The Don’ts of Remote Working from Your RV
With remote work opportunities on the rise, remote working from your RV is more possible now than it ever has been before!
RVers face unique challenges compared to individuals who work from home.
Today we’re sharing 5 “Don’ts” for remote working from your RV for success as a traveling RVing worker.
Let’s dive in.
Don’t Skimp on Internet
When you rely on a solid internet connection for your livelihood, you absolutely cannot skimp on internet! You need to have a solid plan for staying connection, and a backup plan. And, if all else fails, it’s in your best interest to have a plan C – like a nearby library or coffee shop with free wifi to work at for the day.
One way to ensure you will always have a reliable internet connection is by having multiple cell phone plans on different carriers.
Many remote working RVers do this by either having multiple cell phone lines or hotspots on carriers like Verizon and AT&T. This will increase your connectivity and coverage options when you are using your cell phone data for the internet.
There are cell signal boosters and wifi signal boosters you can purchase for your RV.
WeBoost is a signal booster that works by taking a weak cell phone data signal and amplifying it inside your RV. WiFi Ranger is a wifi booster that takes a weak campground wifi signal and boosts it inside your RV.
Both of these devices will only work if there is an existing signal, so be sure to plan your travel around your connectivity needs.
Don’t Work From Bed
One of the challenges faced by remote workers is maintaining productivity levels. This can be especially hard for RVers who have distractions like new and beautiful places every day. And, in a space as small as an RV, it can be tempting to work from the most comfortable spot… your bed!
Working from bed can lower your productivity levels and lead to physical issues related to extended periods of poor posture.
Maximize your productivity when working in your RV by creating a dedicated workspace in your RV. Whether you do this at the dinette, from the passenger seat, or if you build a custom workspace – make sure it works for you. It should be a place that gives you an ergonomically correct working position and makes you feel productive.
Don’t Travel on Workdays
Never travel on a workday if you can avoid it! The truth is: something can always go wrong on an RV travel day. You don’t want to add the stress of work and deadlines to the mix of ensuring you and your home get to your next destination safely!
Whether you have a meeting or deadlines to meet – traveling on a workday is just not recommended.
RV travel days take up a lot of brainpower and require a lot of focus. Adding work to that mix just isn’t worth it. If you can, always plan your travels and campground reservations for your days off.
Don’t Reserve an RV Park Without Verifying Internet Access
As a remote working RVer, your top priority should be internet access.
Always plan your travels around connectivity and internet access. Even if an RV park says they have WiFi, don’t rely on it. Always have a backup plan, and always call to verify.
Many RV parks WiFi just isn’t up to par with the data needs of remote workers and everyone else in the park watching Netflix or playing video games. Always call and ask about the WiFi strength in the park, and even if they say it’s good, be prepared for it to not work for you.
Check reviews from other RVers about cell signal at campsites using Campendium. Campendium reviews include cell signal data for all major carriers at campgrounds and boondocking sites around the country.
When in doubt, read reviews. Many other RVers are relying on internet and cell signal in their travels and include this information in their reviews on Campendium and other RV travel forums and websites.
Remember: always have a plan B, and it doesn’t hurt to have a plan C!
Don’t Be Ashamed to Tell Clients or Coworkers You Travel Full-Time in an RV
While it may not be a good idea to mention in a remote job interview, the fact that you travel full-time in your RV isn’t something you need to hide from clients and coworkers – especially once you’ve established great work ethic and productivity.
In most cases, clients and coworkers will think it’s awesome!
And, letting your clients and coworkers in on your lifestyle may help them to be more understanding when you inevitably deal with poor connection issues or RV-related delays.
You Can Also Work Remotely from Free Campsites
To be honest with you, we hate paying for camping. There are so many free campsites in America (with complete privacy). You should give it a try! As a matter of fact, these free campsites are yours.
Every time you pay federal taxes, you’re contributing to these lands.
Here’s our list of the 20 Best Free Campsites in the USA.
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