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The RV Entrepreneur

By Joshua Sheehan - Presented by RV Life
This podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere. The RV Entrepreneur is a podcast that supports entrepreneurs in and around the RV Community.
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RVE 251: Why Niching Down Geographically Can Be An Awesome Business Strategy with Brooks Smothers from RV Out West
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Brooks Smothers.

Brooks is a marketing consultant by day and a podcast host for a show called RV Out West by night. Born & raised in the Pacific Northwest he grew up camping; from backpacking, car camping, van life (before it was a thing), to a tent trailer and now with a travel trailer. In this episode Brooks and I talk about:
 Some of the pros and cons to a geographically focused podcast - his is focused on the Pacific Northwest How as a content creator you need to create and play within your own sandbox, not worry about the castles everyone else is building in theirs How you can bridge the search engine gap between storytelling and information about a specific location How Brooks identified his target audience and then took one specific metric unique to them - average one way commute - and  has tailored his podcast to fit that time span I hope you enjoy the episode! Connect with Brooks:

 Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1716271 
 Website: https://www.rvoutwest.com/  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rv_out_west/ 
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rv.out.west  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup

 Connect with RVE on your favorite socials: therventrepreneur.com/connect  Have a question? We’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail by clicking here:  therventrepreneur.com/voicemail Want to be a guest on the show? Fill out this guest form: https://therventrepreneur.com/guestform  ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The RV Entrepreneur: www.therventrepreneur.com   The RV Entrepreneur is presented by RV LIFE - Tools that Make Camping Simple www.rvlife.com
50:40
May 19, 2022
RVE 250: Why Sharee Collier Takes 420 Steps to Answer One Question & How Virtual Summits Provide Information Access to All
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Sharee Collier.
 Sharee is a 9 year RV life vet, who combines running a remote RV lifestyle business with seasonal jobs and project management. She the bestselling author of Live Camp Work: A Beginner’s Guide to Workamping- book 1 in a series that details how to grab seasonal jobs so you can travel now for super cheap! Sharee is known for her creativity and willingness to step out-side-the-box as you’ll see in this episode, and enjoys planning digital and in-person events. She hosts multiple Virtual Summits throughout the year, including Rethinking Remote, The RV Family Summit, Ready to Renovate | RV renovation Summit, #VanLife Virtual Summit just to name a few.  In this episode we talk about:  How the Colliers started off in the RV lifestyle and Sharee’s experience with the Amazon Camper Force How that experience led them to clearly define the types of work they wanted to do and ultimately carve out positions for themselves at RV resorts for 3 to 5 months at a time How Sharee originally blogged about their family’s experiences until she realized folks outside the family were actually paying attention and that freaked her out - so she started to blog about the adventures and the experiences of their work camping jobs. Then along with over 500 volunteer editors from the RV community she wrote a book in less than five months detailing seasonal jobs for RVers And finally we get into how the book launched her into virtual summits and how her latest summit, the second RV Family Summit, co-hosted with Fulltime Families, is a hybrid virtual and in person event  - with THREE locations! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How to connect with Sharee: Website: https://www.livecampwork.com  Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/sharee.collier  Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sharee.collier  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livecampwork  
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/LiveCampWork/ 
 Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharee-collier/  
 CHECK OUT THE RV FAMILY VIRTUAL SUMMIT: https://rv-family.heysummit.com/  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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 Connect with RVE on your favorite socials: therventrepreneur.com/connect  Have a question? We’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail by clicking here:  therventrepreneur.com/voicemail Want to be a guest on the show? Fill out this guest form: https://therventrepreneur.com/guestform  ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The RV Entrepreneur: www.therventrepreneur.com   The RV Entrepreneur is presented by RV LIFE - Tools that Make Camping Simple www.rvlife.com
56:06
May 08, 2022
RVE 249: The One Thing You Want to MAKE SURE You Do When You Reach Out to Work With Brands With Spencer and Kristi Stevens of Adventurtunity Family
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Kristi and Spencer Stevens  
Kristi and Spencer quit their corporate jobs in 2020 and hit the road with their son Kade. After spending six weeks of a paid sabbatical traveling in New Zealand and Australia they knew they wanted to rearrange their lives to spend more time together as a family. They leveraged their past experiences in  product marketing, brand marketing, digital marketing strategies, and brand influencer management to start up a boutique marketing business. Along with their commercial clients they also work with brands on the adventure brand - Adventuretunity. In this episode we talk about how: - They focus on small businesses and how relationships often start with an audit - small brands pay them to find holes in their current marketing and to come up with ways to make a bridge to where they ultimately want to be. -  Working together as a team allows Spencer and Krisit to offer a full package to their clients and not have to contract out venues, models, camera crews, copywriters and the rest of the items needed for digital marketing - between the two of them they cover it all. - They have incorporated products they use daily into long term clients and how they grew those relationships so that they are mutually beneficial to both parties - The biggest piece of advice in getting a conversation started working with a brand - And Kristi’s biggest pet peeve as a prior Influencer Manager and how to start off on the right foot when contacting brands you’d like to work wit Connect with Kristi & Spencer:
 Adventurtunity Family
 Website: https://www.adventurtunityfamily.com/ 
 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDMRTZM7aqsAl6Q9ZU9Odlw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventurtunityfamily/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adventurtunityfamily/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup

