The RV Entrepreneur
By Heath Padgett
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.
The last episode of RV Entrepreneur (why the show is ending & what’s next)
After 233 episodes, this is my last episode of The RV Entrepreneur podcast. In this episode I share why I’m ending the podcast, what’s next for us and some details around our 2021 RVE Summit that we’re hosting in Colorado. It’s been an incredible journey, thanks for joining me.
July 11, 2021
RVE 232: Come stay at our "campground!" (Under contract and making plans to break ground!)
After three years of dreaming, shopping, researching, and hoping we could find our own campground, we are under contract and closing next week on our own property! In today's episode, we are diving into: Where our property is and some of our building plans How we found this opportunity (and passed on it and then decided to go for it!) Our many, MANY ideas for what we can do with this space The fact that 1 GB fiber internet gets set up next week (Heath NEEDS everyone to know this 😂) And how you can come to stay at the campground this year—even though the actual RV sites won't be built out or open until the 2022 camping season! --- This episode is sponsored by Pillowpak. One thing almost every RV lacks is a place to hang up and store a backpack, but you always need one for hiking, taking an overnight trip, or just packing up your laptop to work away from your rig. Pillowpak offers a line of lightweight, machine-washable backpacks and organizing bags that easily roll and stow away in small spaces. We spent two weeks in Florida and we stayed a short two-minute walk away from the beach and used the 55-liter Pillowpak to fill with towels, snacks, water, extra clothes, and we brought along the utility bag to stuff our wet towels into so that snacks and clean clothes didn’t get sandy and wet. And then since the bags are all machine washable, before we left Florida, we could run everything through the washing machine so we aren’t tracking sand around everywhere! Pillowpak has a line of different bags depending on what you’re looking for. To check out all of their super lightweight, easily rolled and stowed, and fully machine washable products and pick up a Pillowpak of your own, visit getpillowpak.com. --- We can't wait to have keys in hand and make this schoolyard from the 1940s into a modern campground. I hope you enjoy listening to us share our big plans as much as we loved recording this episode! :) If after listening to this episode you're excited to come boondock with us this year, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
June 08, 2021
RVE 231: How to Buy a Blog with Debra & Barry Benton
Last week, Liz Wilcox shared the process of how to build, package, and sell a blog. This week, as promised, we are sharing the other side of the story: how to buy a blog. Debra and Barry Benton—who we met on the road a few years ago—saw Liz's post in our RVE Facebook group that she wanted to sell her blog and jumped on the opportunity. In this episode, they share why they wanted to buy a blog and the process they went through to finalize the sale. --- This episode is sponsored by Pillowpak. One thing almost every RV lacks is a place to hang up and store a backpack, but you always need one for hiking, taking an overnight trip, or just packing up your laptop to work away from your rig. Pillowpak offers a line of lightweight, machine-washable backpacks and organizing bags that easily roll and stow away in small spaces. We spent two weeks in Florida and we stayed a short two-minute walk away from the beach and used the 55-liter Pillowpak to fill with towels, snacks, water, extra clothes, and we brought along the utility bag to stuff our wet towels into so that snacks and clean clothes didn’t get sandy and wet. And then since the bags are all machine washable, before we left Florida, we could run everything through the washing machine so we aren’t tracking sand around everywhere! Pillowpak has a line of different bags depending on what you’re looking for. To check out all of their super lightweight, easily rolled and stowed, and fully machine washable products and pick up a Pillowpak of your own, visit getpillowpak.com. --- In this episode, Heath, Debra & Barry cover: Debra and Barrys initial plan for hitting the road Pros and cons to buying a blog What the diligence process looked like The value of hiring a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf Create incentives for the seller to stick around to help you transition You can follow Debra and Barry at Thevirtualcampground.com or on Instagram at @thevirtualcampground.
June 04, 2021
RVE 230: How to Sell a Blog (from start to finish) with Liz Wilcox
How do you start a blog, make money with it, and then sell it when you're ready to move on? That's the problem Liz Wilcox tackles in this interview. You may recognize her name from following her blog and I'm excited to bring her back on the show to share the saga of how she sold her blog. --- This episode is sponsored by Pillowpak. **SALE: Tuesday, May 25 to Monday, May 31st at midnight, Pillow Pak is running a Memorial day sale for 20% off your purchase when you use the code honor20. Visit getpillowpak.com to shop.** One thing almost every RV lacks is a place to hang up and store a backpack, but you always need one for hiking, taking an overnight trip, or just packing up your laptop to work away from your rig. Pillowpak offers a line of lightweight, machine-washable backpacks and organizing bags that easily roll and stow away in small spaces. We spent two weeks in Florida and we stayed a short two-minute walk away from the beach and used the 55-liter Pillowpak to fill with towels, snacks, water, extra clothes, and we brought along the utility bag to stuff our wet towels into so that snacks and clean clothes didn’t get sandy and wet. And then since the bags are all machine washable, before we left Florida, we could run everything through the washing machine so we aren’t tracking sand around everywhere! Pillowpak has a line of different bags depending on what you’re looking for. To check out all of their super lightweight, easily rolled and stowed, and fully machine washable products and pick up a Pillowpak of your own, visit getpillowpak.com. --- In this episode, Liz shares: The process of getting started Her initial start and vision Her multiple income streams as she tried to make money Separating her blog from her personal life to make it easier to sell How she ultimately packaged up her blog to be sold Liz shares so. many. helpful resources in this episode worth bookmarking. I've linked them below for your reference! How to Travel America on $2K/month Course RVE 0061: What Happens When We Quit RVing? RVE 207: How to Find a Remote Job (in 90 days or less) Blog: She used our Facebook group to sell her company?! Event: Full-time Freedom Week RVE 155: The Success and Struggles of Working for Yourself Book: Tales from the Black Tank Simplified Business Systems Course: Fix It Yourself The Virtual Campground on Youtube The Virtual Campground
May 25, 2021
RVE 229: 8 Ways to Make Money as a Blogger
