If you are self-employed or work for a company that allows you to telecommute, we have an idea that is shore to get your attention: work from your boat.
We all imagine breaking away from the office and living the dream out on the water. For some of us though our 9-5 prevents it, but there is a way to have the best of both worlds.
When the stars align and you think you’d like to work from your boat, these tips will allow you to be more productive:
- Avoid the glare of sun on your laptop or computer screen. If your boat has a hardtop or bimini top, be ready to use it. You can also cut down the glare by using a sun glare screen on your laptop.
- Regardless of what people may think, getting online while onboard is fairly easy and reliable these days. Depending on your job, you will need Wi-Fi to use search engines, send and receive emails, share documents, etc. Most cellphones have the ability to become a personal hotspot or Wi-Fi device. Be sure to check with your wireless provide on the data usage rates.
- Create a designated office space on board. It’s best to be organized when working aboard your boat since space can be very limited. We suggest purchasing a laptop lap desk and a tote bag to keep notebooks, papers, and other office supplies all in one place.
- Charge your laptop battery beforehand. Be sure that your computer is fully charged before pushing away from the docK. There are some portable power sources that can be used if needed so check out your options.
- Make sure you prevent distractions to guarantee a constructive work day. Although it’s very tempting, avoid happy hour, fishing, and other boating related activities until you log off your computer.
- Bring the necessities. Just like venturing into the office, you might want to pack a lunch. Don’t forget to bring paper and pencil or any other items you typically need during a regular day at work.
- Last but not least, be ready to anchor. Unless you want to work from the dock, you can venture out, but to avoid a long drift, be ready to anchor in your favorite spot.
The best part about working from your boat is getting to relax on the water as soon as it hits 5 o’clock. We hope these tips will help you to design your on-board office to fit your needs and make working from your boat easier.