The prospect of living full-time in an RV is pretty enticing. So is working remotely. But is there any way to combine the two? Of course. With remote work opportunities becoming more common, working remotely from your RV is more possible now than in the past.
Can you work remotely from an RV?
As it turns out, working remotely from an RV isn’t a new concept. Although, it has grown in popularity in recent years. Outdoorsy reports that growth can be attributed to technology, which has made it possible for RVers to head to remote locations and still stay connected to their work. All in all, as long as you have a reliable internet connection, it’s pretty easy to work remotely from an RV.
How to find remote work while RVing
But how exactly are you supposed to find a remote job as a full-time RVer? Fortunately, there are a few ways to go about this. Depending on your current employment situation, you may be able to ask your employer if you can transition to working remotely. If that’s not possible, there are plenty of job boards out there. Using a site like Remote.co or even LinkedIn is a surefire way to find and apply for remote positions. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family about connections they might have to remote positions too.
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The do’s of working remotely from your RV
Once you’ve found yourself a remote job, what comes next? Campanda suggests setting up a dedicated office area in your RV. For many RV owners, that means converting their dining area into a makeshift office. Campanda reports that some owners convert closets or second bathrooms into remote offices too.
Having a reliable internet connection is just as important as setting up a designated workspace. According to Drivin’ & Vibin’, many RVers have multiple cell phone lines or hotspots on different service providers, including Verizon and AT&T. Drivin & Vibin’ reports that this will not only increase your internet connectivity but will also give you multiple coverage options, should you need them. You might also want to invest in cell signal boosters and WiFi signal boosters if you’re going to be working remotely from your RV.
You’re going to want to develop some serious time management skills if you plan on working remotely from your RV too. Togo RV reports that having time management skills is incredibly important to remote work and will also help you maintain an appropriate work-life balance. Try setting a schedule and following it on a daily basis. Eliminating distractions can be especially helpful too.
The don’ts of working remotely from your RV
There are, of course, some dont’s to working from an RV. First things first, Outdoorsy recommends setting aside dedicated travel days. Working remotely and traveling can get pretty stressful, so try not to overload yourself with work and driving to your next destination all in the same day.
Don’t assume that all campgrounds have reliable internet either. According to Drivin’ & Vibin’, while many campgrounds do offer WiFi, it’s not always up to par for remote workers. After all, there are probably plenty of people at the campground lazing around watching Netflix or spending the evening playing video games.
If you see the RV lifestyle in your future, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Remember too that adjusting to the RV lifestyle can take some time. So can working remotely. But in the end? Working remotely from an RV is totally do-able.