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Remote work has been on the rise for years. The COVID-19 pandemic caused it to skyrocket in popularity even more, and many American workers have chosen to continue living a remote lifestyle.
If that includes you, one of the biggest perks of working remotely is being able to move forward in a career from anywhere. So, it should come as no surprise that many people are becoming "digital nomads" of sorts and taking their lives on the road while maintaining a job.
One of the easiest ways to do that is to invest in an RV. It gives you the opportunity to see the country, experience new things, and continue your career. But, working from the road requires discipline, and it can help to have a designated workspace.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips and design ideas you can use when designing your RVs home office. The more time you put into a functional workspace, the more productive you’ll be.
One of the key points to keep in mind when designing your RVs home office is having an organized workspace is always beneficial. However, making sure your RV office is clean and tidy is essential. You likely won’t have a lot of space, so you have to make the most of what you do have. That requires making your home on wheels as clutter-free as possible.
You can’t expect to store bulky electronics in your RV, especially when they don’t work efficiently anymore. Consider repairing or recycling old electronics that aren’t being used, and if you can get rid of them safely, it’ll end up saving you a lot of space.
In addition to optimizing your tech gear, you can also declutter your RV office space by:
If you do have a bunch of documents laying around, consider investing in a small shredder or look up local shredding services that can get rid of them for you. Remember that you should shred everything from common documents to uncommon items like junk mail and sticky notes to protect yourself. Not only will shredding these things keep you safe and protected, but it will give you more room in your workspace.
Because space can be such an issue in RV living, one of the best things you can do is optimize every piece of furniture. Don't be afraid to get creative with your office space.
An easy way to do that is to "repurpose" or upcycle your existing furniture when you need to use it for work. You might be able to install a fold-away table on one of the walls or pull a desk out from under your bed when it's time to work. Or consider changing things as needed. The dresser in your bedroom could become an excellent makeshift desk by designating a few drawers to work supplies.
There’s no reason you can’t use what you already have to create a functional office. You’ll take up less space, get more work done, and it’ll be easier to strike a healthy work-life balance when you’re able to put your “office” away or change it back into a living space at the end of the day.
When it comes to storage, keep a bin or basket on hand that can be tucked away or hung up on a wall. If you take the time to declutter your space, you shouldn't have a lot of tangible items to store away. Consider researching cloud-based document storage options to keep your paperwork at a minimum and your work secure.
Dealing with space issues is only half the battle when it comes to RV living (and working). In addition to having a designated workspace, it's important to have the right equipment on hand at any given time. Depending on your travels, you might not always have access to supplies, and you might not always be near a tech repair shop or someone who can fix your Internet issues quickly.
Prepare yourself by always having the following:
It can take some time to get used to RV travel, but you'll quickly learn that Internet connections aren't always strong, depending on where you go. Your primary focus should be on maintaining a solid connection (with Wi-Fi boosters) no matter where you are, so don't hesitate to invest in equipment that will allow you to stay on top of your work. If you decide to work in public locations (coffee shops, etc.), make sure you have your own network/VPN, and never use public Wi-Fi when dealing with private information.
You might be wondering why you can't just work from the bedroom area of your RV or why it might be problematic to have your laptop up front in the passenger's seat while your partner is driving.
Do what works for you. If you can stay productive that way, go for it. However, most people need a designated workspace to get things done in a timely fashion.
Additionally, having a separate RV home office will make it easier to strike a healthy work-life balance. When you're living and working in the same spot, it can be tempting to procrastinate or work odd hours, which can take away from your travels, family time, and unique experiences. A healthy work-life balance, on the other hand, will:
You have an incredible opportunity to maintain a career while traveling all over the country. The last thing you want is to miss out on any of those experiences because you're working too much or you can't strike a healthy balance. Having an office space in your RV makes it easier to separate your personal life from your career. If you find that your productivity is lacking or you're feeling burnt out, designating a place in your RV for an office can help.
Hopefully, these tips will help you while you are designing your RVs home office and getting you on the road to being an official digital nomad.