Working From Home, On The Road

Working From Home, On The Road

Thanks to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people find themselves working remotely for the first time. Or, perhaps you lost your job and you’ve decided to start putting your skills to use as a freelancer.

There are many benefits to working from home/remotely. It allows for more flexibility, a better work-life balance, and some studies have shown that remote workers actually tend to be more productive.

But, there is no law that states remote working means working within your home. The beauty of technology is that your remote job can literally take you anywhere, from the local coffee shop to a completely different state.

So, use this opportunity to do some traveling while you work, and turn your RV into your “home office” no matter where you go. Not sure how to get started? Let’s cover a few helpful tips.

Set Up the Right Workspace

One of the challenges people sometimes face when working from home is separating their home life from their work life. The best way to do that is to have a designated space strictly for working.

That might be harder to do in an RV when space is limited. But, it’s still a good idea to set up a productive space for yourself, at least during “working hours” and let your fellow passengers know that during those hours, you have to be at work.

Try to set up your space with minimal distractions, and utilize your RV’s storage space for things like files, equipment, etc.

Schedule Working Hours

Speaking of “working hours,” it can sometimes be tempting to wake up late, start working at noon, or stay up late at night getting something done for your job. That isn’t sustainable, and it can damage your work-life balance.

Set working hours for yourself during the day, the same as you would if you had an in-person job.

One easy way to do this is to develop a routine and a schedule for yourself. Try getting up at the same time each day, going through your morning routine, and getting to work.

Make Sure You Have Internet Access

While it’s difficult to find many places without decent WiFi these days, it is possible. That can be nice if you’re trying to go off the grid for a weekend. But, if you have to work, it can be disastrous.

So, do your research ahead of time depending on where you’re going. If you’re planning on staying at a campground, find out whether they have Internet access that you’ll be able to use. It also could be time to invest in a mobile hotspot if you find that you’re consistently getting spotty service. You can even invest in different cell service providers that have stronger signals in certain areas of the country to make absolutely sure you always have service.

Working from home on the road isn’t impossible, and it’s a great way to see the country and live a more minimalist lifestyle while still making a living. There has never been a better time to hit the road. So, if you’re working remotely, why not try setting up your office within your RV?

Aug 17th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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