You sell the house, you buy an RV, you start a blog. But how do you take a blog and actually turn it into a profitable business? Today Alyssa shares ways to monetize a blog plus how to start treating your blog as a business instead of a hobby. Blogging is always the #1 way new RVers tell us they want to make money. You can work from anywhere, have endless stories to share, and you always see bloggers sharing amazing things online. It's a dream job! But building up a profitable blog can take years—especially if you don't know how to blog as a business. --- This episode is sponsored by Pillowpak. One thing almost every RV lacks is a place to hang up and store a backpack, but you always need one for hiking, taking an overnight trip, or just packing up your laptop to work away from your rig. Pillowpakoffers a line of lightweight, machine-washable backpacks and organizing bags that easily roll and stow away in small spaces. We just spent two weeks in Florida and we stayed a short two-minute walk away from the beach and used the 55-liter Pillowpak to fill with towels, snacks, water, extra clothes, and we brought along the utility bag to stuff our wet towels into so that snacks and clean clothes didn’t get sandy and wet. And then since the bags are all machine washable, before we left Florida, we could run everything through the washing machine so we aren’t tracking sand around everywhere! Pillowpak has a line of different bags depending on what you’re looking for. From the casual day hike with the Cubepak, a day away from the rig with the Pillowpak, to storing water hoses with the Utility Bag or packing those muddy shoes in the Shoe Bag. To check out all of their super light weight, easily rolled and stowed, and fully machine-washable products and pick up a Pillowpak of your own, visit getpillowpak.com. --- Today's episode dives into how to treat your blog as a business and the strategies we've used to build a six-figure blog. This is a recording of a live workshop Alyssa taught as part of our 2020 RV Entrepreneur Summit and the basis for our course, Blogging as a Business. It's part of our RV Entrepreneur School and gets way more tactical with step-by-step advice to take the strategies you hear about in this episode and put them into action. If you're looking to start making money from your blog, you can check out the course and get 50% off for listening to this episode with the code makemoneyRVing. Enroll in course for 50% off this week. Use the code MAKEMONEYRVING at checkout. Links in this episode: GetPillowpak.com The RV Entrepreneur School Blogging as a Business Course Download the slides from this workshop
May 18, 2021
RVE 228: Creating & Selling Pewter Cast Jewelry on the Road
Hailey and her boyfriend always talked about living differently. Maybe a tiny house or a straw-bale construction. An RV turned out to be the perfect new home. And when they pictured RV life, Hailey always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. She wanted the freedom that so many of us hit the road searching for. She took her skills in pewter casting and started making jewelry, which turned into her first business: Lynn Mineral. --- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. --- Hailey & Heath also cover: Fees with selling at farmers markets and craft fairs Giving up a steady paycheck to make less but do what you love The process of pewter casting on the road Her failed plan to sell B2B and her quick pivot to B2C How Hailey markets her jewelry online Hailey's vision for her business moving forward Connect with Hailey and shop her collection: LynnMineral.com @lynnmineral on Instagram Shop Lynn Mineral on Etsy
May 12, 2021
RVE 227: Theresé Teaches Yoga for RVers
Theresé's corporate job was stressing her out. Between working full time and teaching fitness on the side, her schedule was packed. And when her doctor recommended yoga to help her de-stress, Theresé was adamantly against it. She hated her first class. And the second. And the third. But in the fourth class something changed. Six months later she was teaching yoga. After teaching in person, Theresé took her practice on the road, almost immediately seeing the need for yoga for RVers. Between physical activities like hiking and sedentary activities like long drive days, Theresé felt her body need yoga after a long day. She started teaching yoga classes at RV events and teaching private classes to travelers. In this episode, Heath and Theresé talk about: The “tape reel” and what you’re telling yourself and limiting beliefs as an entrepreneur The power of setting your intentions and goals regularly How Theresé took her practice on the road Creating a loyal following How to get started with yoga 🧘♀️ 6 easy stretches to do whenever you pull over on drive days Breathing exercises and meditations you can do behind the wheel Adapting in-person classes during COVID 😷 How a sense of community helps you work out more consistently --- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. --- Links mentioned in this episode: 6 Stretches for RV Travel Days (free PDF download) Yoga with Adriene Yoga with Kassandra Escapees Traveling Yogis TheTrippingYogi.com Free Yoga Videos with Theresé
May 05, 2021
RVE 226: We why sold Campground Booking
This week we have some pretty big news. Campground Booking has been acquired. In this episode I share why we sold the company, who bought it and what's next.
April 27, 2021
RVE 225: Switching Careers & Finding Remote Work with Resume Lezlie
Finding remote work can be intimidating—especially if you're looking at a career change. In today's episode, Heath is interviewing Lezlie Garr or "Resume Lezlie" on finding remote work. This is something we haven't covered much on the podcast—because never in my seven years of being an entrepreneur has someone asked for my resume—but with so many people wanting to find remote work on the road, we wanted to bring Lezlie on to share some tips. You'll hear Heath & Lezlie discuss the process she walks clients through when they want to switch careers and find remote work, how to stand out as an applicant, and where to focus your attention during the job search. Plus Heath shares how many replies he got to his last job posting when Campground Booking was hiring. (Spoiler: it was a LOT.) ---- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. ---- Heath & Lezlie also cover: The process for figuring out how to seek a new career Standing out as a job applicant Where to focus your attention during the job search The importance and value of networking The "no-ask" way to make connections in your industry What makes a career meaningful Plus resume tips like how to choose keywords to include in your resume, why you should be specific in what you want, and how an ATS will filter your resume. For more resources from Lezlie, you can visit her website resumelezlie.com/rve where she shares some free downloads and articles for you guys.
April 20, 2021
RVE 224: Creating a Content Marketing Plan for Your Business with Liz Smith
How do you get the word out about your business? Ads? Social media? Blogs? Youtube? SEO? The heart of today's episode is all about content marketing for your business. Heath is chatting with Liz of Pop Digital Media. Liz runs her digital marketing company with her husband Josh with a focus on content marketing, or as we like to call it, playing the long game. This isn't about getting a customer right now, it's about getting a flow of customers for the next few years. In today's episode, Liz shares a lot of helpful tips and processes for developing a content marketing plan from scratch so if you aren't doing content marketing for your business, this is a great interview to help you get started. Heath and Liz also cover: The almost unbelievable story of landing her first client The process before creating a content marketing plan The biggest mistake people make when developing their marketing plan How to create a customer profile or avatar Liz also has some free resources to help you get started developing your business plan, identifying your ideal customer, and auditing your business which you can download for free on her website here. ---- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. ---- Links Mentioned: Pop Digital Media Peanuts or Pretzels Google Adwords Planner
April 13, 2021
RVE 223: Kara & Nate: A Case Study on Finding Success on Youtube
In 2016, Kara and Nate set off for a year around the world, planning to vlog their adventures. They didn't expect that four years later, they would have over a million subscribers, visit 100 countries, and have one of the most popular travel vlogs on all of Youtube. This episode is pulled from our 2020 RV Entrepreneur Summit, just days after international travel began to close, so it's recorded from a hotel room in Singapore. The RV Entrepreneur Summit is our annual conference for full-time travelers on how to build a business on the road and in their mainstage presentation, Kara and Nate break down how they turned making travel videos into their dream business. In their talk, they share: How travel hacking got them starting traveling for cheap Year by year how much money they made on Youtube The struggles and wins of growing their Youtube channel Getting free experiences (and if they were worth it) How they diversified their business Their secret recipe for how to record videos now AND how they ended up totaling 7 Vespas when they tried to run group tours in Italy. One thing that I loved and I think you'll appreciate is their transparency. They've always been very open and genuine on their Youtube videos, but in this episode, they really pull back the curtain and share how they went from vlogging full-time and losing money to making over $50,000/month with a million subscribers. They do in their presentation refer to photos or screenshots a few times. If you want to see what they are talking about, you can watch the video of this presentation online here. Before we dive into the world of travel vlogging, Thanks to ID Plans for sponsoring this episode! ---- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. ---- Links mentioned in this episode: Kara & Nate's Youtube Channel How to Become a Travel Hacker Course Top Travel Credit Cards How to Edit a Vlog with Kara Course Faredrop
