Why We Work from our RV
The demographic of RVers is rapidly changing. It use to be that RVers were either weekend campers in the summer or retirees hitting the road full time or seasonally. Now there’s a big movement of a younger generation who doesn’t want to wait till they’re older to be able to see the beauty of this country. They’re hitting the road and bringing their work with them!
Imagine waking up, having coffee on the deck overlooking one of the most scenic vistas you’ve ever seen. You check the clock and realize you should probably head to the office… So you get up, walk 5 feet and get to work on the laptop with the same beautiful view that took your breathe away moments earlier.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I went to school to be a gym teacher but never graduated because towards the end of my college career I realized that I wanted the freedom of time and money. That meant I needed to change my career path. So one day, I decided I would quit school, move to the Twin Cities and start a business. Like most entrepreneurs I struggled for a long time while putting in 70-110 hours per week. I was happy when after years of hard work a few things panned out and I was able to make a career in business. However even though I had some success, it wasn’t what I wanted in life. I grew tired of working insanely long hours and it affecting my home life tremendously. I found myself with no time for anything outside of work which led to a failed marriage and since my family was outside of California, I almost never saw them. I knew there had to be a better way, I just didn’t know how to get there…
The idea of working remotely, has been attractive to me for many years. Like many, I found myself brainstorming of ways to make it happen after reading the 4 Hour Workweek. At the time I was the GM of a large Pool Cleaning company in Orange County California. The owner wasn’t involved in the business and I had ultimate freedom to grow it how I saw fit. Because all the other employees were on routes I was able to work from home. This is when I decided to take things to another level. I figured, if I was able to work from home, I could conceivably work from anywhere! So I set a goal that I would work from every single beach in Orange County and be MORE productive than if I was at home!!
It meant that I had to be planned and prepared for work, food, etc. I would pre-load my work the night before so that I would be able to work without internet. The first day I headed out to Newport Beach, it was a success! I couldn’t believe how energized I felt to sit at the beach with my laptop and watch the surfers hitting the waves. I’m happy to say that I achieved my goal and continued to work from the most scenic beaches and coves in Southern California. Instead of taking a break and going to a breakroom, I would jump in the ocean or photograph dolphins. It was a dream come true.
I ended up getting recruited to be the Managing Director of an online company and found myself back in an office working long hours. When Danielle and I decided we were going to RV across the country my dream of working remotely seemed alive again. Six months into our travels we built a Social Media Company for RV Dealerships and Campgrounds. It’s allowed us to continue our travels and work remotely from the RV. Reflecting on this lifestyle and career choice, there’s a few reasons why we love it so much.
A Scenic Office
We spend so much of our lives working, we might as well enjoy it. Remote working RVers are able to work in some of the most scenic areas in the country. When we were in our Class C RV we enjoyed a great view of out of window of the RV like this time we spent a week Boondocking at the Coyote Buttes.
Sometimes we’d keep the door open and enjoy incredible views like this view near Panama City Beach.
Now that we have our Road Warrior, we converted the Toy Hauler into my office. Now we can head to a scenic location, drop the deck down instantly have the best office view available!
Flexibility for Greater Quality of Life
This isn’t available to all remote workers. Many still have set working hours from their employer. For us we have the ultimate flexibility with our schedule. This was one of my missing links when I worked in Corporate America. Even though I still work very long hours, I LOVE what I do and because I create my schedule based on life enjoyment, I enjoy working 12-14 hour days. Most importantly I’ve been able to put my family first and still thrive at work. I get up early and put in a few hours of focused work before Danielle gets up. We can have breakfast, lunch and supper together. If we have an event or will be traveling we can work ahead of schedule to free up time off. If we want to take a break in the day to go hiking, biking, or any other adventure we just do it. This picture is a perfect example of the polarity from my life before RVing. I never had time for my family working the corporate life, I snapped this picture while I was working at my desk of Danielle and Nevaeh enjoying their day by having manicures on the deck! So precious!
Save Time and Money
Did you know the average Worker in America drives almost one hour to and from work each day? My commute is about 20 steps. That extra hour allows me to be more productive with my life. We’re able to save on commuter fuel and wear and tear costs and put that towards our next trip. Another huge benefit is that our kitchen is accessible to us all day long. One of the challenges I had when I use to work in a traditional office is that I would work such long hours and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home is to prepare healthy meals for the next day at work. I would either have frozen meals that I’d heat up in the microwave or run and grab fast food. Not a healthy way to live. Now we have healthy options at our fingertips whenever we want.
How We Stay Connected
We’re able to travel anywhere we want as long as we have cell phone service. We have AT&T for our cell phones and a Verizon Jetpack for our internet. We have a Wilson signal booster which works really well but we’ve only had to use it a few times. Verizon has had excellent coverage. When we have big uploads for our clients we usually head to a restaurant that has good wifi. We’ve found that it’s been pretty rare to find RV Parks with good wifi but when we do it’s been a big plus. With more and more remote workers hitting the open road this is becoming a big selling point for RV Parks.
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