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Tiny Living Resources
Tiny Life Gear
A weekly round-up of our favorite gear for tiny living, resources for building small and off-grid capable spaces, and advice for nomadic lifestyles.
Tiny Water Treatment
Learn more than you ever wanted to know about water treatment. Dan spent 13 years in the water treatment industry, and he's building a free online water treatment course for the Tiny Living community. See the strategy we use to treat all of our water regardless of the source, and follow the blog for deep dives into water treatment topics.
Airstream Renovation Resources
The most comprehensive resource for seeing what others have done and how they did it, and connecting with people who have been down the same road. Make an account and start a renovation thread. Post lots of pictures, and you'll get lots of free help.
Out of Doors Mart
Another helpful resource for vintage trailer parts.
The Greatleys' Parts Page
We documented all the major parts we used in our renovation, where we got them, why we chose them, and how it's working out.
I haven't been thrilled with the customer service experience from Airstream supply, but darn it if they don't have a lot of hard to find salvaged Airstream parts.
Vintage Trailer Supply
The most comprehensive resource for hard to find reproduction parts for your vintage trailer, and other hard to find parts you'll need. VTS is also very good about answering questions over the phone. If you need something you don't see on their site, give them a call and ask if they can help you find it.
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The Vintage Airstream Podcast
Required listening for Airstream geeks everywhere. If there's a renovation topic you want to learn about, you can bet there's an episode about it.
Recommended Tiny Living Blogs
Handy Bob, aka "Angry Bob" has some strong opinions about off-grid solar. I wouldn't take all his opinions as gospel, but he knows his stuff. The entire blog is worth the read if you're designing your own off-grid solar system.
AM Solar RV Solar Education
After reading Handy Bob's solar rants, get a different point of view on RV solar by reading through AM Solar's RV Solar Education.
Chris and Cheri have been digital nomads for over a decade, and are a fantastic resource for all things techie and nomadic. There's an incredible amount of useful information on their blog, so it's worth a look if you're planning on building tiny.
Tiny House Blog
A magazine style round-up of tiny house projects, tiny living ideas, and tiny life news. If you're looking to read up (or ... podcast up?) on tiny lifestyle, this is the go-to blog.
Gone With the Wynns
Jason and Nikki area always entertaining and informative. Starting out on in a big honkin' RV and moving to a catamaran sailboat, they've been nomads since 2011. They have great resources for off-grid living and working that are well worth checking out.
Remote Work Resources
If you currently have a "real" job, consider if you could do your work remotely. If not, consider if there are other jobs at the same company that you'd be qualified for, and also do remotely. If the company you work for likes you and wants to keep you around, they might be willing to work with you. It's worth the ask.
By far, the most difficult way to find remote work is too apply from scratch for a real job that offers full-time telecommuting. Since the candidate pool is so large and the hiring manager is generally totally inaccessible, this strategy is an uphill battle. The jobs are out there, but you will need need time, persistence, and a willingness to apply for jobs like it's your job.
Flexjobs is a paid service that pulls telecommuting jobs from other job boards and directly from companies' websites. RatRaceRebellion regularly lists companies hiring for telecommuting positions. Niche sites like WeWorkRemotely advertise relatively few jobs, but are good for browsing opportunities. You can also search for remote jobs on search engines like Indeed, though a lot of those job listings define "remote" to mean "field work" and not "location independent."
There are tons of businesses and entrepreneurs who are looking for people to help them with projects. It can be a huge help to have a qualified person swoop in and take care of that project that you need done, but you don't have time to do yourself. If you can write code or copy, provide administrative support or customer service, or provide any number of other services online, you can freelance.
Reach out to small business owners in your social network to see if they have any projects that you can help with. Sign up for UpWork and apply to gigs you're interested in.
Most work-camping opportunities provide a free place to stay in exchange for some work. Some offer pay as well.
If you don't need to be paid, just need somewhere to park, consider looking for house-sitting gigs on sites like MindMyHouse. We've met nomadic travelers who don't own their own shelter at all, they just bounce between house-sitting gigs.
Start Your Own Online Business
I know it sounds daunting, but if you have some time to invest in developing an online business, there's lots of ways to do it.
Affiliate sites can provide passive income in exchange for connecting people with the things they need or want to buy. The best affiliate sites are content-heavy and informative—they help people looking for a product figure out what to buy. What's an affiliate site look like? Well, you're reading one right now. We use affiliate links on this site to pay for our web hosting costs, and we're hoping our niche sites will one day grow into a significant income source.
Niche sites can be monetized in ways other than affiliate programs. You can monetize with Google AdSense ads, directly selling add space, selling ebooks or courses, or drop-shipping your own products. If you want to learn about niche sites, check out Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income, especially his podcast. There's a lot of free information there about niche sites and affiliate links.
Retail arbitrage is another popular online business for nomads. You find products to buy, and then sell them at a higher price. If you're in to thrifting or yard sales, you can set up an eBay or Etsy store and sell your inventory there. But warehousing lots of inventory is often not a workable option for tiny living and nomadic people.
To avoid warehousing inventory, you can set up an Amazon seller account and send your stuff to Amazon. They'll warehouse your items and fulfill all your orders for you (for a fee) so that you don't have to store anything.
Beware, if you're selling through an Amazon, Etsy, eBay, or other third party store, they can shut your store down for any reason or no reason. It's best to diversify methods so that if you lose one sales channel, you don't lose your entire income stream.
Drop-shipping is another strategy for setting up an online store without warehousing inventory. If you can market a product that someone else will make and ship for you, then you can generate income without ever touching the product.
Drop-shipping from Alibaba is a popular strategy, but there are other options. Look for a local business whose products you love but doesn't have a great online presence, and see if they'd be interested in expanding their sales with zero up-front investment. "I'll do all the work selling, you just need to pack and ship my orders."