April 06, 2021
RVE 222: Dave & Matt Build, Rent, and Sell Custom Vans
Working in finance in New York City, Dave started dreaming about living in a van and taking his hedge fund on the road. But he couldn't hit the road immediately, so he rented his van out on Outdoorsy to offset his van costs while he wasn't traveling. To his surprise, his van booked out for four months! So he got another and soon had 6 vans being rented out. Meanwhile in Colorado, Dave's college buddy Matt was renovating and building out a van of his own. When Matt shared how much it cost him to buy and build out the van and that he sold it for a profit after taking it cross country, the friends had an idea: Let's build out custom vans and rent and sell them. In this episode, they share their story of getting started. Plus: How to approach renting your RV online Using the real estate model to analyze the RV rental market Deciding on the basic, customizable van layout Costs and time to build out and ship vans Why the van lifestyle allows you take more risk in business ---- Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. ---- Links mentioned in this show: Outdoorsy RV Share Follow Dave and Matt online at: Dave & Matt's Vans Website @daveandmattsvans Youtube
March 31, 2021
RVE 221: How This Blogger Makes A Full-time Living on Instagram
Kay has been traveling internationally with her family and son for years and made the jump into full-time RV travel. Her travel blog was making money, but not nearly enough to support her family full-time. The RV was her chance to go all-in. In this episode, Heath and Kay talk about where Kay has found success monetizing her blog, how to connect with brands, and what makes you stand out on Instagram. One of the things I loved about this episode is when Kay explains how to find success on Instagram because the answer isn't "have the most followers" or "take the best photos." She'll share more about halfway through the episode. But the Mom Trotter blog isn't Kay's only business she runs on the road. She also runs Black Kids Do Travel, which offers community and resources to families of color who want to travel more. What else Heath & Kay cover in this episode: The primary ways Kay monetizes her blog & social channels Finding success on Instagram How to collaborate with brands Setting your rate to work with brands Why RVing is the BEST decision Kay's family has ever made Is there a "best age" for traveling with kids? And then Heath and Kay will give you all the feels talking about how much more meaningful travel is with kids. 👨👩👦 👨👩👧 Links from this episode: Follow Kay @themomtrotter on Instagram or Youtube Black Kids Do Travel Website Black Kids Do Travel Facebook Black Kids Do Travel Instagram This week's unofficial sponsor: Camp Carpe Diem
March 30, 2021
RVE 220: CPA Advice to 3 Common RV Tax Questions
This week on the show, Heath is interviewing Tim Ewing. After years in the C-suite, Tim decided to leave behind his steady paycheck and travel with his family. But he couldn't retire at 51. So he started Quest CPA and a consulting business on the road. There are a few things I really loved listening to Heath and Tim. One, they both share the stories of their first business failures and the lessons they learned which are a must hear for any entrepreneur. Two, Tim is really open and honest about what his expectations were and how he's adapted in the past 7 years of traveling to focus on the right things—like working with his family, a lifelong dream, and how he's made that a reality. Plus at around 23 minutes, Heath asked Tim to share his tax expertise and answer three incredibly common RV tax questions: Can I write off my RV mileage? If I domicile in a tax-free state, do I need to pay taxes in other states? And how should I file my business? So if this tax season you're wondering about any of those things, Tim has the answers for you. ____ Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years, ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your motorized RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. ____ A few handy links for this episode: Escapees Mail Service Quest-CPA.com Contact Tim at email@example.com
March 17, 2021
RVE 219: How to Find New Clients Using Linkedin (with Candyce Edelen)
How do you get new clients for your business? This is one of the biggest hurdles to starting and growing a new business. Even people who have been in business for years struggle with finding new clients sometimes! In today's episode, Candyce Edelen is sharing how she uses Linkedin to source business leads. As an entrepreneur, I'd kind of written off LinkedIn as being a place where people look for a new job. But Candyce explains how it can be the #1 tool to keep your business actively growing and find new clients, plus step-by-step how you can use the platform to find new clients. Today’s episode is sponsored by ID Plans (and it’s actually less of a sponsorship than it is an opportunity). ID Plans is a software and service company based in Tampa Florida that provides solutions for property managers. Over the past 20 years, ID Plans has been able to hire a number of full-time RVers who help survey commercial properties and they are currently looking to hire 3-5 more additional RV teams. I’ve seen a lot of companies who hire RVers, and this is one that you can make a near full-time income almost immediately. You’ll receive training for the software, be able to park your RV right on the job sites, and run the whole business from your RV. One requirement is that you do have a motorized RV. You can request more information at RVJobs@idplans.com. Links mentioned in this episode: LinkedIn Sales Navigator Candyce's free webinar Connect with Candyce on LinkedIn
March 09, 2021
RVE 218: Where Should We Camp Next?
On today's podcast episode, we are tackling one of the BEST problems RVers face on the road: where should we camp next? In their latest book, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi share the best campgrounds, glampgrounds, and destinations to add to your travel plans. We got an advance copy of the book and I've already taken pictures of different chapters and sent it to my traveling friends saying you should stay here. In today's episode, Heath, Jeremy, and Stephanie talk about how the camping industry has changed, how they've planned roadtrips, and what makes campgrounds awesome. If you want suggestions on where to camp next, you can pick up their new book anywhere books are sold.
March 05, 2021
RVE 217: RVing to Craft Shows Selling Homemade Dips
We often see questions in our Facebook group on how to RV to craft shows. What do you sell? How do you find shows? Are shows even happening right now? Shanna Wyatt of Chadwicks Naturals answers all these questions and more as she shares how she built a homemade dip business that supports her family. In this episode, Shanna shares: What happens if she runs out of dips on the road Her average costs and earnings How she chooses which festivals and shows to attend (and it's WAY more complicated than you'd think!) How to stand out with customers What Shanna says to every customer who approaches her booth Why you can still kill it at small shows How Shanna and craft shows have adapted to COVID rules Other food-related products you can sell at craft shows The BIGGEST mistake you can make at a craft show One resource you'll want to check out if you're looking to dip into the craft circuit (sorry, had to) is Festivalnet. This is paid service (but only $50 a year) for finding festivals. You can also check out Shanna's Facebook group, Crafter Talk. Thanks to this week's unofficial sponsor: Personal Euphoria.
