Technology is a blessing and a curse for modern RVers.
We have the tools we need to stay connected wherever our RV takes us, but the ability for many of us to take work along for the ride can interfere with the reasons why we travel in the first place.
To create a more harmonious work-life balance, here are some tips for working from a RV while still being able to enjoy the freedom that a home on wheels provides.
Working from a RV Tip #1: Design a Work-Friendly Itinerary
It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-timer or a weekend-warrior, if you take your job with you, having a route that accommodates your business needs will help you achieve work objectives.
When work gets crazy, create an itinerary that takes you within easy proximity to business amenities such as overnight shipping stations, copy facilities, and free WiFi.
If you market your services to the public, try creating a travel plan that gives you maximum exposure and sales opportunities at fairs, expos and other consumer events that are on the way to your favorite destinations.
Working from a RV Tip #2: You’re Not on Vacation
Work is work whether you’re in a cubicle or in the Great Smoky Mountains, and it has to get done if you want to pay for your RVing lifestyle.
To achieve your goals, commit to a work schedule with designated daily hours and specific daily tasks to accomplish.
Then you can enjoy guilt-free recreation time when you’re compelled to go play.
Working from a RV Tip #3: Ensure Internet Access and Redundancy
Having reliable Internet access is critical for earning a living while RVing.
Smart RVers utilize free public WiFi as a backup plan but invest in reliable Internet access of their own.
Many working RVers pay upwards $50 a month for wireless broadband through providers such as Verizon and Millenicom, while others whose businesses’ rely heavily on Internet connectivity will invest thousands of dollars in a mobile satellite system for RVs.
Working from a RV Tip #4: Create a Work Space
Working from a RV usually isnt the purpose the engineers who designed it had in mind – after all, they’re called recreational vehicles!
But you can still make work-friendly modifications to your own rig.
Some RVers go as far as tearing out dinettes and replacing them with work stations, while others simply add a computer desk in the bedroom area.
If you expect to make money on the road, create a designated work space and storage area to help you stay focused on income generation. There are many great RV office examples here on DoItYourselfRV.com.
Working from a RV Tip #5: Market Yourself
Owners of Business-to-consumer businesses have an incredible ability to market themselves while traveling down the Interstate to the eyes that you attract at RV parks, just by installing eye-catching lettering and graphics on the RV.
A graphic designer can create professional, easy-to-read signs that explain what you do.
The signs should be tasteful however, since some RV parks prohibit blatant advertising on RVs.
Whether you’re self-employed or a remote employee for a bricks and mortar company, this is an exciting time to blend work and pleasure from the comfort of our RVs.
The more you travel and earn a living on the road, the more you’ll discover strategies that work for your own business needs.
Working from a RV is rapidly becoming one of the best ways travel while keeping the bills paid!