The #1 question we get is "How do you make money living in a van?"
It's such a big topic if you're thinking about going full time in van life, so we wanted to break it down on how we afford to travel full time and work remotely on the road.
There are 3 main ways that we make money:
One of the coolest things about the YouTube platform is that you can apply to be "monetized." Basically, that means that they will run ads from some of their advertising partners on your videos.
YouTube requires you to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours before you can apply to be monetized.
From YouTube's monetization, we make about $1,000 a month from our YouTube channel.
2. AMAZON AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Amazon has an affiliate program that you can earn about 5% on any products that are purchased through your affiliate link.
Since we get asked all the time "where did you get that sink?" or "what batteries did you use in your van?" Amazon is a great way for us to get a little kick back for recommending products that we used in our van build.
Most of the products listed on our Van Life page are affiliate links from Amazon.
You can find out more about Amazon's affiliate program here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/
We average about $800 a month from our Amazon affiliate account.
3. OUR OWN PROGRAMS
90% of our income comes from offering our own digital programs for sale. We have 2 main products:
Van Layout Guide - the Van Layout Guide is a detailed floorplan of our second van build. If you love the look and finish of our van, this guide will give you the specs and 3D renderings you need to build a van with the same layout.
Creator Academy - we like to call this our passion project. It's what we both believe we were put on this planet to do! Creator Academy is a step-by-step program to teach you the skills you need to create an income through social media. You can find out more in our free webclass here.