Andy and Kris live full-time in their RV, exploring the United States with their two boys and a baby on the way. Andy works a remote job in software while Kris roadschools the kids. The Murphy family loves taking pictures and writing about their adventures as they go.
How To Create A Home Office Inside Your RV
ANDY & KRISTEN MURPHY
As more and more people join the RV lifestyle, working from the road is becoming an increasingly popular option. If you’re considering remote work from an RV, or maybe you just want to create a better mobile workspace, we’ve got some tips to help. Here are five things to think about when building your RV workspace.
Create A Designated Workspace
Carve out a space inside your RV that is reserved for working. Having a designated space that you can go to get your work done is important and offers a lot of benefits. Not only will having this workspace allow you to focus and mentally get you into “work mode,” but it will also help create more of a balance between your work life and your RV home life.
Make Sure Your Workspace Is Comfortable
If your workspace is comfortable, you’re more likely to use it—especially if you have to work for long, extended periods of time. Comfort can mean different things to different people, so figure out what makes you the most comfortable and try to build your workspace around that. Things like an ergonomic chair, a monitor stand and good lighting reduce discomfort and can make your workspace more enjoyable.
Understand That Your Workspace May Be Small
Remember that working from an RV means you might be limited on space, and you probably won’t be able to fit everything that a traditional office or stationary home can. Think about all of the items you need to get your work done and rank them from most important to least. Maybe you love having multiple monitors but your RV desk space can’t fit two giant screens. Could you get by with one screen and something smaller, like an iPad? It also helps to think vertically—stacking or mounting things can efficiently maximize a small space.
Be Aware Of Your Background
Having a good background is especially important if your work requires that you be on video calls. If you can, avoid having a large, bright window directly behind you. And try to position your workspace away from any doorways or places where other people may be walking by in the background.
Create A Workspace That Fits Your RV’s Layout
When you’re thinking about where to set up your workspace, consider your RV’s layout. If you plan to work every day (or somewhat regularly), you might want to find a spot inside the RV that allows you to have a permanent desk, as opposed to setting up and taking down a desk every day. If possible, try to avoid putting your workspace right in the middle of the RV. This could be distracting and also inconvenient for anyone else in the RV that may need to move around your desk set-up. If you have kids or are traveling with someone who also works remotely, having designated workspaces on opposite ends of the RV can help reduce noise and distractions as well.
Being able to work from an RV has so many benefits, and advances in technology are making this increasingly easier for many RVers. With the right workspace set-up, we’re confident you can be successful at your job and fully enjoy the RV lifestyle.
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