February 16, 2021
RVE 216: Renovating and Renting Airstreams as Glamping Destinations
The Dream: A Hospitality Business on Wheels Back when they first wanted to start RVing, Josh and Brittain bought and renovated an 88 Airstream. Then they picked up a rare '87 Airstream motorhome to renovate and rent on Airbnb. They dreamed of creating awesome unique glamping experiences for people who want to enjoy the outdoors. "We had the vintage camper, but we didn't have the land," explained Brittain. That's when they connected with a vintage campground in Tuscon to park one of their Airstreams on site. They worked out a 50/50 revenue split and all the fine details and continued traveling in the RV, making their Airstream rental almost completely passive income. Josh and Brittain are very open about numbers, so they share a ton of insights behind how much they paid, earned, and profited as they've built this business. I highly recommend listening to the episode to year all the nitty-gritty details on finances. Now they have four vintage trailers and recently found a new home for their rental business in Montana. What we cover in this episode: The average cost to buy and renovate an Airstream (all-in!) Why Josh and Brittain won't ever renovate another motorhome The ideal rate of return (and how much each rental makes a year) How they found a home for their RV rentals Setting up revenue sharing + covering expenses How responsibilities were divided between Brittain and the host Growing their business debt-free
February 09, 2021
RVE 215: Hitch Hotel is Disrupting the RV Industry with This Tiny Trailer
Would you live in a 39-inch trailer? Check out photos and video of the trailer at heathandalyssa.com/hitch-hotel In March of 2014 while driving down the road, Geoff had an idea and immediately called his friend Gil. How could they build a collapsible (but stable), a lightweight (but sturdy) trailer for camping and mountain biking? But bringing a dream this big (or this little, really) to reality would take time. They had four things they need to do to get the first Hitch Hotel created: Develop prototypes Establish funding Patent their invention Find a manufacturer This process has taken seven years, but the amount of time and capital it's taken hasn't slowed Gil and Geoff down. Like everyone, they have bad days, but every morning they wake up excited to finally bring this product to market. What Heath and the guys cover in this episode: How Gil analyzed the opportunity in the 60-billion-dollar camping industry How Geoff built the first prototype on his own (and fixed it when he learned that he did it wrong) When they finally could introduce the product to consumers Funding their development on Kickstarter How many years it took to find a manufacturer When you can expect to see a Hitch Hotel on the road
February 02, 2021
RVE 214: Making Passive Income Through Real Estate Investments
When we ask people how they want to make money while traveling, one idea always comes up: making passive income through real estate investments. IT'S THE DREAM. You only work a few hours, you have a property to come back to when you're done traveling, and real estate is a great way to diversify your portfolio. It's a no brainer. But it's also a completely daunting and intimidating prospect. You have to buy a house. Get it ready for tenants. And then let strangers live in it. Heath and I have wanted to get into real estate investing for years, but the magnitude and upfront costs always scared us off. So today we're interviewing realtor Jordan Knoll on her experience renting and managing seven rental properties (while she was RVing in Mexico, no less!).
January 26, 2021
RVE 213: How to Get Internet for RVers (2021 Guide)
If you want to work on the road, you need RV internet. Today we are bringing back experts Chris and Cherie of RV Mobile Internet to share the best options and updates on internet for RVers in 2021. Chris and Cherie are OG full-time digital nomads and have been traveling for nearly 15 years! They both work on the road and knew that this lifestyle couldn't work long-term without solid internet. After years of testing and experience, they've become the gold standard for understanding and finding gear for internet for RVers. In this episode, Chris and Cherie dive into the major changes internet for RVers has faced in the past few years and how to get internet on the road this year. They cover: How to stay connected for working remotely Creating redundancies so you always(ish) have internet How unlimited data options have changed Who the top 2 carriers are for data (and it's not who we thought!) How throttling works What 5G even is How close Starlink is to nationwide internet access To see the gear Chris and Cherie mention in this episode, check out our episode shownotes at heathandalyssa.com/internet.
January 20, 2021
RVE 212: How to find balance between work you love and work that pays ($$$)
At the beginning of the year, we got a voicemail from a listener asking for advice. How do you balance between doing the work you love and the work that pays? In this short episode, Heath & Alyssa share their very different answers to this question. Before we get into the podcast, I want to share some of the links and resources we mention since they are BIGGIES: Anchor - where to leave us a voicemail for future episodes Create an Etsy Printable Course - digital products are an amazing passive income source and Etsy is a huge marketplace! Get 25% off the course with the code RVE How to Self Publish Your First Book on Amazon - our complete course on how to self-publish with Amazon KDP
January 13, 2021
RVE 211: How to be flexible, outsource, and find freedom as an entrepreneur
Paige loves the law. She's been working in the industry for over 20 years, but once she made it to the top—general counsel—she suddenly realized that she made it to where she wanted to be. And now she was free to pursue something else. She didn't hate her job, she just wanted something a little less conventional. Sitting in Italy eating cannoli and sipping a cappuccino, she had an idea...sounds like the perfect way to think up your new business idea, doesn't it? Wanting to find a way to spend more time in Italy, Paige came up with an idea: start a lawyer translation business. It's something I've never thought of before, but there's a need in the industry for reliable translations of legal documents. What if I decide to buy a campground in Iceland and need the contract translated to Icelandic? Paige at Online Legal Translations can handle it (from her van or from her home in Italy). But she didn't just jump into business on her own. She wisely started as a side hustle, finding other translation agencies and offering to do translations to Spanish and Italian. Then she started reaching out to her network and freelancing on her own. And then she had too much work and not enough time to explore (the RV entrepreneur's dilemma!). So she got advice from colleagues who encouraged her to start her own agency. So Online Legal Translations was born with its own unique selling point—all of her translators are lawyers. Now she could go beyond just Spanish and Italian to dozens of languages. Even Serbian. Albanian. Indonesian. Norwegian. In this episode, Paige shares her journey starting and growing her legal translation business over the past four years. Heath & Paige talk about: Why it's important that all Paige's contractors are attorneys What projects Paige loves to work on and what projects she has to turn away The one tool Paige needs to work from anywhere How to be a minimalist with your work How Paige has learned how to be flexible, outsource, and find freedom as an entrepreneur Being a lawyer is one of those jobs that I didn't think traveled well, especially when you need specific certifications and licenses for different states or countries. But Paige found a way to still do what she loves and travel the world. I love her business because it shows that with a little creativity, any business can be a work-from-anywhere business.
