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Business Ideas For Boat Dwellers

Okay, so maybe you aren’t a mobile CEO (yet). Maybe you’re still looking for a way to earn a living from your boat. If that’s the case for you, then don’t fret. There are tons of ways that you can earn a living from your vessel, so here are a few ideas for you.

Host Dolphin and Whale Watching tours

Love cruising in your boat and seeking out beautiful wildlife? Tourists would love to see it too, and you can make some money by taking them out on your vessel with you!

How you go about becoming a legal tour guide will, of course, vary depending on your location, but it’s not a super difficult pursuit. You can even offer food and drinks and make it a real party if you want.

PS. Sites like HOBA make it easier to find and book clients.

Offer Sailing Lessons

Sailing is hard work, and it takes effort to master it. If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge, then you can make money by offering sailing lessons.

You might be surprised how many people will take you up on it. Sailing lessons are a great way for people who are curious about sailboat living to get hands-on experience and figure out if this life is for them.

Fishing Charters

People love going to exotic destinations for fishing trips. If you’ve established a home-base for yourself, then with a little effort, you can get yourself set up as a charter boat.

If you need help getting started, then this article offers a little insight into what’s required and how to accomplish it. Keep in mind that you’ll have to figure out the legalities of it for whatever port you work out of, as rules will be different everywhere.

Start Blogging About Your Adventures

Okay, so this one is not really a steady job. However, if you’re ready to work at it, then blogging can be lucrative. After you’ve built an audience you can sell them products, recommend products from other companies to earn a commission, or even get sponsors.

In order to be a successful blogger or Vlogger, your information needs to not only be helpful, but you also need to be entertaining. This is more difficult than it sounds, and it’s not for everyone.

Start an ecommerce business

This is the one I think is the best and the most viable for sailboat living. It’s easier to manage everything, and it doesn’t require you to be stuck in one place to build your business like many other options on the list.

If you’re good at identifying business trends, then Amazon FBA provides stellar remote work opportunities for smart marketers. However, you can easily warehouse and sell other goods if you’re got the marketing chops.

Become a boating writer

Do you know a thing or two about sailboat living, repair, or operation? People want to know what you know, and websites will pay you for this valuable content.

The best part is, there are no qualifications. As long as you can deliver quality content, websites will want to publish your work. Spend some time making a list of industry boating blogs and start pitching your stories.

Offer Diving Tours

Are you scuba certified? If so, you can make a pretty penny hosting dive tours on your boat. This is similar to the fishing charter idea in that it’ll take some real leg-work to get off the ground, but it’s a dream come true for many people.

Become a photographer

Are you an amateur photographer? Maybe you should think about selling your photographs from your travels. Magazines, websites, and businesses all need good photographs, and you can provide them.

Pitching your photographs to major outlets, like National Geographic, would obviously be the most lucrative, but you can also sell your photos on small sites where webmasters go to license photos.