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Part Three of a Three-Part Series.
In my article “Why I Quit My Job and Moved Into an RV” I shared how my husband Josiah and I left our jobs in search of a career that would give us the freedom and flexibility we needed to achieve our personal goals and live our lives on our terms.
In “How We Changed Careers and Found Jobs We Love as RV Nomads” I told about how the real estate business we were trying to build didn’t turn out like we had initially hoped, but led us to new opportunities that would never have been possible had we not taken the first steps and made major changes in our lives.
In this article, I want to introduce to you another full time RVer named Camille Attell. As a result of her willingness to leave behind a stable career, Camille is now helping others achieve the dream of being able to live, work, and travel whenever and wherever they want–even when they don’t think they have any alternative income earning options available to them.
Camille Attell helps people achieve the dream of being able to live, work, and travel whenever and wherever they want, even when they don’t think they have any alternative income earning options available to them.
Camille and her husband Bryce run the website MoreThanAWheelin.com. They describe themselves as “former workaholics, who traded in Corporate America for North America, to explore new places, people, and possibilities.”
I’ve chatted online with Camille about blogging a few times, but last week I had the chance to talk to her on the phone and get to know her a little better. I got to hear about her mission to help people find remote work and travel full time, and I am really excited to tell you about the resources she offers, because I they will be immensely helpful–life changing even–to a lot of people. I also asked her to share some advice about finding remote work which I’ll pass along as well.
First, a little bit of background about Camille and Bryce. You can read their whole story on their website, but the short version is this: In 2016, weighed down by health problems, a stressful house renovation, and the monotony of corporate work, they decided to leave behind their life in the suburbs and pursue their shared passion for travel by buying an RV to live in and travel full time.
Not wanting to exhaust their savings before they reached retirement age, they had to get creative about finding ways to make money while traveling. Their experience, along with the freedom they found as a result, is what inspired Camille to start a business connecting others with resources and ways earn money while traveling full time.
The freedom they found as a result of their own experience is what inspired Camille to start a business connecting others with resources and ways earn money while traveling full time.
How is she doing that exactly? Well, in addition to writing articles and providing helpful resources through her website, Camille has also developed an online course called Remote Work 101: Work, Live and Travel Where You Want. Through this course, Camille helps people figure out how to transition from more traditional jobs to remote work by leveraging their existing skills and experience to land new opportunities.
Among other things, Camille helps her students…
- Identify their existing strengths and help them identify remote jobs they might not have been aware of or realized they were qualified for
- Know where to look for remote jobs (selling products to friends and family not required!)
- Negotiate with employers to get them to consider hiring a remote employee or allowing an existing employee to work remotely
- Figure out their budget needs and ways to offset those costs with supplementary streams of income
- Solve practical challenges that come with working on the road (such as internet connectivity)
- Update their resumes and interviewing techniques to be more competitive in a modern workforce environment
I wondered what Camille’s career background was and how it might qualify to her to teach this course. It turns out she has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and her previous jobs have involved career counseling, corporate training, and even helping welfare recipients get back into the workforce. So her education and experience make her the perfect person to help people find remote work!
Over the course of our phone call, I asked Camille to share some of her advice for people looking for remote work or jobs they can do on the road. Here’s part of our conversation:
Ashley: What would you tell someone who feels stuck in a job or career field that can’t be done remotely?
Camille: A lot of jobs can be done remotely, but you just have to ask or negotiate. Julie Chickery [another full time RVer and blogger] actually had a job in government that she’s now doing remotely, and she just started out gradually. So I wouldn’t just categorically rule out that you can’t do your job remotely. Replacing employees is expensive, and a lot of employers would rather have an existing employee work remotely instead of having to hire and train someone new.
But, if doing your existing job remotely isn’t working out for you, it might be time to pursue another path. Moving into working remotely is not always linear. It can take time to figure out.
A: A lot of remote jobs seem to be computer based. Are there good ways for people to earn money on the road that don’t require advanced technology skills?
C: Not all work available to full time travelers is online. I talk [in my course] about picking up local jobs. You just have to be creative and open minded. I know people who go work for the local grocery store, and they make more money doing that than if they had kept some customer service job. There’s also work camping, farm stays, working in an RV park–maybe you’re walking dogs for people in an RV park!
I will say that the course is more heavily focused on finding online jobs–but that doesn’t mean you have to know how to code. You just need to know how to log on and get online. If you know how to get on Facebook and send an email, you can probably work at many online jobs.
A: How soon can a person realistically expect to be earning money remotely?
C: It depends on a couple of things. How motivated is the person? What are his or her skill sets? Is it someone who’s never worked before? Or their only job has been entry level? Then it’s probably gonna take some time. I’ve had people [who took the course] get a job within a week, but some people are still looking because they aren’t ready to transition yet or haven’t finished the course work.
But if you have a reasonable set of skills and you do the work in the course, then finding a remote job is very realistic. I would say this course is especially ideal for people who are skilled at what they do but just don’t know what else is possible.
A: One way some people are earning a remote income is by blogging, and obviously you have a blog. What’s your take on blogging as a way to earn money? Would you recommend it to people as a way to fund full time travel?
C: It depends on the person and their commitment level. I don’t know that it’s for everyone. As I’m sure you know, blogging takes a lot of work. But for people who do want to blog for business, I know how to fast track them and can recommend some resources.
A: Do you have a favorite go-to resource for finding remote jobs?
C: There really isn’t a single best resource. I will say that one of the many benefits of joining Remote Work School is that I have a partnership with a staffing agency, and am able to offer a tool to help students in their job search. It’s a network that provides access to off market jobs for startups, scaleups, and nonprofit companies. Other than that there are sites like Workamper News and Xscapers Job Board. Some of my students love Upwork, but other students are intimidated by Upwork and love Flexjobs. There isn’t really “one great resource.” I think the great resource is yourself: knowing what you need and what is gonna work for your lifestyle, and then you find your strategy.
And I think the one great resource is the course! Unlike on Facebook, where you might ask for remote work recommendations and get too many responses to know where to begin, the course is focused; it helps you flesh out who you are and what you need and what works for you.
Since launching her course, Camille has now helped many people land jobs working remotely. Here are testimonials from some of her students:
Remote Work 101 Student Testimonials:
“So your course has been so helpful! I feel like I have a personal coach! Not just for the RV lifestyle, but also about myself personally and professionally. I’ve kind of felt stuck in the gerbil wheel of life and you’ve given me the ability to see future possibilities with confidence. That’s very cool. Thank you.” -Barbara, Remote Work 101 Student
“I’m really enjoying the course, it is helping me focus my energies to get accomplished all that I need to for my goal of hitting the road full-time!” -Ellen, Remote Work 101 Student
“Camille, OMG I just got a part-time job on UpWork!!! And I’ve lined up a few places for workcamping this summer on the Pacific Northwest coast. This course is what gave me the confidence to refresh my resume, call places and make requests even if you get turned down, there’s another opportunity around the corner. THANK YOU SO MUCH!” -Laine, Remote Work 101 Student