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6 Good Reasons Why You Might Want To Start An RV-Based Business

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

Everywhere you look, free-spirited entrepreneurs are taking their mobile businesses on the road in RVs of every style.

From vintage Shasta trailers to retrofitted Class C motor homes, location independent mom and pop businesses are rolling up to a corner near you.

Some RV businesses are simply home offices on wheels, while others are portable retail locations that sell commercial products and services.

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If you’re thinking of starting your own mobile venture, here are six good reasons why you should start an RV-based business.

1.) RV-Based Businesses Are Hip

Showcasing your product or service in a tricked-out RV will likely draw large crowds. For one, many people haven’t seen something like this before, and will be interested in your business out of sheer curiosity.

Tattoo Tony's mobile tattoo parlor
Tattoo Tony’s

This RV-based business trend began several years ago with the mobile cupcake factory craze.

Today, the trend has expanded to include everything from an ultra-swank cigar bar to a mobile tattoo parlor.

2.) RV-Based Businesses Let You Work From Anywhere

Many RVers with mobile businesses travel along a fair circuit to promote everything from high-end jewelry to fake hair extensions.

Some fairs, including those in the winter snowbird mecca of Quartzsite, will allow entrepreneurs to park their rig right on the fair grounds, plug into hookups and sell directly outside their RV.

But even if you don’t sell a product or service directly to the public, running your online or digital business from a home office inside an RV is a great way to see the country while making money on the road.

With a laptop and a solid Internet connection, you can travel by RV and work from anywhere.

3.) RV-Based Businesses Offer a Change of Scenery

Your dreary work commute can be a thing of the past if you take your trade on the road.

When you put your business inside a rolling office, you can see as much or as little of the country as you want (or can afford).

From luxury RV parks to remote campgrounds in national forests, if your rig is outfitted with a mobile office and the tools of your trade, there’s no end to the places you can visit while making a living on the road.

4.) RV-Based Businesses Have Low Start-Up Costs

Converting an existing motorhome into a mobile office space can be a cheap, practical way to launch your entrepreneurial dreams.

Sugar Belle Cupcake Truck
Sugar Belle

If you compare the costs of a trailer or motor home restoration to the price of getting retail or office space, you’ll find that building a business in an RV is much cheaper.

Later, as your mobile office or retail space needs upgrades and maintenance, you’ll see that RV repairs are far less costly to complete than comparable jobs for a sticks and bricks workspace.

5.) RV-Based Businesses Come in Many Different Flavors

RVs make great locations for just about any type of business, especially if you are handy enough to retrofit your rig yourself.

If you’ve got some DIY gumption, check out these RV home offices for a little inspiration. Other small business owners may need to hire a contractor to renovate a rig with more specialized needs, like with this vintage Airstream beauty salon.

Wondering what kind of RV-based business you can start?

The most affordable and low-maintenance businesses to start in an RV include services and products like:

  • Accounting and Tax Preparation
  • Advertising Sales
  • Antiques/Collectibles Dealer
  • Auto Detailing and RV Cleaning
  • Business or Life Coach
  • E-Course Class Instructor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Training and Technical Support
  • Independent Sales Representative
  • Interpreter
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Mobile Auto/RV Repair
  • On Site Massage Therapist
  • Personal Chef or Catering

For more RV-based business ideas, search the Internet for work-from-home jobs using terms like “jobs where you can work from anywhere” and “careers that allow you to work from anywhere.”

6.) RV-based Businesses Offer Cheap Advertising and Great Public Relations

Doing business from a variety of locations enables you to get your message in front a larger audience than if you were anchored to a fixed space.

This mobility is especially helpful for small businesses with a limited geographic target market, like this recycled jeans company in Tennessee.

One way to be seen is by wrapping your RV with custom graphics that showcase your business.

More people will get to know your brand each time you change locations.


I hope these six reasons have at least inspired you to consider starting a mobile business. If you’re planning on living full-time in your RV, working from your rig can help offset the costs that come with a mobile lifestyle.

Each year more businesses turn to the Internet, looking for freelancers to get the help they need.

Will you be the one they contact?

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