Sep 15, 2021 |
You roll out of bed on a Monday morning. You brew a fresh cup of coffee, grab your laptop, and sit at the picturesque mountainside campground while answering the latest round of work emails.
If this sounds like the lifestyle you've been dreaming of, you’re not alone. Many professionals are turning to a new work-from-home (WFH) lifestyle that allows them to travel full time while still enjoying the cash flow of a full-time job.
But how exactly does a WFH lifestyle meld with van life? How do you get your work done in a campervan from anywhere?
Today, we’ll take a look at a few key tips that will help you embrace the benefits of working from home when your home is a campervan.
#1: Acquire a Remote Job
Before you can hop into your adventure van and hit the open road, you’ll need to make sure that the job you have is remote work-friendly. You can either transition your existing gig into a remote job, or you can look for a job that is specifically designed for remote work.
The good news is that the pandemic helped make remote work a more accepted mode of operation. Many large companies were forced to allow employees to work remotely during lockdowns and a large number of these businesses have decided to continue to operate with a remote workforce.
Whether you embark on a new career, or you stick with your existing job, make sure that you can leave your in-office work style behind.
#2: Set Up the Right Technology
Working from home is usually a simple process. A laptop or desktop is brought home and you’re ready to go.
However, working from home when your home is a campervan requires a little more forethought. You’ll need to make sure that you not only have the required supplies for your job on hand, such as a laptop or dedicated work phone, but you’ll also need to ensure that you will be able to access the internet wherever you go.
There are numerous ways to stay connected on the road, including setting up a dedicated internet plan through services such as Skyroam or by hot-spotting through your cell phone. Additionally, many campgrounds and RV parks offer WiFi services, making this a good pick if you plan to spend a period of time in one location.
#3: Create a Dedicated Work Space
Having a dedicated area to get your work done can go a long way in keeping you on track and ensuring that you meet deadlines and scheduling requirements.
This becomes especially true if your work involves taking meetings, making calls, or providing customer support. You will want a desk, a comfortable seat, and a quiet area where you can concentrate without distraction.
The good news is that many campervans are equipped with a seating area with a table, which can act as your traveling office.
#4: Test Things Out Before You Hit the Road
With a workspace ready and the right technology in place, it is time to test out your setup. Rather than simply hitting the road and hoping everything works as planned, do a few trial runs. Test out a few full workdays from your driveway. Take your campervan to a nearby campground and give things a go.
This can help you quickly unearth any potential hiccups.
#5: Plan Your Route Strategically
After your test runs are successful, it’s time to take your work-from-home lifestyle on the road! The key to making your first few weeks a success is to plan your route strategically.
If you need to work a traditional nine-to-five schedule, you may want to plan to stay in a campground for five day periods, traveling over the weekends. This can help ensure that you have connectivity during important meetings and deadlines.
If you have a more flexible gig, you can move around more frequently, but you’ll want to pre-plan your route based on internet options. Save the extra remote locations where cell signals might be non-existent for periods of time where you don’t need connectivity.
#6: Prepare for a Few Bumps Along the Way
Working from home from a campervan can be a truly rewarding lifestyle. But, it is not without its moments of frustration or minor inconveniences. With the way of the road comes less predictability and the chance for your day to get interrupted.
Make sure to head into the WFH van lifestyle with the ability to not sweat the small stuff. There may be times that the perfect campground WiFi fails you, that your cell phone dies its final death at an inconvenient moment, or that you and your significant other are a little bit too much in each other’s space.
However, if you persevere, learn to laugh at the bumps, and embrace the unique lifestyle, you’ll soon be enjoying those beachside cups of coffee and the lack of a morning commute.
Kick Start Your WFH #VanLife with Antero Adventure Motors
Are you interested in taking your work on the road? If so, the Pikes Peak or Longs Peak adventure van by Antero Adventure Motor is a perfect choice. These rigs are complete with solar power for off-grid work and convertible office space where you can concentrate on your job. Find a dealer and kick start your WFH campervan lifestyle.