Yes – your boat head manufacturers talk about how it’s definitely possible to make money while living and traveling around the world on a boat. But the question is, just how much can you make and how can you make it?
Creative Ways to Make Money while Cruising and living aboard a Sailboat. I talk about all of the in and outs of Youtube, Patreon and Vimeo. Even more fun we talk about all of the people we have met along our cruising adventures and how THEY make money while living aboard.
At the time of writing this, I’ve been living on our sailboat in the Mediterranean full time for the last year. I’ve met a variety of people doing an assortment of things to make money (and find ways to minimize the amount of money that’s spent).
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How to make money while sailing around the world…
1. Work for six months and then sail for six months
Now that I know about this option I wish I knew about it before we left for our world adventure! I had no idea that people worked during the winter months and then took six months off to sail around the Mediterranean or Caribbean. Looking back, I think that would have been a better way to ease into the live-aboard lifestyle.
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2. Find a work-from-‘home’ job
The work-from-home trend is still on the increase. I imagine it will exponentially increase. More and more companies see the value in having employee’s work from home. There are a couple of people in the marina, that I’m in now, that appear to work from home but they’re really working from their boat.
3. Consultancy – on land
If you have the skills to do consultancy – perhaps a past record of success in a particular field – you can potentially pimp yourself out (infrequently) to do some consultancy projects.
4. Consultancy – on the sea
Again, if you have a set of skills that do allow for consultancy, the possibility exists to set up an online consultancy service. There’s a photographer in Greece I stumbled upon that teaches other photographers how to make money online.
5. On-line project based work
If you can write, edit, design, program, transcribe, research, and any other work that can be done online, you can find thousands of opportunities on the Net. Check out websites like elance.com (now called Upwork.com) just to get an idea on online projects. For this particular website ‘clients’ post a job that they want completed and you can bid on the job. If you win, you fulfill the requirements and then get paid.
Finally, as mentioned at the top of this article, I have an updated version of this article. The update accounts for three years of making money while I sail rather than just my first year. I know far more now than I knew when I wrote this.
How to Ditch Your Corporate Job and Make Money While Sailing the World
One of the top questions people get when they quit their jobs to travel the world by sailboat is this: how on earth do you afford it?
Melody DiCroce, sailing live-aboard since 2012
I’ve been following Melody’s journey for awhile now, as her blog, Saving to Sail, goes into ways to make money while cruising. She’s been living aboard since 2012, when she and her husband sold their house and their stuff and moved onto the boat to pursue his life-long dream of cruising. At first, Melody was apprehensive about living on a boat, but now, she can’t get enough of it.
How she makes money
Melody lived aboard while working at a full-time job for the first several years, working for Ramit Sethi, an entrepreneur and NY Times bestselling author.
“I learned a lot from him about money management from his book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich. I made a nice salary and put back as much as I could from my paychecks.”
When they finally cast off this January to sail full-time, she put a lot of irons in the fire. Her biggest source of income is from freelance work, doing writing, web design and copy editing. But she also makes money elsewhere.
Her advice to other sailors
She said if you want to quit your job, you should make sure to have two to three different ways of making money in case one disappears.
And if you’re opening an online business:
“Always tell the truth. No matter what. Run your business with integrity, because that’s when you get the customers who will bend over backwards to buy from you. Trust is a huge thing, especially online these days, so I’m extremely grateful that my audience trusts me. I’d rather have their trust than their dollar. If they trust you, the dollars will come organically.”
Elin Rose, sailing in the Azores Islands
Elin Rose is a 27-year-old Icelandic woman who caught the sailing bug in 2010, when she moved to Lisbon, Portugal to work at her first interior design job. She learned to sail on a river that runs through Lisbon, and fell in love with the sea.
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She struggled at first, starting several businesses, none of which worked out. But, she managed to get onboard a sailboat and sailed for three months in the Azores and Madiera islands.
“I realized I had to find a way to work online and continue sailing. I made many friends and met a lot of sailors, yachtswomen and men that inspired me to join their tribe!”
How she makes money now
Elin has now found several ways to make money while also pursuing her dream of sailing.
“I started out on Amazon by finding products to sell and label them under my brand. There were a few ups and downs, but eventually I cracked the code and the business grew month by month,” she said. “It quickly expanded into Ebay, and other sales channels and before I knew it I was a full-time internet marketer with a huge email list of customers all over Europe!”
Her advice to other sailors
Elin said she had zero online business experience when she started out pursuing her dream, and she learned by reading books and listening to interviews.
So don’t forget these great tips on how to make money while sailing. 1) You can work for 6 months and sail for 6 months; 2) you can find work from home; and 3) have online project based work.
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