January 01, 2021
RVE 210: Reet from TripOutside on Building a Marketplace
Sometimes you come up with a great business idea. It's something you know you would use. And when you get someone else to test it, you realize that it doesn't solve the right problem. This is what Reet faced when he launched Trip Outside, a platform to find and book outdoor adventures online. After a quick pivot, the marketplace serves outdoor outfitters by helping them rent and sell gear and acts as a one-stop-shop for adventurers looking to book rentals and experiences for their next vacation. But Trip Outside isn't the only company Reet runs with his wife, Julie. They also run Seva Stray, an e-commerce company with a big vision. After visiting India and volunteering and even adopting stray dogs, Reet & Julie decided to combine their love of dogs and their business knowledge. With Seva Stray, they sell beautiful, unique, ethically sourced, vegan products, and 20% of all sales go toward organizations in India that take care of stray dogs. These donations go toward vaccinations, spaying and neutering programs, and medical care. In this episode, Heath & Reet dive into: Bootstrapping versus raising capital (and the problems that come along with both) Prioritizing what to focus on as you scale a business Hiring and communicating with employees from abroad How to hire new employees (that will stick around) What metrics are worth tracking
December 31, 2020
RVE 209: 2020 Year in Review: The Good, the Bad, and Lessons Learned
Our annual year in review episode! These are some of our favorite podcasts to record. Alyssa joins me today to reflect on our past year. In this 30-minute episode, we talk about the best parts of 2020 (because there really were some good things that happened), all of the hard moments, and some of the biggest life lessons we took away from 2020.
December 30, 2020
RVE 208: How Krista Knits Clothes for Hollywood from her RV
How do you get Mindy Kaling to wear a sweater you knit in your RV? Krista has been knitting for years. After graduating college, she started teaching knitting classes at yarn shops. One day as she was working from home, knitting while watching TV shows about travel, she realized she could knit from anywhere. So she convinced her husband to retire early and travel the country with her. Most knitters go for a platform like Etsy when they want to start their own business. But everything on Etsy is so underpriced, Krista says. "I see a scarf that I know the yarn cost $7 and they are selling it for $8." Plus you need to carry tons of inventory to ship. She knew there was no way that could support life in the RV. She also made custom things for people who came into the yarn shops where she worked. But with the hours it took to make each piece, she still wasn't making much profit from each piece. Then a friend saw a posting on Craigslist for a knitter and shared it with Krista. She reached out and connected with a costume designer looking for a handknit piece for a little movie called the Hunger Games. This opened her eyes to a need in Hollywood for quality hand-knit costumes. Soon after, Krista saw an email for a conference for stylists. She had no interest in styling but knew that if she paid $350 to attend the event, she could get her card into the hands of costume designers. In this episode, we dive into how Krista has started making custom knit costumes for major TV shows and movies in Hollywood. Krista shares: How to follow up with potential clients How custom costuming works Why knitting can be high stress How she communicates updates with costume designers to get swatches and feedback on pieces How she quotes prices for pieces (and deals with new customers who don't want to pay her rate!) The crazy range of prices Krista has been paid for a single sweater
December 30, 2020
RVE 207: How to Find a Remote Job (in 90 days or less)
Back in the corporate world, Camille thrived in HR. She focused on job placement, helping people get off welfare and into the workforce, and course creation for corporate training. So it makes complete sense that now she runs an online business focused on helping RVers find remote jobs. But it wasn't so easy for Camille to go from full-time career to starting her own business. But before we get into the episode, I want to share Camille's free masterclass on finding remote work. This free masterclass is designed to work you through the framework to start searching for the right remote job for you. Sign up to attend the free How To Find Remote Work in 90 Days or Less and you'll get a discount code for Camille's Remote Work 101 program too. The 101 program will guide you through making a plan, refreshing your resume, finding job opportunities, and even interviewing for your remote job. You can get the course for 50% off when you attend the free How To Find Remote Work in 90 Days or Less masterclass :)
December 01, 2020
RVE 206: How to Remotely Manage Multiple Vacation Rentals
After emigrating with his family from Israel, Erez was disenchanted with living in suburbia. One winter he and some friends all went to Destin for a vacation where the home rental owner shared how easy it was to make money renting on the Florida coast. Erez was intrigued. So he bought a house. And then another a year later. And then another. And now he and his wife actively manage four vacation rentals in Destin while they RV full-time. He even gets photos of his properties texted to him by his cleaners so he can manage landscaping and home details from a thousand miles away. In this episode, Erez shares some major insights into managing an Airbnb remotely. Like How one house can bring in $100,000/year How to calculate what you charge nightly + for cleaning fees What yield management is and how it affects bookings Why Erez doesn’t use management companies or channel managers to run his home rentals remotely Why being a good communicator trumps being skilled when it comes to hiring Plus he shares all the tools he uses to manage his property his answer to the question: how often do things get broken?
November 24, 2020
RVE 205: How to Start a Campground (with Eric & Jay's RV Resort)
Five years ago, oil was booming in Texas. And with the boom came oil workers and their RVs. Sites in the area without full hookups were going for $450/month and Eric instantly saw the business potential. Eric owns a mortgage company in Houston and once he enough money in the bank, he found partners to invest in a new RV resort. One that has been forwarded to us by everyone we know after it was featured in Business Insider (because it's modern and gorgeous in a way that you NEVER see at RV parks). In this episode, Heath interviews Eric from Eric & Jay's RV Resort on how they built and started a luxury RV park in Houston, Texas.
November 24, 2020
RVE 204: Why offering the lowest price is a losing battle
It's a few days after Halloween and today's episode is all about death. Well, how two entrepreneurs market the death care industry from their RV. We dive into what digital marketing really is, how to sell your service to customers, and how to successful price your business. I bet you're dying to listen to this episode (okay I'm sorry, I had to)
November 03, 2020
RVE 203: Building a Profitable Graphic Design Side Hustle
Brandon, his wife, and his two kids were house shopping when they took an unexpected hard pivot. Now they've been RVing full-time since 2015 and even added a third kid to the mix! It all started when Brandon was working full-time and building up freelance work as a graphic designer. He noticed people being let go and started working more and more hours on the side so that when he was eventually let go from his job, he could seamlessly transition to client work. How do you manage a full-time job and a side hustle and two kids at home? "It just came down to less sleep," say Brandon. (And every other parent ever.) In this podcast episode, Heath and Brandon talk about a lot of the changes that come with taking your family on the road and having a baby on the road. Things like: Why RVing has helped Brandon's daughter come out of her shell How much easier it is to make friends as travelers than in "normal life" Fulltime Families and how it's a must for any RVing family As well as diving into the business stuff like: Using the retainer model for clients and how it improved the work Brandon could produce How keeping clients on retainer means never taking a week off How Brandon determined his pricing model Figuring out how many clients he could manage at one time One of the struggles of growing this style of business After years of client-based work, Brandon opened an Amazon store with print-on-demand products to supplement his client work. AKA he found a way to take his graphic design skills and earn passive income on one of the world's biggest e-commerce sites. Be sure to listen to the end of this episode for Brandon's three tips on how to be successful on Amazon.
