Work From Home Or From A Campervan Anywhere

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Isn’t technology wonderful that you can either work from home or from a campervan anywhere!

All you need is a an internet connection and a laptop.

Brilliant and no problems at all – really?

The Campervan Outing With A Difference

So, I headed out in the campervan last Saturday with my wife and we were travelling to Larne in Northern Ireland.

My wife is a swimming coach and had a gala last Saturday, so I said I would take her down in our new campervan and I would work while she was at the gala.

All good.

Time to Plug In

With wife duly delivered to the gala at Larne swimming pool, I went a little way around the coast to overlook the sea and see the ferries coming in and out whilst I worked.

It was really a lovely day and I took the dog for a walk first before setting up in the campervan. I got the laptop setup on the table and plugged the mains plug into a 12V/240V DC/AC inverter and then switched on the MiFi device from Three Mobile.

Can I just say at this point that Three Mobile are about the best deal for mobile broadband and I have got an “all you can eat” device and sim card that allows you to connect up to 5 devices on their wifi. Very clever.

Anyway, the ferry from Scotland was coming in and the kettle was on and so was the laptop, so time for a bit of working from “home”.

ferry ship coming into larne harbour from cairnryan

You Can Work From Home Or From A Campervan Anywhere

So, laptop plugged in and working, mobile internet plugged in and working well, dog walked and sleeping and a hot cuppa, I was off to work!

I get a bit of a kick out of being able to work anywhere and I aim to publish a few more articles to help you do the same if you are interested. The time flew in until I get a call on my mobile from my wife: “I’m finished at the gala, where are you?”

Opps! I hadn’t realised the time, so got everything packed and back in their places, jumped into the driver’s seat and turned the ignition key. Nothing! I had drained the van’s battery.

I didn’t realise how long I had been online drawing juice from the van battery to power my laptop for hours using the plugin inverter. I rang my wife back “Em, er, I’m stuck!”

It was a bit embarrassing I have to confess, but I told her I would ring the breakdown service to get them to come out with jump leads and get the van started.

A Total Breakdown

I had just got the van and we had a previous van. The previous van was with a different insurer to the new van. The previous insurers included a breakdown service. Yes, you guessed it; the new insurers did not!

Drat! I wasn’t covered.

I then rang my insurers for my car, as I knew I had breakdown cover on it, but they said it was the vehicle that was covered and not the driver. No joy.

Just then a 4 x 4 work-horse vehicle drew up close to me. The driver had got a burger and came to the seafront to eat it in peace. I hated disturbing him, but I asked him if he had jump leads and if he could help me out after his lunch.

I don’t know the guy’s name, but he was such a helpful man and it was no bother to him at all. Soon we were firing on all cylinders again and I quickly went to pick up my wife. Phew!

Technology at it’s best

As I said before, isn’t technology wonderful.

However, I have learned my lesson from this incident and charge the campervan battery every hour now by starting the engine for a while AND I now have breakdown cover too!

It’s great to be able to work anywhere, as long as everything works!

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By Brian Hillier

I have run my own businesses since the 1980's and I have always tried to go for niche type businesses and sectors, rather than so called main stream. This has included Quantity Surveying, Mobile Phones when they first came out and now Finance and SEO. I love the challenge of ranking website pages in the search engines!