Connect with RVE on your favorite socials: therventrepreneur.com/connect  Have a question? We’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail by clicking here:  therventrepreneur.com/voicemail Want to be a guest on the show? Fill out this guest form: https://therventrepreneur.com/guestform  ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The RV Entrepreneur: www.therventrepreneur.com   The RV Entrepreneur is presented by RV LIFE - Tools that Make Camping Simple www.rvlife.com
46:48
May 05, 2022
RVE 248: Why Treating Your Business as an Act of Service Is the Best Way to Grow a Loyal Community With Kimberly Crossland of Roadpreneur and Cruisin + Campfires
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Kimberly Crossland who is the founder of Roadpreneur and Cruisin' + Campfires, two companies designed to keep families together and living in freedom through travel and entrepreneurship.  In this episode we dive into how Kimberly built a physical product based business, called Cruising + Campfires, stemming off an awesome experience on a family roadtrip. How that business has adapted and morphed into a subscription based model and  why that leads to to easier scheduling, less stress, and more satisfied customers than an on demand one. Kimberly also has created an online community call Roadpreneur where she is gathering and coaching other entrepreneurs  through digital content and virtual community building. We discuss the differences, pros and cons to both product based business and digital based business and how some-timing rv travel is a real sweet spot between weekenders and full timers. We also cover how failing forward can grow your credibility within the community and a few tech tools that allow Kimberly to scale and automate her solopreneur businesses to function at a much higher level. If you enjoy RV Entrepreneur then I highly suggest you check out Kimberly’s Roadpreneur for a different flavor of the same topics:
 Roadpreneur:
 Roadpreneur.com  instagram.com/Roadpreneur Cruising + Campfires:
 cruisinandcampfires.com
instagram.com/cruisinandcampfires  ~~~~~~~~~~ Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com
50:17
April 28, 2022
RVE 247: How to Sell a Podcast and What’s Next for The RV Entrepreneur with Andy Robinowitz from RV Life
This weeks episode we have a super awesome interview. This is the first time I've done a live interview and it's also the first time I've co-hosted an interview. We've got Heath Padgett back on the podcast and we're interviewing Andy Robinowitz from RV Life.  If you didn't see the blog post the RV Entrepreneur podcast has been sold to Andy and the RV Life team.  All three of us were in the Dallas, Fort Worth Texas area so we got to sit down together, have a conversation in the same room and it's really cool to hear both of these gentlemen speak. We get to talk a little bit about how the transfer of the podcast went from Heath to Andy, and then we spend the rest of the time talking with Andy about RV Life and what he's grown the business into.

Andy is a repeat customer on the podcast.  (Episode 120: https://anchor.fm/rve/episodes/RVE-120-How-Andy-Built--Monetized-the-Largest-Online-RV-Community-ea37a9/a-a4g5npd) He was one of the early guests several years ago, but since then has created and established himself as a leader in the RV industry with his software and his forums and RV Life, the overarching umbrella of all his RV related content. I'm really excited for you guys to hear the conversation between the three of us. And I feel humbled to be in the room with these two gentlemen.  Enjoy! -Joshua


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Check out everything Andy and the RV Life team are doing over at www.rvlife.com!

