You've dreamed about it for so long, but will you make the leap? There's a growing draw for many to experience full time RV living. But the decision to live on the road isn't one that can be taken lightly. Careful consideration is necessary with many decisions to think through.
Our guide to RVing is a good place to start and is chock full of facts and advice for living and working remotely. We hope our 10 tips for full time RV living helps you enjoy the ride as you embark on your journey.
If you decide to pursue your dream of living on the open road, do some research on the available work opportunities. There are three main options to work remotely:
Take Your Current Job Remote
This approach won't always work, but you can ask your employer if you can continue your job remotely. This works well if you love your current position.
Find a New Remote Job
There are increasing numbers of remote jobs available. These offer steady employment, as well as benefits. However, they tend to be less flexible than freelancing and you should beware of scams when searching.
Begin a Freelance Career
Freelancing means creating your own business and taking on clients, or businesses that hire you to do some form of work. The benefits are that freelancing is flexible, you can be your own boss, and you can work remotely. The drawbacks can include inconsistent work and pay, administrative duties (taxes, insurance, etc.), and limited fields for freelancing.
Now that you've selected a path for remote work, you're well on your way to full time RV living. But before you pack up, you must find a job, or several, that will allow you to "work from home." Many remote workers, especially freelancers, have multiple income streams coming from more than one job. These are often found in fields like writing, graphic design, videography, and consulting.
Think about the skills you have to offer and what kind of career path might be a good fit. Be aware that finding sufficient remote work can be an a difficult process. If you don't have a strong portfolio or much experience, you may need to do some free work at the beginning if you're planning to try the freelance path.
Our biggest tip for finding remote work? Reach out to your network. Friends, family, past employers, business acquaintances, that entrepreneur from your college business course; all these people are contacts who may be able to help you find work.
A great perk of staying with Sun RV Resorts is that you'll enjoy Sun WiFi from coast to coast. However, you should always have an internet game plan to ensure connectivity. Remote work relies on the internet far more than traditional work.
Consider investing in a portable hotspot or using your mobile phone as a hotspot. Try to also keep your workstation portable, so that you can go to a coffee shop or library if you need internet in a pinch.
Finally, we strongly recommend you make friends with other RVers. A social life is very important for full time RV living, as you often won't see acquaintances unless you intentionally try. Get to know your neighbors and look for other full time RVers. They may have some great advice for you.
Though full time RV living and working remotely can be challenging, it's worth the hurdles to travel frequently and enjoy the freedom on the road. We wish you the best of luck in this new adventure. If you know others who might be interested in the RV lifestyle, share this helpful post with them as well.