I have always had a vision of being able to work anywhere. Since the beginning of SageRock I’ve thought of having a mobile office. An RV where I could travel anywhere and always be able to work.
I’m currently camping in Wisconsin. My Verizon 4G phone has now largely made that possible.
I envisioned that satellite was going to be the technology that was going to make this possible. While those operators can do that I don’t believe they ever wanted that business.
The phone operators definitely want the business. In fact there is now talk of the day where mobile overtakes laptops and desktops. I think that will likely happen.
I LOVE traveling. In fact, I rarely have interest in being at home. In the summer I try to travel as much as I humanly can.
Because if that, I’ve learned some things about working mobily.
Here are five tips if you want to give it a go:
1. Working mobily requires that you work in the cracks of time. You don’t work 9-5 Monday through Friday. You aren’t traveling so you can work all the time. You are traveling to see stuff and experience things. That happens during “work hours.” So work early in the morning and later at night.
2. Don’t work on just one machine. For example that picture is me on my netbook computer. But this post is actually being written on my phone. The secret to working mobily is to go with the flow.
Learn to work efficiently on the device in front of you. That might include a MacBook Pro at an Apple store. While your kid us a FAO Shwartz in Manhattan you could check your email at the Apple store next door.
Apple actually has awesome WiFi outside in that plaza. You might just enjoy sitting outside if the weather is nice.
3. Carpe Diem! Be ready to take a moment to work instantly. Always have your netbook, tablet and/or smartphone with you. You never know when you’ll get an inspired thought or free moment to fill in a crack with a little work.
4. Get an extra battery. I have a small New Trent battery that lets me easily recharge my tablet and phone. I’m thinking about also getting a solar battery for some remote hiking trips we’re going to be putting together.
5. Free your mind. You aren’t traveling so you can live and think like the rest of the world. Let yourself relax and have fun. It will let your mind be more creative. Creativity is the highest end of the work food chain. It’s the hardest thing go be and do. Let yourself be free. It’s likely your best thoughts will come during these times.