Many of us have been working remotely for nearly a year now. Some of us are in a spare bedroom or on the dining room table. Others have moved outside the home to garages and she-sheds. We’ve all adapted in our own way to this new work ethic and it may now be time to make yet another change in your work environment .
We’re talking REMOTE, remote working…
With the opportunities for non-traditional officing on the rise, working from your remote why you’re traveling is now possible! But, there are some unique challenges you’ll face compared to those who are hiding out eight-to-five in their basements.
The #1 thing you need to know if you decide to hit the road and work is that you absolutely CAN NOT skimp on Internet. And, you need a back up plan when staying connected isn’t possible. PLUS, as Drivin’&Vibin’ points out, “You also need a plan C – like a nearby library or coffee shop with free WiFi to work at for the day.”
One way to help ensure you’ll have connectivity is to have multiple cell phones, carrier plans and/or hotspots. You can also purchase cellular signal boosters for your RV. But these devises only work if there is an existing cellular signal, so plan your locations accordingly.
To maintain your productivity, you’ll need even more of that “work ethic” than you needed from home. You’ll having a lot of new and beautiful distractions as you travel about, and it’s tempting to put things off. Create a dedicated workspace and commit to your allotted and necessary work hours.
Another piece of advise Kyle and Olivia Brady offer is that you should never travel (ie be on the road moving) on workdays or during times you have deadlines, conference calls, etc. Murphy’s Law of “if it can go wrong, it will” seems inevitable and no one needs that added stress when you’re moving from one location to the next. Plan to travel on your days off.
Don’t rely on advertising. VERIFY that the RV park you’re going to has reliable WiFi access that can accommodate your needs. Remember, there could be lots of people at that same RV park facility watching Netflix, playing video games, surfing the internet. Check and double check before you pull in. Reviews from sites like Compendium offer information on cell signal data from campgrounds and boon-docking sites from all around the country. You can also read reviews from the sites you intend to visit. (Didn’t we talk about plan B…and C before?!)
The last piece of advise – let your clients and coworkers know you are on the move. That way when something is a little off, they might understand and cut you some slack. They will probably also be envious of your ability to “have it all.”