October 27, 2020
RVE 202: How to move forward with business (and life) during uncertain times
This is uncertain times. It's a cliche to even mention that. In this talk from our RVE Summit, Kathy Holcombe shares her lessons from building a thriving photography business during the Great Recession and how we can push forward with business (and life) amidst uncertainty. Follow Kathy and Famagogo on Instagram here: @roadtriptough
October 21, 2020
RVE 201: How to plan a (virtual) conference in 4 days
Earlier this spring Alyssa and I had to cancel our in person conference and replan the entire event in 4 days. A week later, we sat down at a campground in Alabama and decompressed from the craziness of having to navigate the whole experience. In this episode I share: How to communicate during a crisis moment (whether you’re talking to customers or attendees at a conference) Parkinson’s law and how our work tends to expand to fill the amount of time available for it Why hosting a virtual event was anticlimactic (for us) And some of the specifics of the tools we ended up using to host our virtual event (if you plan on hosting a conference) To leave a voicemail for the podcast, you can do so here. It's fun hearing from you through audio!
October 14, 2020
RVE 200: Start small, start now (with founders of TheDyrt)
As entrepreneurs sometimes we feel like we have to wait until everything is perfect to ship our product. No matter how many times we hear that "you should be embarrassed of your first prototype", we still push back bringing our idea into the market. In this episode I chat with Sarah and Kevin (co-founders of TheDyrt) about how they took the most simple version of their idea and brought it to market. They didn't procrastinate or over analyze, they just went with version 1.0 and got started. My hope for this episode is that it can be a kickstart for whatever idea you're pushing off into the future. About TheDyrt: The Dyrt has one of the largest and most reviewed campground databases, with over 40,000 campgrounds and 1m reviews. It is the #1 grossing travel app in the IOS store with a new user joining every 26 seconds and over 1.5m people who visit The Dyrt every month.
October 06, 2020
RVE 199: The podcast is back (and I missed you)
I meant to take a week off of recording the podcast in March, but it somehow turned into six months. I've been incredibly grateful for all of you who have reached out this year and asked when/if the show was coming back. Tbh, I wasn't sure if it was. However, I missed you and making these episodes. I'm so excited to be back to recording RV Entrepreneur.
October 06, 2020
RVE 198: How to Make $5,500 in a Week Flipping RVs
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.
March 05, 2020
RVE 197: How to Stand Out from the Noise & Attract Brand Partnerships as a Content Creator
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. :)
February 13, 2020
RVE 196: Making money as nomadic healthcare professionals
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: Website Podcast Facebook group
February 12, 2020
RVE 195: Would you quit if you lost your entire initial investment?
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 Jessekstrom.com 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. :)
February 04, 2020
RVE 194: Don't Ditch the 9-5 to Work a 9-9
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.
January 28, 2020
RVE 193: Bootstrapping Your Way to Success
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.
January 14, 2020
RVE 192: Turning Users into Fans through Awesome Customer Support
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.
January 07, 2020
RVE 191: What channels can drive the most revenue for your business?
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.
December 31, 2019
RVE 190: How to sell an idea before your product is ready (and then keep on selling when it is)
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.
December 10, 2019
RVE 189: How We More than Quadrupled Our Revenue by Changing Our Pricing Model (Startup Series 3/3)
"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.
December 03, 2019
RVE 188: What You Should Know Before Starting a Business with Partners (Startup Series 2/3)
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.
December 03, 2019
RVE 187: Why You Should Focus on the Problem When Building Your Product (Startup Series 1/3)
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.
December 03, 2019
RVE 186: A Strategy for Generating Location Independent Business Ideas
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.
November 27, 2019
RVE 185: From Renovation Disaster to Profitable Airbnb Host
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.
November 19, 2019
RVE 184: Why Nick & Hanna Opted Out of their Jobs to Start a...Finance Blog?
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.
November 05, 2019
RVE 183: The Power of Keeping Your Business Small
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.
October 29, 2019
RVE 182: The Power of Finding Great Mentors in Your Business
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. Nothing. In this episode, we dive into how Josiah ended up building Investor Deal Room, a software solution for real estate investment deals.
October 22, 2019
RVE 181: Going from Freelancer to Agency with Amber from Road Warrior Creative
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.
October 15, 2019
RVE 180: Taking a Business from Idea to Execution with the Founder of RV Loft
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.
October 08, 2019
RVE 179: RVE 179: From Wedding Photography Burnout to Professional Photo Editor for Hire
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.
October 01, 2019
RVE 178: The Five Stages of Hiring with Chad Davis
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. 1. Value 2. Hiring 3. Onboarding 4. Support 5. Offboarding
September 24, 2019
RVE 177: Have You Ever Done an Audit of Your Life?
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.
September 17, 2019
RVE 176: Nerding Out Over RV Buyer Data with RVTrader
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.
September 10, 2019
RVE 175: What It's Like Full-Time RVing as a 15-Year-Old World-Class Kayaker
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.
September 03, 2019
RVE 174: DIY Music Tour: How Ken & Ellisa Played Over 160 Shows in a Year
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!
August 29, 2019
RVE 173: How Eric & Tami Bought a Business and Grew It 16X While Traveling Full-Time
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
August 20, 2019
RVE 172: How Joe Turned Youtube from a Hobby into a Profitable Business
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.
August 17, 2019
The future of this podcast, our business and what's next for us
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!
August 17, 2019
RVE 171: Building a Brand That Can Outlast Amazon Competition
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.
June 04, 2019
RVE 170: Live from RVE Summit: Electric and Accessibility Enhanced RVs
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.
May 28, 2019
RVE 169: How to Become a Top 1% Seller on Etsy
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.
May 21, 2019
RVE 168: The Best Way to Generate Useful Content for Any Blog
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.
March 12, 2019
RVE 167: Overcoming Overwhelm with Dr. Samantha
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.
February 26, 2019
RVE 166: How to Make Money as A Musician on the Road with the Status Crowes
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.
February 20, 2019
RVE 165: Our Different Approach to Goal Setting in 2019
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.
February 06, 2019
RVE 164: How to Stand Out and Get Noticed with Ed and Liz Wilcox
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
January 22, 2019
RVE 163: Chad Davis on Scaling a 100% Remote Accounting Firm
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.
January 15, 2019
RVE 162: Married to Business - Winning Strategies for Couples Working and Living Together
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.
January 08, 2019
RVE 161: Starting and Scaling a Business from a Young Age
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.
January 05, 2019
RVE 160: What It's Like Being a Medical Professional and Full-Time RVing
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).
December 18, 2018
RVE 159: Reflecting on 2018: What Went Well and What Didn’t Go Well
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
December 12, 2018
RVE 158: Overcoming Mental Barriers with Christina Gambino of American Ninja Warrior
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.
December 04, 2018
RVE 157: Fighting Against Burnout as an Entrepreneur
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.
November 28, 2018
RVE 156: How to Stand Out Against the Competition (and avoid toxic customers)
hey guys! 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.
November 08, 2018
RVE 155: The Success and Struggles of Working for Yourself
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.
October 09, 2018
RVE 154: Building the Largest Road Tripping Site for Your Pet
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.
September 26, 2018
RVE 153: Finding Freelance Writing Gigs from the Road
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.
September 17, 2018
RVE 152: Starting an Amazon FBA Business from Scratch with Tim and Fin
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!