 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com
47:52
April 21, 2022
RVE 246: The Case for a 50/50 Business Partnership with Kristen Sargent from Legit Trips
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Kristen Sargent from Legit Trips, a travel company that runs international group trips.  Kristen says she is living her wildest dreams. She owns an international travel company with her best friend and also travels domestically every day with the love of her life in their RV. She's on a mission to help people feel curious, alive, and free to try or do new things. In addition Kristen shares her personal adventures on Instagram and Youtube as Perpetual Moves in an effort to inspire others to go after their own dreams no matter how wild or unconventional.  What started out as a hobby in planning international trips with friends has since turned into her full time gig and it turns out it is also a perfect fit for traveling full time in an RV. In this episode we talk about how Legit Trips came to be and why this side hustle succeeded in becoming her full time career.   Kristen has a unique story about going against traditional business advice and forming her partnership as 50/50 ownership and we get into whether or not she would execute the formation of a business that way again. 
We go into the growth of a passion project and what it’s like to hire team members to replace you as the face of the business on the actual trips you’ve organized and sold clients on. Kristen firmly believes that the nomad lifestyle, and specifically RVing, is great for anyone in the travel industry and she goes into detail why she thinks this is the case. Then we wind down the interview talking about her personal brand, Perpetual Moves, and how that plays into the lifestyle.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Kristen from Legit Trips! Legit Trips www.legittrips.com  www.instagram.com/legit_trips Perpetual Moves www.perpetualmoves.us  www.instagram.com/perpetualmoves  ~~~~~
 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com 

50:40
April 14, 2022
RVE 245: Variety Acts - Ways to Take Your Show On the Road With Edzui Szumowski
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Edzui Szumowski who is currently traveling the country performing with The Vernardos Circus! Edzui (Edge-U) is a performer and ran away with the circus- TWICE. Once on a train in 1993 and this time in an RV in 2021. He’s lived on circus trains, mega cruise ships, flown over 1000 times in a decade chasing ships around the planet and is now living full-time in a Winnebago Micro-Minnie rocking his vaudeville dreams touring with a real live TENT SHOW CIRCUS!  This interview is slightly different that past guests - Edzui isn’t currently an entrepreneur - but he was during COVID and its a good case study of the opportunities that are out there and how different situations in life have different seasons. In this episode we talk about:  How the live performance industry was affected by the pandemic and Edzui’s pivot into entrepreneurship to flex with the market and stay relevant from a distance How circus life fits so intimately into RV life and some of the benefits and struggles of living while working with a traveling show The opportunities for future generations of performers and how entrepreneurs can successfully fulfill live and virtual market slices while on the road in their RVs  The struggles of live performances on the road with a society that is so connected and tethered to our devices all the time To connect directly with Edzui check out his website: https://www.edzui.com/  
 Make sure to check out The Vernardos Circus:

Tickets & Locations: https://www.venardoscircus.com/
 Want to work with Edzui and travel with the circus? Check out opportunities with The Vernardos Circus: https://www.venardoscircus.com/jobs ~~~~~
 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com 
36:24
April 07, 2022
RVE 244: How a Travel Hacker Turned Full-Time RVer Can Get You a $3000 Hotel Room for $300 With Nate Ritter of RoomSteals.com 

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Nate Ritter from RoomSteals.com Nate has travel hacked with his family of 5, around the US and Western Europe for 10 years without paying for a flight or hotel. Now he’s found another hack having to do with wholesale hotel prices, and he’s sharing it with the world while they travel North America full time in an RV.  In this episode we talk about how there are massive discounts to be had in the hotel industry, regularly 20-25% but sometime up to 95% discounted rates for those who know where to look. 
We talk back through Nate’s past and find out how he got into travel hacking, what exactly travel hacking is, and why he is so enthusiastic about it. Nate tells how the “entrepreneurial disease” caused him to see an opportunity in the market and the steps he took to create Room Steals into a sustainable travel business only months before the pandemic shut down most travel yet the business model they run has been able to sustain it through to the other side and they’re now seeing a big upswing in user travel. 
I was very intrigued at how he step up room steals to allow both consumers and professionals to utilize the service and that travel agents who use the platform can almost double their commissions instantly with this service.
 Jump into the episode and let me know what you think about the “rolling Monday” way to keep on track with travel days!


