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How to Get Started Workamping

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Working on the road while traveling in your RV, also known as Workamping, can add money to your budget - both by earning money and through savings. Often you get a free or low cost RV site, thus saving on travel expenses. Workamping also adds fun and adventure to your travels.

Besides camp hosting, there are so many other ways to earn or save money. In addition to RV parks and resorts, RVers work in national and state parks and forests, in tourist areas and amusement parks.

Some find short term work at events like NASCAR; still others operate their own business on the road. While working in a location, you get to know and explore an area.

How do you get started Workamping?

1. Get information: I recommend a subscription to Workamper News. This publication comes out every two months and has advertisements for hundreds of jobs each issue, plus informative articles. Their online bookstore has a number of books on the subject.

Participate in forums on working on the road; Workamper.com has one, as do Escapees (RVNetwork.com), RV.net and RVTravel.com.

2. Set goals: Decide what you want out of workamping. Some people want to earn a certain amount of money. Others want to try something new, like work at Disney World. Still others want to be in a certain part of the country to be near relatives or to explore the area.

3. Prepare your resume: Prepare a one page resume, focusing on the skills that a seasonal employer would need.

  • Even without workamping experience, you have undoubtedly worked with people, dealt with customers, handled money or done maintenance. Include any work experience that applies as well as community work and hobbies.

  • For example, if you maintained your home, you used a number of maintenance skills needed in an RV park.

4. Find job openings: Besides Workamper News, other sources of potential jobs include Caretaker Gazette and Coolworks.com.

  • Campground directories list potential employers. Temporary agencies have all types of work from general to professional. Specialized directories can help you find venues like fairs or flea markets to sell products.

  • To work in a certain area, check with the Chamber of Commerce or Tourist Bureau for employers. Other RV magazines have want ads in their classified sections. Other Workampers are also good sources of job openings.

5. Apply to many jobs: The more employers you interview the more you’ll learn about Workamping. It is important to ask a lot of questions since your interview is usually by phone and you may have never seen the location.

  • Besides questions about job duties and compensation, you’ll want to find out about the RV space, what’s in the area, availability of cell and satellite signals, etc.

  • Some employers offer perks such as free or discounted propane, store discounts or tickets to area attractions.

  • If you only apply to one or two jobs and they don’t work out, you’ll be left with nothing. If you apply to 15-20 jobs, you’ll probably end up with two or more job offers.

6. Follow up: Follow up is important at each stage of the process. Followup with a phone call or email:

  • To make sure your application or resume has been received. You may get the opportunity to find out more about the job or the hiring process, plus get a chance to express your interest and to sell yourself.

  • After the interview, send a thank you note and then keep in touch until a decision is made. Without being a pest, find out when they are taking the next step and then call if you haven’t heard anything by that time.

  • Once you have a job offer, ask for a written agreement. If the employer does not have one, ask if you can send a letter summarizing what you agreed upon that they sign off on. Most will agree.

  • Ask for a letter of recommendation when your assignment is complete.

Resources

http://www.campgulf.com/example/employment/agreement.pdf

Support RV Lifestyle For more information about working on the road, see Jaimie's book: Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road, 2nd ed.

Working on the Road For an overview of the “working on the road” lifestyle, take a look at Margo’s eBook, Working on the Road: For Professionals and Just Fun-loving Folks.

 

 

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