For many motor home enthusiasts, the idea of ditching your normal life and replacing it with one filled with adventure and exciting, new experiences by going full time in your coach can be very appealing. Those that are already full timing or are strongly considering becoming full timers have probably heard of the term “Workamping”…a work/life combination that allows passionate RVers to earn a living while operating their businesses from the confines of their coach. Not every profession is conducive to this lifestyle, however. Workamping is much better suited for those in the fields of consulting, IT, graphic design, marketing, or sales to name a few. Not only can Workamping be a ton of a fun and a great way to get away from the monotony of your everyday routine, but it can also be more financially rewarding in the long run as well.
Eliminating (or at least greatly reducing) the typical expenses associated with owning a home, renting office space, commuting, etc. can help you realize larger financial gains more quickly that you may have expected. If you want a real life example, tally up your mortgage, homeowners insurance, taxes (especially if you’re in New Jersey!!), maintenance costs, and utilities and then compare that number to what it costs to make your monthly payments on your coach plus insurance and gas and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Sure, you’ll be giving up quite a bit of space and some of the conveniences that you’re used to, but isn’t that the point? If you want to go full time and work from the road, there’s got to be some give and take.
Scenery is a huge plus to this life changing experience as well. Do you ever get tired of looking out your office window at the same view every day? Taking your business on the road will change that in a hurry. Check out this list of America’s Most Scenic Campgrounds by Travel & Leisure to get a taste of how beautiful your office view will be once you decide that you’ve had enough of the same old, same old. Snowy mountain peaks, rolling green hills, ocean views…the Grand Canyon. Yes, please! Imagine if every time you wanted to get up from your desk to get a bit of fresh air you weren’t walking around a parking lot at an office building, rather, you were taking a bike ride alongside a crystal clear lake or strolling through a redwood forest. Don’t ever underestimate the value of quality of life. You may find the freedom and flexibility that a life on the road can offer is far more valuable than material items.
Modern technology has done wonders for connecting people all over the world with ease and is a huge push in the right direction for those considering operating their business from their coach. Email, cell phones, and innovative business apps available for all devices (check out Trello to help stay organized, for example) make it simple to communicate with your business partners and customers regardless of where you’re located. For around $50/month you can purchase a mobile hotspot plan from virtually any cell phone carrier and connect it to up to 8 devices. Plus, most campgrounds these days have WiFi available for their visitors to take advantage of. Now that you have internet access, consider these useful business tools to make your mobile business operate more efficiently…
QuickBooks Online – for 10 bucks a month you can connect your business bank accounts, invoice customers, and keep track of all your receivables right from your computer. The days of ledger books are over!
Square Credit Card Reader – Square Up allows business to take credit card payments from anywhere with their mobile device
And check out this article for more essential mobile office gadgets.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, scenery, and just an overall shake up to the same routine you’ve been in for decades and are in a profession that would allow it, running your business from your coach may be a good choice for you. Of course, nothing is forever, but if you don’t try it you’ll never know what you’re missing.
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