Connect with Nate:
 twitter.com/nateritter  twitter.com/roomsteals  roomsteals.com  youtube.com/channel/UCTVDHqwgRbc0fzKtBMSIXww  instagram.com/nateandtilly/ ~~~~~
 Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com 
38:03
March 31, 2022
RVE 243: The Secret to getting $500,000 worth of advertising impressions FOR FREE with Aaron & Chris from Irene Iron Fitness, Irene Iron Travels, & soon to be Healthy RV Living
I’m excited for todays episode with  Aaron and Chris Willers. They are a married couple who have lived full time on the road since January 2019.  They left their high paying corporate careers in their mid-thirties to live life to its fullest through travel and experiences.  In preparation for working on the road they launched their new business, Irene Iron Fitness, where Chris coaches clients 100% online as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Pn2 Level Certified Nutrition Coach.  Aaron drives their entrepreneurship spirit with his enthusiasm and technology skills to run the back office of the website as well as all of their YouTube production for Irene Iron Travels.  Together, they practice the healthy lifestyle that they preach and love helping others live their best life out on the road.  The Willers are planners and methodical executers - they spent a few years building their reserves so that when they launched they had almost 5 years of runway available. 

They started their entrepreneurial journey from square zero - their corporate jobs had nothing to do with what either of them are currently working on.

They started out in a airstream van, spent a summer overloanding in a rooftop tent and are now finding their new normal in a 26 foot travel trailer that is the perfect place to welcome home their newest edition, a basenji pup named Louie!
 Online Coaching with Chris @ www.ireneironfitness.com 
IreneIronTravels @ YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/ireneironfitness)  IreneIronTravels @ Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ireneirontravels)  IreneIronTravels @ Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ireneirontravels)  HealthyRVLiving @ www.healthyrvliving.com
 HealthyRVLiving @ YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/HealthyRVLiving)  HealthyRVLiving @ Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HealthyRVLiving)  HealthyRVLiving @ Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/healthyrvliving)  Be sure to join the RVE community on Facebook: therventrepreneur.com/facebookgroup And we’d love to hear from you - send us a voicemail! therventrepreneur.com/voicemail www.therventrepreneur.com 
53:27
March 24, 2022
RVE 242: Why It Can Be Difficult to Build a Community Based on Free Content and Lessons Learned From Publishing Four Magazines with Demian Ross From RV Today
I’m excited for todays episode, I’m joined by Demian Ross. Demian is a repeat guest on the podcast but this time around he is a bit more of an RV Entrepreneur than the last go around. Demian has created two magazines for the RV community - Rootless Living and the newly launched RV Today Magazine. While his first magazine, Rootless Living, that was for digital nomads, by digital nomads was successful, Demian noticed that there was a huge hole in the market for RVer’s and there was no independent magazine who’s mission it was to serve the rv community from an unattached standpoint. RV Today is a magazine for RVers, by RVers and because its not tied to any other RV organization it is truly an independent magazine in all sense of the words. In this episode we talk about: How Demian created his own hashtag that is now being used throughout the entire RV community and how #rootless is sometimes misunderstood What its like building a very niched down magazine and podcast and what lessons he’s learned from Rootless Living that is now being applied to launching RV Today How equipment advances have put the power of production at a super attainable level for everyone We talk about why Demian doesn’t think he’ll ever hire “full time” staff for his businesses The generator genesis and how it sparked the creation of Demian’s RV related magazine Connect with Demian and his teams:

