Work camping (or workamping) is by no means a new concept. As long as campers have been RVing full time, they’ve been finding jobs to help supplement their lifestyles. With modern technology, though, things are changing. Work camping doesn’t mean what it used to. Want to be a work camper? Here are the things you need to know.
Work Camping Historically
In the good ol’ days—and even pretty regularly now, too—work camping meant finding a part-time job wherever you were camping. At the campground, resort, national or state park, local monuments. These jobs tend to be seasonal, particularly during heavy camping seasons.
These jobs tend to be more common among older RVers and retirees, because the pay is low—yet good enough to sustain RV living. The responsibilities usually include collecting park and camping fees, renting facilities, answering questions, basic security, and basic maintenance.
At national and state parks, work campers are sometimes given a prominent, semi-private spot near the front gate—often at no cost. This allows them to be clearly identifiable if campers have questions, while also offering some additional privacy.
Modern Work Camping
These days, though, what with WiFi and smart phones with great nets of coverage across the country, work camping means something else entirely. Remote employees are common in businesses across the globe. More and more remote employees are taking their work on the road.
Mobile hotspots are small, cell phone sized devices that emit a WiFi signal via a phone carrier, and make it easier to work from anywhere you happen to be located. Alternatively, some smart phones have a setting that turns them into a mobile hotspot—though you can rip through your data allowance if you’re not on an unlimited plan. If you’re camping in a park, many offer WiFi or a wired Internet connection as part of the park fee.
Additionally, some new model RVs come equipped with a desk area. Alternatively, any model can be equipped with a desk area. Not interested in giving up so much space as an office? Turns out any dinette works really well as a desk too.
Be Your Own Boss
Entrepreneurship is all the rage these days, and there’s nothing that says you can’t start your own gig on the road. Many RVers start businesses in marketing and public relations, photography, consulting, travel writers, designers, and almost anything remotely associated with the web—but the sky is the limit. If you’ve got a skill, a knack, or a degree, you can probably turn it into work from your RV.
Being a Remote Worker
Working from the road is a very attainable dream, but a word to the wise: it takes a certain amount of discipline to put in your 40+ hours a week when you’re working alone. You can elevate that even further when you’re looking out your window at a gorgeous beach, or a clear blue sky with mountains inviting you out for a hike. Of course, if you really need to pop out for a quick dip in the ocean, that’s perfectly fine. You can work in the evening. Because you’ve got nowhere to be.
Want to get started as a work camper? Camping World can help you find the RV that best suits your work/life balance—with emphasis on the life.