September 04, 2018
RVE 151: Giving Yourself Permission to Chase Curiosities with Adam Nubern
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.
September 04, 2018
RVE 150: Creating a Recession-Proof Business with Leisure Travel Vans
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.
August 28, 2018
RVE 149: How to Build a Brand That Serves Your Life and Business
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.
August 21, 2018
RVE 148: Talking Shop with Ane of Probably a Good Dog
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).
August 08, 2018
RVE 147: 5 Strategies for Launching Your Book
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!
July 31, 2018
RVE 146: Funding the Life You Want with Techno RV
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.
July 27, 2018
RVE 145: 5 Writing Tips to Finish Your First Book
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.
July 16, 2018
RVE 144: The Power of Asking for Things Outside of Your Comfort Zone & Learning New Skills with Michela
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
July 13, 2018
RVE 143: Four Ways to Reach More People on Amazon
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.
June 29, 2018
RVE 142: How to Tell an Authentic Story Through Video
One of my favorite talks from our 2018 RV Entrepreneur Summit was from Nathan and Marissa of Less Junk, More Journey.
June 22, 2018
RVE 141: How to Validate Your Book Idea
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
June 10, 2018
RVE 140: The Power of Focus & Going "All-In" on Your Business
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
June 10, 2018
RVE 139: How Alyssa Sold 8k Copies from Publishing Her First Book
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
June 02, 2018
RVE 138: How Eric and Tina Make a Living Playing Disc Golf
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.
May 23, 2018
RVE 137: How to Start a Photography Business for Less than $3k
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.
May 17, 2018
RVE 136: How Kara and Nate Became the Top Travel Vlog on Youtube
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.
May 10, 2018
RVE 135: The Importance of Asking Great Questions
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.
May 02, 2018
RVE 134: How to Save Money on Longterm Travel (and Still Have Awesome Experiences)
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.
April 27, 2018
RVE 133: How to Attract and Contact Brands You Want to Work With
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.
April 26, 2018
RVE 132: An Interview with Stories from the Road Podcast
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.
April 25, 2018
RVE 131: How to Land Your First 100 Customers
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.
April 18, 2018
RVE 130: Q&A About Campervanning in New Zealand
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.
April 15, 2018
RVE 129: RV Life VS Van Life
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.
April 09, 2018
RVE 128: Designing Your Life & Business with Mountain Modern Life
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.
April 03, 2018
RVE 127: How to Get Your First 10,000 Email Subscribers
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.
April 02, 2018
RVE 126: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Niche
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
March 27, 2018
RVE 125: How to Plan and Host Your First Conference
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
March 23, 2018
RVE 124: What We Wish Someone Had Told Us About Blogging Before We Started
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.
March 21, 2018
RVE 123: The Hard Part of Getting Your First Customer
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.
March 15, 2018
RVE 122: How to Make $5k/Month on AirBNB
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.
March 13, 2018
RVE 121: Cybersecurity - How to Protect Your Identity and Business on the Road
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.
February 15, 2018
RVE 120: How Andy Built & Monetized the Largest Online RV Community
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.
February 06, 2018
RVE 119: How to Validate Your Idea and Find Your Product Market Fit
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.
February 02, 2018
RVE 118: How to Build a Bridge Business: Going from Services to Products
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.
January 28, 2018
RVE 117: How Podcasting Changed My Life and 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.
January 24, 2018
RVE 116: Our Goals for 2018 (And Why We Take Goal Setting So Seriously)
In this episode, we want to share some of our big goals for 2018, how we plan to achieve them, and why we take goal setting so seriously.
January 10, 2018
RVE 115: How to Set Up Your Business and Handle Taxes as an RV Entrepreneur
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
January 03, 2018
RVE 114: Why You Should Start A Blog (Even When There Are a Billion Others Who Are “Better”)
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.
December 29, 2017
RVE 113: The Best Way to Build Relationships Online (and In-Person)
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.
December 26, 2017
RVE 112: Reflecting on What Went Well (and What Didn’t) in 2017
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.
December 22, 2017
RVE 111: Why Risk it All to Go Travel Full-Time in a Van?
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.
December 19, 2017
RVE 110: How the Stromads Built a Business Around Racing Remote Control Cars
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.
December 12, 2017
RVE 109: Learning How to Make $5k/Month in Blog Revenue
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.
December 10, 2017
RVE 108: Why It’s Lame to Start A Business You’re Not Passionate About
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
December 06, 2017
RVE 107: How We Grew Our Website Referrals from Pinterest 14x in 3 Months
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.
December 02, 2017
RVE 106: Why Andy from Bus Life NZ Traded Money for Time
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.
November 29, 2017
RVE 105: How To Retire Early with Think Save Retire
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.
November 21, 2017
RVE 104: Technomadia on Boat Life, Mobile Internet, and Escaping Hurricanes
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.
November 14, 2017
RVE 103: How to Keep Your Daydream with Marc and Tricia
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.
November 07, 2017
RVE 102: Bootstrapping a Software Start Up to $10 Million
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.
November 05, 2017
RVE 101: What It’s Like RVing Through Europe
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.
October 31, 2017
RVE 100: How to Launch Your First eBook (Plus, A New Series!)
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.
October 27, 2017
RVE 99: Turning a Vintage Camper Hobby into a Full-Time Business
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.
October 24, 2017
RVE 98: How to Turn Pain Points into Opportunities
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.
October 21, 2017
RVE 97: How to Multiply Yourself and Get More Done
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.
October 17, 2017
RVE 96: Go Find Your Niche (Easier Said Than Done)
On today's test drive, I talk about why finding your niche and narrowing your audience will actually help you grow your business and reach more people.
October 13, 2017
RVE 95: How to Make Your First $20k Using Upwork
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.
October 10, 2017
RVE 94: Why You Should Work for Free (Sometimes)
On today’s test drive, I talk about three times that I’ve given away my services for free and how those experiences changed my life.
October 09, 2017
RVE 93: How We Paid Off $25K in Debt While Traveling Full-Time
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.
October 04, 2017
RVE 92: Why You Should Focus on Pitching Product Benefits VS Features
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.
September 27, 2017
RVE 91: Behind the Scenes of our Product Launch at Winnebago
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.
September 21, 2017
RVE 90: Should You Launch a Podcast? Probably Not, But Maybe
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.
September 17, 2017
RVE 89: How 11 RV Entrepreneurs Define Success
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.
September 12, 2017
RVE 88: How Alex Converted an Old School Bus and Financed Her Solo Year of Travel
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.
September 05, 2017
RVE 87: Test Drive - How to Launch an Online Course
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.
September 01, 2017
RVE 86: How to Earn a Living as a Voiceover Actress
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".
August 29, 2017
RVE 85: Three Books That Have Changed My Life
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.
August 27, 2017
RVE 84: Pushing Your Comfort Zone To Live A Crazy Family Adventure
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.
