How to Work From Boat
Remote work is so popular now that over half of the American workforce is doing it (58.6% to be precise).
With more and more digital nomads traveling the world and working remotely, why not take advantage of the opportunity and do it from a boat?
Let's start with the obvious questions.
How to Work From Boat
First off, can you work remotely from a boat?
Yes, you can absolutely work remotely from a boat.
There are digital nomads who work from boats all over the world.
But it's not as easy as you might think. In order to work effectively and do high-quality work, you will need to be mindful of your circumstances and always plan ahead. For example, things like the weather, sea state, and where you dock or anchor can all have a tremendous impact on your ability to do good work.
You will take the fast, reliable WiFi you have today for granted.
Boat Amenities Required to Work Effectively
Each of the following points can be solved easily by parking up at a marina and planning ahead, but if you plan to work from boat full-time you will always need to keep them back of mind:
- power, batteries, solar
- internet access, WiFi, hotspots
- good weather
- calm seas
Without any of the above, you've got a snowball's chance in hell of having that relaxing day working from your boat that you are imagining.
How to Convince Your Employer to Let You Work From Boat
You can probably get away with work from boat by docking at a marina full-time.
But marinas are expensive and that defeats the purpose of having a bout. Many boaters and sailors probably want to travel the world and sail to amazing destinations on their floating home.
So depending on how often you plan to work from boat, you might need to get approval from managers or employers.
If you happen to currently work onsite or in an office share this fact with your employer:
Remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts
Ultimately, if you like your job you will inevitably have to have a conversation about your new lifestyle with your current employer.
Which industries are best for remote work?
Typically working in technology, finance, management, professional services, and information sectors will give you the best opportunity to work remotely.
Most of these industries don't require work to be done face-to-face. Job roles and responsibilities can usually be carried out on a phone or video calls.
Is it hard to work on a boat?
It depends on the amenities on your boat and almost more importantly where your boat is.
In a nice, quiet marina with good internet access, you should be fine and it won't be too hard at all.
But if you happen to be in the middle of an ocean crossing with even slightly bad weather, good luck getting any work done!
Ultimately, working from a boat is not as easy as doing the same from an RV or van. Boats are just affected a lot more by the weather. And it can be hard to find good internet in the middle of the ocean...