If you want to acquire more freedom, one of the best investments you can make is purchasing an RV. This might not ever have occurred to you, but it is cheaper than a cottage and also offers the opportunity to travel to different locations.
Plus, with technology, even if you are not yet retired, you can enjoy visiting beautiful areas across Alberta, while still being able to work. You can work remotely while travelling in your RV in Alberta. Here are some tips to help you make this happen.
Upgrade Your Internet and Cell Service
Today this is a must if you want to work remotely without interruption. More and more campgrounds are adding wi-fi service to their amenities, but you still might encounter issues based on bandwidth and how many people are trying to access the service. To be prepared to meet every eventuality, invest in the best internet and cell service you can afford so you have access when you need it. Otherwise, you’ll have to find campgrounds that are close to a mobile hotspot – which can be a challenge.
Set Up Business Hours
Your plans can backfire if you don’t agree to business hours with your employer or clients. The purpose of working remotely from your RV is to improve your quality of life. So if you don’t set ground rules you might find you are working all hours of the day and night.
Let your employer, clients and co-workers know when you will be available and stick to your hours to make sure people know you are serious. Switch off your laptop and phone so you can make the most of your beautiful setting. To make sure your employer doesn’t feel your setup is not convenient for them, be certain to be available for emergencies so you remain a valued team member.
Schedule Some Meetings
You don’t want people to forget what you look like so set up regular meetings to remain more engaged with your team. Working remotely easily becomes isolating which in some cases can lead to feelings of depression. Plus, from a career standpoint, it can leave you out of the running should advancement opportunities arise. By keeping in contact with your team, you continue to remain visually “there” so you aren’t forgotten and also don’t lose touch with the camaraderie you might miss when working remotely.
Choose a Work Area
Make it easier on yourself by choosing the best spot in your RV to work every day. Working remotely can become tedious and unproductive if you don’t have a designated workstation. You don’t necessarily need a desk but have somewhere for example, at the dining table, which will help keep you comfortable and focused. While you might sit outside on perfect days, you could interfere with your productivity because of all the distractions.
You also have to think ergonomically to avoid issues such as back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome! It might take some investment to find comfortable seating or some form of a customized fold-down desk, but it is worth it in the long run as it will ensure you remain successful in your new set-up.
Have the Right Tools
Working remotely requires more than just dependable wi-fi. You need whatever you would typically use at work. While a scanner or printer might not make sense for everyone, if it is needed in your case you’ll have to invest in the right equipment.
Don’t forget about special software that might make your job easier as well as a simple, secure way to share documents. If you do plan to have regular meetings, be sure you have a camera, good sized screen and noise-cancelling headphones with a microphone, so you don’t experience interference from outside noise.
Get an RV Insurance Quote
Before you head out on the road, get an RV insurance quote designed to cover your specific needs. You will have a lot more expensive equipment on board, so you’ll want to be certain you have the best coverage for all possible perils and events. If you already have RV insurance, be sure to inform your provider of your plans so they can recommend any additions you should have in your policy.
On top of this, you should make a record of all your equipment, so you have proof of the cost and that you had them stored in your RV. Further liability insurance might also be necessary, so ask about this when getting your RV insurance quote.
Benefits of working remotely
Your RV is a major investment so why not get as much use out of it as possible? Working remotely from your RV offers many benefits including:
- Increased freedom: You can work from anywhere in Alberta and beyond when you have a remote office in your RV. You can enjoy the relaxation of some of the most beautiful spots in the world, without worrying about your wanderlust interfering with your career.
- Affordability: If you’re very serious about your commitment, you can sell or rent your home and spend a year or two living in your RV. It is an affordable lifestyle that can allow you to save money for your future. Just make sure you do the math to consider new expenses such as gas, campsite fees and RV maintenance.
- Closer to nature: They say that being closer to nature keeps you calm and adds to your happiness. Your RV can bring you closer to nature, so the quality of your downtime is greatly improved. The views from your RV will also help keep you calmer if you are having a particularly stressful day at work!
- No more commute: This is kind of ironic since the nature of living in an RV includes more road time. However, once settled, you don’t have to face that morning commute and instead, can roll out of bed and get to work.
- Potential advertising opportunity: If you own your own business, you can actually customize your RV with your logo and contact info to get some new clients while you’re on the road!
If all of this sounds good, why not try it in small increments? Start with a week, and if it seems to be working, you can continue to extend your road experience.
To learn more about how to work remotely in your RV in Alberta, call Bow Valley Insurance at (403) 297-9400 or contact us here.
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