Working from Your Home on Wheels
This sudden shift has forced numerous employees to change their daily routines. For RVers, this represents a unique opportunity. If you are a full-time RVer who has been commuting to the office, now is the perfect time to start that RV office project. If you’re a part-time RVer currently working at home (and possibly in need of some extra office space), your RV makes for a perfect place to set up shop. In this handy guide, learn more about how to create a dedicated workspace in your RV, some helpful tips for working remotely and more!
How to Set up Your RV Office
Like working from your house or apartment, it’s best to have a dedicated office space if you are working remotely. Depending on your RV, space may be at a premium, but there are many ways for RVers to get creative. To work from your RV, you only need a good internet connection, a computer, and a workspace that consists of a comfortable chair and some desk space.
Having a solid, working internet connection is critical if you want to work from your RV. There are several ways to set up an internet connection in your RV, which include via satellite, your cellular plan, traditional Wi-Fi or dial-up. A satellite connection is the most expensive option and takes a good amount of work to install the dish and system. Wireless cellular internet is provided through your mobile carrier but plans that provide enough data needed to work are typically expensive, and the overall connection can be spotty. DSL/dial-up is an outdated method that requires your RV to be connected to an existing internet line. These can be found at RV campgrounds, but many have upgraded to Wi-Fi networks.
A standard Wi-Fi plan is the most popular option amongst RVers. Many install a router within their RV and purchase an internet plan. In addition to the network provided by your internet provider, you can connect to free networks all over. Whether they’re available at campgrounds, national parks, park lots or elsewhere, free Wi-Fi is becoming more commonplace. If your RV is not already equipped with one, a Wi-Fi extender is a great tool that strengthens your RV’s Wi-Fi capabilities and increases the range at which you can acquire a signal.
Once your internet connection is established, it’s time to set up your workspace. Depending on the type of RV you have and how much space is available, your RV office can take on many shapes and forms. If you own a Class B motorhome, the pilot chair and dashboard can make for a comfortable space to work. In a pop-up camper, a dinette has more than enough room to work from. If you want to get creative, turn the bed in your fifth wheel or Class A into a pop-up desk. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and have some fun!
Finally, a computer is the last piece of the RV office puzzle. What kind of computer you use and how you set it up is also up to personal choice. If you have space, a desktop and multiple monitor set up can help replicate the feel of your office. A laptop either by itself or with a monitor is another great way to give your space the feel of an office. If you prefer a more mobile work environment, a tablet and keyboard can be used.
Tips for Staying Productive While Working from Your RV
If you’re used to working from an office, an abrupt change to working entirely from home can be difficult. From having your commute reduced to a few steps from the bed to your pet being your new deskmate, it’s normal for productivity to slip. However, there are several ways to enjoy working from the comfort of your RV, stay busy and get your work done. A few tips for RVers to implement during their workday include:
- Use a dedicated workspace: As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to set up office space in your RV. From using the dinette to creating a dedicated office, having an area that is solely for you to work in will help to minimize distractions. This does not mean you can’t spend an hour or two working outside or from the couch, so feel free to change your surroundings as you see fit.
- Stick to a routine: If you had a routine that you used while working in an office, try to replicate that as closely as you can from your RV. Keeping doing your morning workouts, make the same breakfast, take the same coffee break at 1 PM and continue to do other behaviors that helped you stay productive. With RVs, this may also mean getting work done ahead of time if you are still semi-mobile. Wi-Fi coverage may be spotty in your next destination, so it’s best to plan ahead and possibly do some extra work just in case.
- Get dressed: This may sound a little on the nose (and a little odd) but getting dressed as you normally would for work help maintain a sense of normalcy. Feel free to still enjoy a day or two in sweats but wearing work clothes during the busy parts of the day can help set the right mindset. Enjoy a day or two to wear something you normally wouldn’t wear to work like your favorite team’s jersey or Hawaiian shirt.
- Take some personal time: If you’re struggling to stay productive, take a break. Spend 15-30 minutes outside reading, tidy up around your RV or do an activity that takes your mind off work. The RV lifestyle is all about taking your time to enjoy things, so it’s never a bad idea to slow down for a bit. A quick break can help clear your head and allow you to tackle your work with renewed energy.
If you are interested in converting part of your RV to office space, Lazydays RV offers interior remodeling services and you can schedule an appointment today! Make sure to follow the Lazydays RV lifestyle blog for additional RV office inspiration, trip ideas and more!