 Demian’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/demianross/ 

 RVToday Website: https://rvtoday.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rvtodaymag/  Rootless Living
Website: www.rootlessliving.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootlesslivingmag/ 
~~~~~~~~~~ Leave us a voicemail!  anchor.fm/rve and click on the “message” button - we’d love to hear from you! Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
01:02:20
March 15, 2022
RVE 241: When an RVer Designs Products for RVers - The Result Is Eloquent With Jim Phelan From Airskirts
One of the things I really like about the rv lifestyle is that it can be very minimalistic, and yet can also satisfy the inner gear nut in me because there are a ton of different products and ways to solve solutions that arise.  While at the 2022 Tampa RV show I came across a product that absolutely blew me away. It was created by a fellow Fulltime RVer and it solved a need that full timers face in such an eloquent and simple way that I really was scratching my head - no one has done this yet? I got to talking with the inventor and founder and really connected with his story and invited him to come onto the podcast. Today’s guest is Jim Phelan from AirSkirts. A software engineer by trade, Jim started AirSkirts in 2020 after solving a real-world problem he encountered with full-time RV living. In 2016 Jim sold his home in Brooklyn, NY along with most of his possessions, and began traveling the US in his Airstream travel trailer.  Unwilling to compromise and use an inferior method to camp in cold weather, Jim set out to design a better way to skirt the bottom of his rv – AirSkirts is a series of inflatable tubes that inflate under the RV, creating an insulated, reusable, and installation free skirt.  In this episode Jim tells us about the product development journey of Air skirts and some of the struggles and lessons he learned along the way.

We get into what its like to own a business that is physical product based versus the digital marketplace he previously worked in and I love how Jim bootstrapped the whole thing and is still on the fence whether he would do it that way again or not - it really shows his down to earth nature and is a struggle that all of us entrepreneurs can relate to.
 Enjoy the show!
-Joshua Check out Air Skirts here: https://www.airskirts.com/?ref=rve Phone: 833-475-4787 AirSkirts Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airskirts/    If you’re interested in checking out AirSkirts yourself Jim has graciously provided the RVE community a discount code for Airskirts - enter the word “entrepreneur” at checkout and receive $150 off any kit order. Leave us a voicemail!  anchor.fm/rve and click on the “message” button - we’d love to hear from you! Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
34:47
March 08, 2022
RVE 240: Buying an Established Business Can Be the Best Way for RV Entrepreneurs to Get On the Road With Dustin and Nicole Schroeder From Fulltime Families
Today we get to talk with Dustin and Nicole Schroeder who are the current owners of Fulltime Families.  Dusting and Nicole Schroeder are nomadic entrepreneurs that run multiple businesses from the road. They have traveled Fulltime with their family of 5 since 2017 and  are very engaged in the RV community through their company Fulltime Families. Fulltime Families  hosts over 12 events each year, in addition to  providing resources for new and veteran rvers, they focuses on creating connections for families to help sustain the nomadic lifestyle. Nicole is also a cofounder of the RV Family Virtual Summit which is something we’ll touch on later in the episode. We talk about how their personal rv travels led them to becoming more involved in the RV community and the story behind how they became the owners of the decade old rv community. Before we get into the interview I’ll say that Fulltime Families runs a ton of Facebook groups - pick out a number in your mind as to what a “ton” of Facebook groups to facilitate would be to you and I’ll check in with you afterwards to see where our numbers compare. We talk about how many folks expanding from Facebook groups and how Fulltime families is accommodating that shift in their audience and how two people facilitate 10 to 15 in person events and so many virtual communities - as I’m sure you can guess - its not alone. 
 With events being a major portion of the business model we get to chat with the Schroeders about the major obstacles and benefits of running a business that  doesn’t host events in the same Location each time. Dustin also owns a retail store in Minnesota so we jump into a few aspects of running a sticks and bricks retail location as a nomad and the challenges and growth opportunities that situation can provide. If you want to check out Heath’s episode with the founders of Fulltime Families, Kimberly & Chris Travaglino, please check out episode number 42. Please check out Fulltime Families through the links below! Website: www.fulltimefamilies.com  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fulltime_families/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FulltimeFamilies/  

Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
48:13
March 01, 2022
RVE 239: How Creating RV Content Can Reduce Your Stress Level and Provide Time Freedom With Jason & Abby Epperson From RV Miles
Today we have the pleasure of talking with Jason and Abby Epperson from RV Miles. Jason and Abby are hosts of the RV Miles Podcast, the America's National Parks podcast and the See America Podcast. They are also the editors of RVMiles.com and every week share the latest in RV and camping news on the RV Miles YouTube channel. On the road full-time since 2016, Jason and Abby share this adventure with their three boys and can often be found exploring National Parks or finding the best local pizza and beer. In this episode we chat about:
 How splitting their long form podcast episodes onto its own channel and away from the short news briefs has allowed each approach to flourish and provide value to potentially differing audiences The staggering difference between retention rates between long form podcast shows and many shorter YouTube videos How the pandemic forced their hand in the topic of their content creation and how it might have saved them years of split focus Covering RV industry news might just have saved their sanity and added a few years back onto their lives After 5 years of full time travel - they’re still figuring out how to do it How you work as a couple and team in your business as a family with young kids You can connect with Jason & Abby on any of your favorite podcast players or on any of the platforms below:
