As employers increasingly make the transition to remote work, employees have more options than ever when it comes to choosing their work setup. For some people, this might be the perfect opportunity to realize their dream of living and working from a truly remote location, far from the hustle and bustle of urban areas. Set your remote workstation for productivity and success by investing in these tools and gadgets that will make sure you are only as disconnected as you wish to be.
A Mobile Hotspot
Whether you work as part of a corporate team or as a freelancer, the internet is a vital part of today’s work environment, and the trend of working from home has highlighted the importance of a stable internet connection. If you’re planning on taking your work truly remote, then it’s important that you take an internet connection you can rely on with you. A mobile hotspot is a great way to be sure you can continue to work without connection interruptions. Many major cellular carriers have mobile hotspots that can be easily added to your cellular network. Keep in mind that signal strength, (and by association, data speeds,) are limited by the size of a hotspot’s antenna. Be sure to do your research on coverage maps and the strength of the antenna you’ll need before you head out. A rugged mobile hotspot equipped with several antennas and capable of supporting multiple connectivity options, such as wi-fi and LTE, will offer the greatest access to strong data signals. As an added bonus, rugged mobile hotspots are designed to stand up to some of the worst conditions, which makes them perfect for remote cabin living.
The cabin isn’t wired for electricity? No problem! A generator can be used to power your electronic devices for days. Portable generators are small and are fairly easy to transport, though they don’t reach the same levels of electrical output as some larger, heavier generators. Be sure to choose a generator with enough wattage and plug-in ports to power everything you’ll need. If you plan on using a generator to power lights or appliances as well as a laptop or other small devices, you may want to consider investing in two separate generators: one designed to power sensitive devices, and another built to power the rest of your electrical equipment.
Some generators can be charged by solar power, which is a quieter option than gas-powered generators. If you’re juggling time zones and need to be able to work at night, however, a gas-powered generator may be your best choice. If it’s an excursion to get to the closest gas station, be sure you have enough gas to power your work equipment until your next scheduled supply run.
A Solar-Powered Power Bank
It’s always a good idea to have a backup power supply, and a small solar-powered power bank can be a project-saving gadget if you unexpectedly lose power. Pairing a power bank with a generator can also help conserve generator energy by being the go-to charging option for small devices, such as phones or tablets. They are also a great option for those who want to set up their workstation to enjoy a sunny workday outdoors.
Office work isn’t for everyone. Use technology to your advantage to reach peak productivity in the spaces you feel most comfortable in.