RV ownership makes it easier than ever to take your business on the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-employed entrepreneur or working for a Fortune 500 corporation. If you can get online you can take your work anywhere. But before you commit to working from your home on wheels, take time to review these three RV business tips for better long-term success.
Get an Internet Reality Check
Getting online anywhere is easier than ever but challenges still exist. For instance, Internet access is often limited in America’s best national parks. Where it does exist, cellular broadband speeds can be slow and frustrating. And while commercial RV parks make a valiant effort to keep up with demand for fast internet, seasoned RVers know that relying on park wifi is a gamble.
The best way to run your RV business is to invest in a mobile wifi hotspot device supported by your cell phone provider. But be prepared: monthly fees for mobile internet access currently cost at least twice as much as residential Internet broadband. You may also want to purchase a cellular signal booster. This device costs upwards of $200 but it amplifies weak cellular data signals. A booster is extremely helpful if you want to explore rural areas with spotty cell signals. Finally, if you are the type of RVer who prefers camping in really remote areas, consider investing in a mobile satellite internet system. Equipment costs can reach up to $6,000 (not including ongoing data plans), but a system enables you to literally work anywhere outside of cell range.
Running any kind of RV business is easier when you don’t sell, stock or ship inventory from your rig. If you haven’t pinpointed what kind of RVer business to start, consider one that allows you to partner with vendors who will do the heavy lifting for you. Many manufacturers work with independent distributors who are willing to sell their products for a small commission. In return, these manufacturers will “drop ship” products from their warehouse to distributors’ customers. If you see a product that fits your RV business model and you think you can sell it online or face-to-face with customers, reach out to the manufacturer and inquire about distributor opportunities.
Work with RV Business Experts
Few accountants understand the challenges of running an RV business. For instance, if you run a business or simply take a W-2 job in another state, your tax liability gets complicated because you will need to file taxes in multiple states. As an example, artists who travel the fair circuit to sell art in different states often need to 1) obtain a sales tax permit for each state and 2) pay sales tax in every one of those states where they sold artwork.
Work with an accountant who understands the intricacies of tax filing for RV businesses. Ask around on full-time RVing discussion forums and groups to find a professional who can keep you as far away from the audit trail as possible.
Running an RV business requires homework but most RVers who do it agree that it’s worth the effort. Why wait until your retirement age to live the full-timing lifestyle? Take time now to craft your perfect RV business and live out your wanderlust while you’re young, healthy and better able to enjoy all the benefits this lifestyle offers.
About the Author:
Rene Agredano, a Coach-Net member since 2015, is a self-employed full-time RVer who enjoys writing, jewelry design and animal advocacy. Her adventures with a three-legged dog and husband Jim are chronicled at LiveWorkDream.com.
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