How​ ​one​ veteran found​ ​an​ ​unexpected​ ​entrepreneurial career​ with an RV

For​ ​21​ ​years,​ ​Eddie​ ​Macias​ ​served​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US​ ​Navy​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Master​ ​at​ ​Arms​ ​First​ ​Class​ ​Petty Officer.​ ​“I​ ​loved​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​wish​ ​I​ ​was​ ​still​ ​active​ ​duty,”​ ​he​ ​says​ ​about​ ​the​ ​two​ ​decades he​ ​spent​ ​as​ ​a​ ​military​ ​servicemember.

Upon​ ​retirement,​ ​he​ ​took​ ​on​ ​a​ ​new​ ​career​ ​in​ ​law​ ​enforcement.​ ​“Thankfully,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​an​ ​easy transition​ ​as​ ​it’s​ ​in​ ​my​ ​nature​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​others,”​ ​explains​ ​Macias.​ ​One​ ​minor​ ​hiccup​ ​with​ ​his​ ​new role​ ​was​ ​the​ ​location​ ​–​ ​as​ ​it​ ​was​ ​two​ ​hours​ ​from​ ​his​ ​home.​ ​He​ ​rented​ ​a​ ​hotel​ ​room​ ​nearby​ ​but found​ ​the​ ​arrangement​ ​to​ ​be​ ​less-than-ideal​ ​long-term.​ ​Eventually,​ ​he​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​invest​ ​in​ ​an RV​ ​–​ ​a​ ​house-on-wheels.

Little​ ​did​ ​he​ ​know,​ ​the​ ​purchase​ ​was​ ​one​ ​that​ ​would​ ​enrich​ ​his​ ​life.

While​ ​the​ ​RV​ ​worked​ ​well​ ​enough​ ​as​ ​a​ ​lodging​ ​solution,​ ​Macias​ ​knew​ ​his​ ​rig​ ​could​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​place​ ​to​ ​lay​ ​his​ ​head​ ​during​ ​the​ ​workweek.​ ​Living​ ​in​ ​a​ ​busy​ ​tourist​ ​area,​ ​he​ ​saw​ ​a huge​ ​demand​ ​for​ ​people​ ​itching​ ​to​ ​get​ ​outdoors.​ ​RVs,​ ​motorhomes,​ ​and​ ​camper​ ​vans​ ​were​ ​the perfect​ ​way​ ​to​ ​travel​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​it​ ​all.

This​ ​gave​ ​him​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​to​ ​rent​ ​out​ ​his​ ​​ ​RV​ ​while​ ​he​ ​wasn’t​ ​using​ ​it.​ ​He​ ​could​ ​offset​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​of ownership​ ​with​ ​the​ ​rental​ ​income​ ​and​ ​still​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​rig​ ​to​ ​himself​ ​when​ ​he​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​use​ ​it. “At​ ​first,​ ​renting​ ​to​ ​people​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​know​ ​worried​ ​me​ ​because​ ​of​ ​possible​ ​damage​ ​from​ ​fires​ ​and theft,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​“After​ ​a​ ​talk​ ​with​ ​someone​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Outdoorsy​ ​Owner​ ​Success​ ​team,​ ​my concerns​ ​lifted.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​their​ ​$1,000,000​ ​insurance​ ​coverage​ ​guarantee​ ​and​ ​dedicated​ ​support team​ ​in​ ​case​ ​something​ ​did​ ​happen​ ​that​ ​sold​ ​me.”

The​ ​conversation​ ​convinced​ ​him​ ​to​ ​list​ ​his​ ​RV​ ​with​ ​Outdoorsy,​ ​the​ ​#1​ ​trusted​ ​peer-to-peer marketplace​ ​connecting​ ​RV​ ​owners​ ​with​ ​people​ ​who​ ​want​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​RVing​ ​without ownership.​ ​Within​ ​the​ ​first​ ​day​ ​alone,​ ​Macias​ ​had​ ​booking​ ​requests​ ​for​ ​renting​ ​his​ ​Class​ ​C Sunseeker​ ​and​ ​was​ ​preparing​ ​the​ ​rig​ ​for​ ​his​ ​first​ ​guests.

Since​ ​starting​ ​his​ ​RV​ ​rental​ ​business​ ​a​ ​little​ ​over​ ​a​ ​year​ ​ago,​ ​Macias​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​revenue​ ​grow steadily.​ ​He​ ​now​ ​makes​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​for​ ​a​ ​hotel​ ​room​ ​while​ ​at​ ​work,​ ​all​ ​RV-related​ ​expenses, fun​ ​weekend​ ​getaways,​ ​and​ ​an​ ​expansive​ ​drone​ ​collection. He​ ​is​ ​even​ ​considering​ ​adding​ ​new​ ​trailers​ ​with​ ​his​ ​earnings.​ ​His​ ​only​ ​question,​ ​“I​ ​can’t​ ​decide between​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​Class​ ​A,​ ​or​ ​tiny​ ​teardrop​ ​trailer…​ ​there​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​big​ ​market​ ​for​ ​those.”

Macias​ ​believes​ ​his​ ​military​ ​background​ ​helped​ ​him​ ​succeed​ ​as​ ​an​ ​entrepreneur​ ​–​ ​from​ ​a deeply-ingrained​ ​desire​ ​for​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​customer​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​the​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​jump​ ​in​ ​and​ ​get his​ ​hands​ ​dirty​ ​on​ ​any​ ​given​ ​task.

“Service​ ​members​ ​and​ ​veterans​ ​are​ ​among​ ​our​ ​most​ ​successful​ ​pro​ ​operators​ ​making anywhere​ ​from​ ​$20,000​ ​to​ ​$100,000​ ​with​ ​just​ ​one​ ​or​ ​two​ ​vehicles,”​ ​says​ ​Jennifer​ ​Young, co-founder​ ​and​ ​CMO​ ​of​ ​Outdoorsy.​ ​“They​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​teams,​ ​work​ ​with​ ​systems,​ ​and have​ ​the​ ​dedication​ ​and​ ​perseverance​ ​to​ ​succeed​ ​—​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​what.​ ​Our​ ​platform​ ​provides​ ​the technology,​ ​marketing,​ ​and​ ​world-class​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​succeed.”

This​ ​year,​ ​Outdoorsy​ ​launched​ ​an​ ​incentive​ ​program​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​active-duty​ ​and​ ​veteran service​ ​members​ ​to​ ​become​ ​entrepreneurs.​ ​From​ ​Veterans​ ​Day​ ​2017​ ​to​ ​Veterans​ ​Day​ ​2018, Outdoorsy​ ​is​ ​waiving​ ​100%​ ​of​ ​its​ ​service​ ​fees​ ​for​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​first​ ​year​ ​when​ ​service​ ​members​ ​list their​ ​RV​ ​on​ ​the​ ​platform.​ ​On​ ​average,​ ​this​ ​will​ ​put​ ​$3,000​ ​or​ ​more​ ​back​ ​in​ ​their​ ​pockets,​ ​and​ ​out on​ ​the​ ​road.

Macias​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​dozens​ ​of​ ​veterans​ ​who’ve​ ​created​ ​successful​ ​entrepreneurial​ ​businesses​ ​on Outdoorsy. ​​Learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​Outdoorsy’s​ ​Active​ Duty​ ​and​ ​Veteran​ ​Military​ ​program​ ​now.

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