August 16, 2017
RVE 83: Growing Client Work on the Road
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.
August 11, 2017
RVE 82: Healthcare for RV Entrepreneurs is the Worst
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.
August 08, 2017
RVE 81: Scaling a Remote Team with David Blackmon
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.
August 05, 2017
RVE 80: Story Behind Hourly America: How We Got Sponsored to Travel to all 50 States
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.
August 04, 2017
RVE 79: Funding a Nomad Lifestyle Through Hand Engraving
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).
July 25, 2017
RVE 78: RVE Podcast Takeover with Alyssa Padgett
Alyssa takes over the podcast! Our podcast editor, Kelsey, interviews me about business, current projects, and the full-time RV life - Is it really all s'mores and campfires?
July 18, 2017
RVE 77: How Much is Your Time Worth?
Do you know the value of your time? Charles Gupton of The Creator’s Journey interviews me about determining your value through differentiation, outsourcing, and automation.
July 11, 2017
RVE 76: The Art of Financial Runway
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.
July 09, 2017
RVE 75: Freedom on the Road: The More You Have, The More You Want
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.
July 04, 2017
RVE 74: Why Blogging is a Terrible 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.
June 30, 2017
RVE 73: How to Know if Your Business Idea is Any Good
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.
June 27, 2017
RVE 72: Should You Pay Off Debt Before You Start Traveling?
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.
June 20, 2017
RVE 71: Don't Wait to Live Your Life
A brief episode where I talk about all the fears I had before we started traveling the country in an RV and living on the road.
June 17, 2017
RVE 70: Inn Town Campground And the Power of Story Telling for Your Business
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).
June 13, 2017
RVE 69: What We'd Do Differently from Our First 6 Months of RVing
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.
June 10, 2017
RVE 68: Building an Email List While Traveling: How to Get Your First 1k Subscribers
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.
June 06, 2017
RVE 67: Is It Possible to Launch a Start Up While RVing?
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.
June 02, 2017
RVE 66: Networking on the Road, Triathlons, and Nomadic Newlyweds
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.
May 30, 2017
RVE 65: The Quickest Way to Monetize a Travel Blog
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.
May 26, 2017
RVE 64: How to Find Companies Who Will Pay You to Travel
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.
May 23, 2017
RVE 63: 21 Questions Everyone Asks us About Living in an RV
In this episode I talk about the most common questions people ask us about living in an RV.
May 19, 2017
RVE 062: Road Life Fitness and How Not to be a Lazy Bum While Traveling
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.
May 16, 2017
RVE 0061: What Happens When We Quit RVing?
In this short episode I talk about what happens the day we decide to quit this whole RV life. What happens to all the work we’ve put into this community, our blog, and everything else?
May 12, 2017
RVE 60: From Idea to Revenue with Harvest Hosts
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Kim Greene from Harvest Hosts, a collection of farms and wineries across the country that allow you to come and stay overnight for free.
May 09, 2017
RVE 0059: How to Negotiate Lower (or Free) Camping Fees
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.
May 05, 2017
RVE 0058: How to Start and Monetize a YouTube Channel from Scratch
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.
May 02, 2017
RVE 0057: Being a Creative on The Road: Motivation, Selling Photos, and Not Giving Up
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.
April 26, 2017
RVE 0056: The Greetings Tour: Meet the Couple Who is Painting Across America
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.
April 18, 2017
RVE 0055: Redefining Rules for Success and Finding Your Flow with Jill Sessa (Part 2)
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.
April 11, 2017
RVE 0054: But Where Do You Poop? Thoughts on Being a Digital Nomad and Tiny Ass Living
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.
April 04, 2017
RVE 0053: How to Harness the Power of Social Media for Business with RV Wanderlust
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.
March 28, 2017
RVE 0052: Starting a Van Life Business, Leaving 9-5’s, and Finding the First Customer
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...
March 21, 2017
RVE 0051: RVShare on Validating Business Ideas, Initial SEO Traction and RV Sharing
Today on the podcast, I am interviewing Joel Clark. Joel is the co-founder of RVShare, the largest peer-to-peer RV rental site currently in the RV industry.
March 14, 2017
RVE 50: 12 Things We Learned During the First RV Entrepreneur Summit
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.
March 07, 2017
RVE 0049: Making the Transition to Full-Time Travel with Life Among Pines
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.
March 01, 2017
RVE 0048: Building an Amazon FBA Business from Your RV
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.
February 21, 2017
RVE 0047: Less Junk, More Journey on Building 40k Youtube Fans in Less Than a Year
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.
February 14, 2017
RVE 0046: Lessons from One Year of Full-Time RVing and Handling Taxes as an RV Entrepreneur
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.
February 07, 2017
RVE 0045: From Zero to Travel: The Fastest Route to Becoming Location Independent
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.
January 31, 2017
RVE 0044: How Jordan is Spending the Year Playing the Top 100 Golf Courses
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.
January 24, 2017
RVE 0043: How I Freed Up My Time to Travel, Podcast, and Start a Software Company
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.
January 17, 2017
RVE 0042: How to Build and Grow a Membership Community with Kimberly from Fulltime Families
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.
January 10, 2017
RVE 0041: Answering Listener Questions With Heath and Alyssa
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.
January 03, 2017
RVE 0040: How David Blackmon Built a WordPress Theme Company from His RV
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.
December 29, 2016
RVE 0039: How Eric Hannan Built a Social Media Marketing Company from His RV
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.
December 21, 2016
RVE 0038: How to Save Money, Retire Early, and Go RVing with JD Roth
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!
December 18, 2016
RVE 0037: How to Find Free Camping Using Boondockers Welcome
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.
December 13, 2016
RVE 0036: Kyle Kesterson – Master of Weirdness, Start Ups, and Being a Creative Nomad
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.
December 06, 2016
RVE 0035: Why This Investor is RVing Across the Country Looking for Startups
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.
November 17, 2016
RVE 0034: How Michelle Makes Six Figures from a Blog While Full-Time RVing
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.
November 08, 2016
RVE 0033: The Honest Struggle of Building a Business While Traveling with Ardent Camper
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.
October 31, 2016
RVE 0032: Why Javazen’s Four Cofounders Spent 30 Days Driving Around the Country in an RV
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.
October 27, 2016
RVE 0031: How Jeremy and Stephanie from RVFTA Became Professional Content Creators
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.
October 20, 2016
RVE 0030: Paul and Nina from WheelingIt on Investing, Blogging, and Traveling Cheap
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.
October 12, 2016
RVE 0029: How to Start an Outdoor Photography Business
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.
October 04, 2016
RVE 0028: Mike Wendland from Roadtreking.com And His Transition from Journalist to Travel Writer
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.
September 30, 2016
RVE 0027: How The RV Geeks Built the Most Popular RVing Youtube Channel
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.
September 10, 2016
RVE 0026: How to Start Your Own RV Company With Homegrown Trailers
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.
August 31, 2016