Tips for working remotely while you travel in an RV
Find or create a remote job
The first step might be a little bit obvious, but you’re going to want to create a business, take a job, or pitch to your current employer to allow you to work remotely. There has never been a better time to work remotely than now. Technology is incredible and will enable you to connect with anybody at any time all across the world.
Get the job done first
It’s going to be extremely tempting for you to start exploring and doing your outside fun stuff before you get your work done. I highly recommend you get up early; many entrepreneurs like myself will join the 5 AM club. Because let’s be honest, most people don’t work very efficiently. They have a lot of distractions, and they don’t work too hard but if you can work hard stay focused and eliminate distractions by getting up early and getting right to it; by noon you’ll usually have more actual work done than most people will in a full day of work. That means the rest of the day, and you can go out and explore. If you start to do your fun stuff first or sleep in, it’s going to be tough to sit down and focus on your work.
Bring your Wi-Fi
Campground Wi-Fi is not to be trusted. Typically it’s a super weak signal if you get signal at all. And if you do get signal, it usually takes one or two people to start streaming at the campground, and all of a sudden, you don’t have any WIFI anymore. Most major cell phone providers will have WIFI jet packs, and often you can tether from your cell phone. We use AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon because not all carriers will cover everywhere. When one doesn’t include a location, we will use another, and out of the three, we have not run into issues with having WIFI to work.
Use a booster
Cell and WIFI boosters like the Weboost are excellent ways to raise the bar (literally) on your service. If you’re in an area with weak service that’s slowing you down, it can raise it from 1 bar to 3 bars, giving you the connection, you need to get things done.
Coffee shops and restaurants are your friends
Are you in an area that is WIFI challenged, where you don’t get good cell phone service? Go to the local coffee shop, a local restaurant, or even McDonald’s, where the WIFI is usually reliable. You’ll find WIFI service is pretty much everywhere now, and they typically have a reliable signal.
Have a designated workspace but be flexible
I have a designated workspace up in the bedroom of my RV, but you might not always want to work in the same place all of the time. It’s fun to mix things up once in a while. I have a portable desk where I can put the laptop on top of it, creating a mobile office. I can work from the kitchen, the picnic table outside, under the awning, or even go down to the dock and work with boats passing by.
When we started RVing, we traveled and moved often. This meant a lot of packing up the RV, travel time, unpacking and setting up, and exploring new areas that we were anxious to explore. With all of that going on, it’s going to cut into your productivity. What we found is it’s more conducive to getting work done to stay from 1 to 2 months in an area and then pack up and move to another area and then the next area.