Are you someone who works from home? Do you travel a lot? Perhaps you don’t really have a “home” but live in an RV or travel so much that there’s no reason to have roots set down somewhere. Yet, here you are looking for ways to work from home, without a home. If you’re an entrepreneur that’s technically classified as a work from home professional but live without a “home” then you’re in luck!
As someone who’s spent the last three months traveling and camping all over the New England area, I’m excited to share some tips for you to learn how to successfully work from home when you’re homeless.
How To Work From Home When You’re Homeless
Buy a MiFi or Hotspot Device
You can purchase RV internet or a MiFi type device to work from home when you’re homeless. I have to admit that I’m am not a tech guru when it comes to ideas like the MiFi or a hotspot device. I always ask my youngest kid about the best tips for hotspots or MiFi stuff as he is a tech genius. Having a way to connect to WiFi or data via cell phone towers will help you stay connected when you work from home, without a home.
Recently I found a prepaid Verizon hotspot device that will cost about $45 and then you’ll have to pay $45 monthly to get a decent amount of GB service. This type of service will only work for people like me, who most do freelance writing from home and don’t stream a lot of video content.
Buy a Coffee
Head on over to your favorite cafe to enjoy a coffee each morning and hop onto the free public WiFi at this location. In the New England area, I’ve seen Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s and other restaurants who offer their customers free Wi-Fi access so as long as you sit in there with a coffee or something showing that you’re supporting them as a customer. I don’t think they’d like it if you used their Wi-Fi without buying something first, and honestly, I think that’s just in poor taste. So gather up some change, buy a coffee, and use that free Wi-Fi.
Get a Voucher or Code
If you’re out there camping and enjoying life on the road but need to get some work from home done, well then you can easily buy a voucher at a local campground. Places like Crowsnest work on a voucher system where you have to pay one dollar per day/per device to have access to their guest Wi-Fi access. Some campgrounds use a similar concept or have a code that you need to put in as a means to access their guest-only Wi-Fi. The one dollar a day fee per device may sound like a lot to some people but when you’re using the Wi-Fi to make cash for your family on a daily basis, that’s a small price to pay.
Think Outside of The Box
Last, but not least, it’s so important that you use your creative skills when it comes to working from home while you’re homeless. If you’re traveling a lot from place to place you may not want to hop onto public Wi-Fi networks as that’s not super secure. You also may not want to go camping for an entire season. There are so many different reasons why one is considered homeless, so depending on your reason it’s important to know that you can still work from home, without a home, so as long as you stay dedicated to your work, know what options are available at the tip of your fingers, and continue to be creative in finding new ways to work from home, without a home.