The dream of RV living is open to a large number of new remote workers. Without any need for ties to a physical home, the freedom to work and travel is a very nice reality. Spending the prime months in an idyllic beach town like Rockport and the summer up north in the Rocky Mountains with plenty of side trips makes for a very nice lifestyle.
Planning Your Address
Living on the go still requires an address and this becomes especially important while working remotely. You need a place for the checks, tax statements and important documents to arrive. Luckily, this is fairly simple these days with services built specifically around travelers who require mail services. South Dakota is a popular state for address registry because it has no state income tax and low taxes overall. You can register your RV there as well. Services are setup to receive and forward mail as needed. Nevada and a few other states are also common for a home base. Do a little research and you can quickly determine the best option for mail and vehicle registry.
Types of Jobs
The range of remote, temporary and seasonal jobs is wide. While computer specific skills like web development, graphic design, writing, marketing and advertising are all common among remote workers, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Traditional in-house roles like accounting, sales and account management are now being done from home for many companies. Freelance and full time jobs only require a solid Wifi connection to connect workers. Even a cell phone hot spot can do the trick.
Moving beyond the digital specific jobs, on the road sales roles are not uncommon for household products, RV specific products and for a variety of services. If you travel within a specific region, a company may find you exceptionally valuable as you are willing to move frequently and forge relationships in different areas. Seasonal and temporary job opportunities also are abundant in many regions, especially when following the tourism seasons in different areas. Camp host positions, Amazon warehouse jobs and national park roles are all great opportunities for season workers wanting to earn extra cash without committing to a long term role.
If you are not already employed, finding remote work requires a special approach. The local classifieds rarely reveal these types of opportunities but many niche job boards are loaded with great jobs. FlexJobs is one of the biggest, covering a wide range of different positions with everything ranging from sales to graphic design. National parks and adventure type positions are frequently posted on sites like Coolworks.com and adventurejobboard.com as well. Other things to consider are caretaking specific job roles that can fill in the seasons. For example, you might spend 3-4 months at Coastal Breeze RV Resort in Texas and spend another several months caretaking a ranch in Arizona before driving to Idaho for the summer. Short term roles of this nature can really fill in some nice time between stops at great RV parks.
Managing Workflow and Space
Working on the road is often fabulous but it has a few drawbacks. Setting up a workflow and workspace is not always easy but the fresh perspective can lead to inspiration. Consistency is the key to really nailing down work while leaving plenty of spare time for recreation and exploration.
The first thing to figure out is a productive workspace. Public libraries, coffee shops and town parks can all serve as great work stops. In the RV, a kitchen table is sufficient but focusing may require privacy. Schedule your work when the RV is quiet and your partner or family is busy outside. Setting dedicated quiet times is important and others will respect this boundary when it’s placed on paper. Make it known and stick to a schedule to ensure your work time is respected.
Productivity is the other focal point in a remote setting. Depending on the job, setting a flexible schedule is not always possible. Freelancers and the self employed can however work some flexibility into the day in a way that maximizes productivity. For example, if you normally work an 8 hour day with few breaks but are only really productive for 5 of those hours, why not work a 5 hour day. Do this by working in 1-3 hour blocks with serious focus and take breaks for recreation, chores and exercise. You can do the hardest 3 hours of work in the morning, go fishing for a few hours and close out the last 2 hours in the evening. The flexibility can really work in your favor, especially when living in a recreational paradise like Rockport.