 https://www.rvmiles.com   
https://www.youtube.com/rvmiles https://www.facebook.com/groups/rvmilesgroup  https://www.instagram.com/rvmiles   https://www.tiktok.com/@rvmiles  
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rv-miles-podcast  Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
55:09
February 22, 2022
RVE 238: The KEY to Securing Sponsorships for your Personal Brand with Eric Highland from Hourless Life
Today we get to talk with Eric from Hourless Life, a threepeat guest on the podcast! (Episodes 53 &124) Eric, Brittany, and Caspian Highland are currently driving around the world on a 10-15 year journey. They've been traveling full-time since February 2014. That means their son Caspian who was born in 2016 doesn’t know anything other than life on the road. Known first as RV Wanderlust, then Jeepsies, the Highland family is now known as Hourless Life.  Here's a few points of what we talk about today: • Lifestyle design – how Eric and Brittany don’t HAVE to work and how that plays into their work/life balance • What’s the hardest part about traveling the world by Jeep • How creating a family mission statement allows them to avoid decision fatigue • How life just isn't about stuff, It's about memories, experiences and it's about the legacy that you leave behind for others • The insights Eric gleaned from Billionaires in the professional boxing world • The best way to establish and nurture sponsorships for your endeavors and projects Be sure to check out Eric, Brittany, and Caspian at Hourless Life:
 • https://hourlesslife.com/  • https://www.patreon.com/hourlesslife  • https://www.youtube.com/c/HourlessLife  • https://www.instagram.com/hourlesslife/ Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
48:14
February 15, 2022
RVE 237: How the Border Hookups Get Paid to Boondock
In this episode we talk about: How the RV lifestyle allowed them to pivot and adapt when their industry was thrown a curve ball How they are integrating their travels and their gigs into the Harvest Host network How the transition to a nomadic lifestyle didn’t go as planned How to balance work and life when spouses work on opposite ends of the week Enjoy! ~Joshua You can reach Dave and Jacqueline at: https://linktr.ee/theborderhookups https://www.theborderhookups.com  Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
43:60
February 08, 2022
RVE 236: Tax Season 2022 - Setting Yourself Up For Success With Heather Ryan The Tax Queen
Heather Ryan is the owner of The Tax Queen, a tax firm supporting entrepreneurs and digital nomads. As a federally-licensed Enrolled Agent, she supports her clients year-round with tax preparation, tax planning and bookkeeping. She's been traveling in a 5th wheel with her husband and two dogs since September 2016. In this episode Heather tells us about being an enrolled agent and that means versus an account or CPA. We talk about the challenges of switching into a nomadic lifestyle and how she has grown her business while on the road. We get into how being a digital nomad herself allows her to better serve her clients and what her services offer over a more traditional tax preparer. There are a few things that we as entrepreneurs can do to make the tax filing a smooth interaction and Heather goes into the biggest issue she sees with clients and ways to solve those problems. We talk about how detailed our descriptions of individual line items need to be and several deductions folks often miss out on when preparing their taxes. Being a new entrepreneur myself I ask what a tax professional and client relationship looks like and when the best time during the tax season is to actually file your return. This episode is a quick one, but should give you some awesome insights to make your 2022 tax season one with a little less stress. Enjoy! ~Joshua You can reach Heather at: https://tax-queen.com https://www.facebook.com/ryantaxqueen Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
28:58
February 08, 2022
RVE 235: What Has Heath Padgett Been up to Since He Closed Down the Podcast?
Today we’re catching up with the RV Entrepreneur's founder Heath Padgett and getting an overview on the past half a year since he ended the podcast and also a few status updates on current projects.

Specifically we discuss:   -  Heath’s experience ending the podcast and his reflections on closing it down -  How taking a single action can change your whole life and how many relationships steamed out of the podcast -  If Heath is going to get back into content creation and if so, what that might look like -  Overview and reflections on the Campgroundbooking.com acquisition -  How easy it is to get wrapped up in projects and the difficulty in not attaching your identity to projects -  Brand Names: The opportunities and challenges to niching down in a name or staying broad  -  Heath’s idea for a new podcast focused on starting a campground -  Futuristic mindsets that are a benefit in business but can be challenging to be present and how RVing can help ground yourself -  The 2021 RV Entrepreneur Summit and how it went at the new campground -  What a Force Multiplier is and how it plays a role in community - And finally an update on the progress of building their campground in Montrose Colorado Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
44:06
February 08, 2022
Rve 234: The RV Entrepreneur Is Back! Interview With the New Host, Joshua Sheehan
The RV Entrepreneur podcast is BACK!  … with a caveat, there is a new host! In this episode Heath interviews the new host, Joshua Sheehan, and officially hands over the torch as host of the podcast. They dive into Joshua’s background, how they met and what he’s doing on the road. Heath and Joshua also talk about a scarcity versus an abundance mindset, how Joshua and his wife, Kolie, are planning to raise their kids on the road in their RV, and about how to pick names for things like your blog, podcast, or YouTube channel and why sometimes names matter and sometimes they don't. Connect with the RV Entrepreneur Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116253535383883   Check out Joshua’s personal brand, Gander Flight, here: www.ganderflight.com/youtube & www.ganderflight.com/instagram  Follow the RV Entrepreneur on all your favorite social networks: www.therventrepreneur.com 
46:56
February 08, 2022
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.
12:28
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 info@heathandalyssa.com :) 
26:17
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.
39:25
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
53:02
