of The RV Entrepreneur I sat down with Technomadia to talk about how the nomadic career and how they stay connected while boon-docking and staying in national parks.
If you’ve never heard of Technomadia, they keep a blog at Technomadia.com and they wrote a book called The Mobile Internet Handbook. They’ve also been advisors to companies like RVillage and Xscapers, developed several of their own apps, and been at this RV lifestyle thing for longer than most.
There are a butt load of ways to make money while traveling. But I believe one of the more accessible and sensible options is starting a virtual assistant business.
Becoming a virtual assistant means… well, exactly what the title implies. You are a “virtual” assistant. The name of the job title literally means you don’t have to be there in-person. If you are trying to figure out a way to build up an income on the road, you are going to enjoy today’s episode.
I’ve never considered the idea of RVing in Mexico, but in episode number seven of The RV Entrepreneur I sat down to talk with Paul Kortman. Paul is currently boon docking his RV on a beach in Mexico with his family of six while he runs his digital marketing agency.
Welcome to episode six of The RV Entrepreneur Podcast! In this episode of The RV Entrepreneur Alyssa and I sit down to talk about what it’s been like living, working, and traveling in an RV during our first couple years of marriage.
Kyle and Olivia Brady spend a Tim-Ferris style amount of time on their weekly amount of work as they travel around the country in their Casita RV. In episode 6 of The RV Entrepreneur, Kyle and Olivia share the tricks and tips on how they’ve created a thriving Vintage Etsy store.
What do you do when you have a plan for making money on the road, but once you hit the road that plan 100% falls to pieces and doesn’t work? That’s exactly what happened to Nick Peterson from LivinLightly when he and his wife Shae hit the road a couple years ago.
Welcome to episode number 2 of the RV Entrepreneur Podcast! In today’s episode I sat down to talk with Adam and Lindsey of NuVentureTravels.com about how to save up for longterm travel (even when you aren’t making a lot of money).
Adam is a CPA and Lindsey is a writer. They are in their late 20’s and just recently made the switch to the RV lifestyle. However, they’ve been traveling all over the United States and the globe for the past year and a half (just not in an RV).