Making a living on the road – how we earn an income (plus ask others to share how they do!)
One of the most common questions we get is “How can you afford to travel full-time?” I wrote about affording travel full-time here – we did a lot of saving and living frugally to build ourselves a strong financial foundation before hitting the road.
But even with all that we did to save, and being debt free when we started, we probably wouldn’t travel full-time if we didn’t have a source of income on the road. I think this is the biggest obstacle for people wanting to travel full-time – how are you going to make money when you aren’t going to an office or a job in the same location everyday?
I thought I’d write about how we make money on the road and go into a bit more detail about how we are making it work.
Nearly seven (7) years ago I created a free website, QueenBeeCoupons.com, to help folks save money through coupons, online sales, easy recipes, store discounts and more.
The website was created out of both necessity and passion after I quit my job as a Communications Manager with the Washington State Department of Transportation to stay home with my newborn son. After Liam was born I no longer had the desire to work in an office anymore and I wanted to stay home with him. But quitting my job meant our family income would drop 60% – so I started couponing to make ends meet. Times were tough everywhere – and friends and family would ask me how I was saving so much money. So I started QueenBeeCoupons.com to help others save like I was.
QueenBeeCoupons.com started with just a few page views a day (mostly friends and family) but fast forward six years later and it was bringing in nearly a million page views a month, helping people all across the country save money! I had no idea when I started it that it would become such a blessing in our lives. I count myself lucky that I get to help others save money (at no cost to them) while also earning money to support my family.
For years I managed the site entirely by myself but I was putting in 60-80 hours a week and it wasn’t healthy or sustainable. So now I currently have seven contractors who help and provide content for QueenBeeCoupons.com and although I still work on the site daily, I’m able to live a more balanced life as a mom, wife and full-time traveler.
So how do I make a living with a website that is FREE? I earn most of my income through ads, sponsored posts and affiliate sales. Our biggest income source is probably affiliate sales – for example, if I find a great deal on Amazon and share it with my readers, I make a percentage of the sale from Amazon (and I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a superstar at finding awesome deals on Amazon). The price of the item doesn’t change for the person purchasing it, but Amazon pays me a small percentage for referring that sale. That’s an affiliate sale and in my opinion – a win-win!
We also make a very nominal amount through this site (TakeThatExit.com) through similar ways, but it’s very little because our audience is much smaller. We have an Amazon shopping widget in the bottom left corner of our home page (scroll down) that you can use anytime you want to go shopping and we will get a percentage of those sales (and we are grateful when you do!)
There are many people who are making a full-time living with blogs such as this. It can be a great income source for full-time travelers because you can work ANYWHERE you have internet and you work anytime that works for you. It does require a lot of effort and hard work to establish a trusted, engaged community but when it grows it’s a beautiful thing – especially if it’s about a topic you’re passionate about!
So that’s a little bit about how we make a living on the road.
If you’d like to save money and follow QueenBeeCoupons.com, here are ways to connect:
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How do other families make a living on the road?
I thought I’d put a call out to other full-time traveling families and ask you – how are you earning money on the road? Do you sell products on Etsy or Ebay? Own a blog? Sell essential oils or Mary Kay or Pampered Chef? If you travel full-time and would like to share how you make a living on the road, please leave a comment below and tell us how you’re making it work!
I would LOVE for us all to support each other, so if you have a business online, please leave a URL or details about how you could be contacted. Please keep in mind that this is a public website – so any personal information you post will be visible to the whole world, so use discretion.
Please read this :: I doubt I’ll have to do this, but I do reserve the right to delete comments that I feel are overly spammy or for businesses that seem illegal, shady or not family-friendly. Please leave only ONE comment for your family and be very clear about what the business is and how you earn an income.