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
01:13:13
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
28:46
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
43:27
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.
10:54
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.
49:47
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
49:45
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
01:02:00
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
39:47
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
28:55
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 timewing@quest-cpa.com
39:36
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
40:47
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.
42:21
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. 
37:40
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
58:30
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
01:01:58
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!).
39:49
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. 
54:05
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
16:32
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.
47:54
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
52:52
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. 
33:17
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
50:53
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 :)
48:35
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?
53:09
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.
56:18
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)
46:16
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.
37:03
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
39:12
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!
20:44
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.
42:57
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. 
05:47
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. 
45:42
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. :) 
17:22
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
38:24
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. :) 
45:59
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.
45:35
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.
17:24
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.
17:20
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.
38:58
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.
27:10
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.
21:39
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.
19:50
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.
34:33
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.
45:19
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.
38:59
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.
43:28
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.
46:28
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.
48:23
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.
44:40
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.
46:54
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.
37:38
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
51:43
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.
44:11
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.
32:29
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.
35:21
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!
41:10
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
53:04
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.
38:11
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!
10:11
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.
55:57
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.
56:19
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.
28:50
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.
46:13
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.
48:28
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.
45:22
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.
36:57
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
49:43
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.
48:45
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.
53:25
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.
49:44
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).
46:32
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
35:02
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.
53:08
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.
44:16
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.
38:42
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.
33:14
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.
50:15
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.
23:04
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!
54:16
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.
42:08
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.
44:16
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.
39:38
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).
34:35
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!
21:39
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.
50:25
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.
15:19
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
43:50
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.
19:27
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.
48:26
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
12:57
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
47:40
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
22:11
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.
48:47
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.
57:44
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.
39:51
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.
45:40
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.
19:59
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.
50:24
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.
01:11:12
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.
41:15
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.
13:29
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.
54:18
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.
52:06
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.
14:02
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
44:15
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
37:05
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.
01:13:10
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.
09:42
March 15, 2018
RVE 122: How to Make $5k/Month on AirBNB
On today’s episode, I’m interview