Sooo many people say to me, “I wish I could live in a van and travel around like you. I just can’t be a stripper and there’s no way to make money on the road.”
First of all, van dwelling is not expensive. I think I spent way less than $5k on gas and food last year. Paying rent is expensive, so if that’s something you don’t want to be doing, you should stop sooner rather than later.
Okay, now let’s talk about making money. There are so many ways. Jobs are very rarely the most efficient ways to make money. If nothing else, look at it like this: the people you work for are taking your work and selling it, in some form, to someone else. They pay you a little bit of what that someone else pays them, and the rest is profit for them. Then they start bossing you around and telling you what time to get up and get there in the morning and how you can talk and what you can wear. It’s crazy.
You can make money from almost anything. Literally. I made money from this blog. I make money selling used, broken stripper shoes on the internet, and I make money sitting on the sidewalk singing songs. Once there were no strip clubs and I washed cars at an office building. I made $700 in three days! It was a ton of car washing. I mean, way over a hundred cars!
It’s good to make money with something you love. Someday I will build dulcimers and paint them like women and sell them at festivals. But sometimes it’s more efficient to make money in some other, quicker way, and have more time to spend doing what you want with what you love. Let’s look at a few models for making money.
1. There is the marketplace. The flea market, the women’s festival, pagan festival, carnival, renn faire, etc. Go there, and either sell things or a service. I feel like selling services is always cleaner and more honest. At flea markets try selling things scavenged from junk yards, dumpsters, and yard sales, or things you make, or buy big lots of books on ebay and sell them for a dollar each. Or do henna tattoos, fortune telling, foot rubs, make-overs, the possibilities are endless. Just know your market. Foot rubs do great at trendy farmers markets, not so much at flea markets. And you don’t have to carry anything.
2. Fuck that market shit. You don’t need to pay table fees. Just offer your services to people. There are a few ways to do this. Craigslist, of course. Then there’s just walking up to people. Not on the street. Pick a setting where you get some credibility. Knock on their door and tell them you’re a carpet cleaner and you’re cleaning carpets in their neighborhood tomorrow. Would they like theirs cleaned? Or walk into an office and tell the receptionist that you’ll be washing cars for their building tomorrow, if anyone wants their car washed they should bring their money. Here’s your brochure, would she mind letting people know?
3. Sell something on the internet. Ebay. Ebanned. Keen. Etsy. Copywriting. Whatever you do on the internet, network, network, network.