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How to Work Remotely When You Have a Kitty or Canine Companion
As much as you know you need to provide stability for your pets, this does not mean that you can’t do it from the road. Even if you have multiple animals, it’s possible to pack up and enjoy life as a digital nomad. It takes work, but the benefits of the open road and flexibility to work from wherever far outweigh the disadvantages.
Today, A Walk In the Park with Colleen provides practical advice for those facing this situation.
Understanding A Nomadic Lifestyle
Recruitment firm Manatal defines a digital nomad as, “someone who works remotely, frequently from several locations…” People who choose this lifestyle aren’t confined to geographic restrictions, and they can work just as easily from the backwoods as they can the beach.
Is Your Pet Right For Travel?
Not all pets do well on the road. If you have a bird, you may want to consider rehoming them or hiring someone to watch them when you can’t be close. Cats and dogs are perhaps easiest to have on the road, and The Smart Canine explains that there are several different things to look for in a low-maintenance pet, including one that doesn’t need a lot of exercise and whose coat is less prone to shedding.
Traveling can be stressful for both pet owners and their companions, so be on the lookout for your pet’s signs of anxiety. A sudden change in their eating behavior, frequent urination, and excessive scratching or biting are just a few of the signs. Your stress can certainly rub off on them, so take measures to reduce the stress levels so you both can be at ease.
Have Pet Insurance
Purchasing pet insurance is a smart idea, especially if the policy covers your pet in multiple states. A good policy should cover routine vaccines and preventative medications against ailments like heartworm disease, fleas, and ticks. When choosing a plan, determine whether it has wellness coverage, accident-only coverage, or accident and illness coverage.
Feed Them The Right Foods
If you’re currently feeding your dog a diet high in grains, it’s time to try grain-free dog food. A grain-free diet gives your pet a healthier digestive system, which may result in fewer bathroom breaks. This can make it easier on you, and your dog will get their nutrition from meat, poultry, and fish, which is what his body really needs.
Consider An RV
An RV is like a home on wheels, and there are plenty of things you can do with your pet from the road. (GoRving has many ideas.) Aside from the obvious benefits of having your own table to work from, an RV will also ensure you never get put into a situation where you can’t bring your pet to your chosen accommodations.
Get to Know the Areas You Travel to Often
Having a pet means having a continual companion, but there are also restrictions on what animals can and can’t do. Make sure that you’re fully aware of all the pet-friendly activities you might enjoy with Spot, including enjoying a stay at a dog-friendly Disney resort. If you find yourself in the same community frequently, take a look at the local housing market and find a pet-friendly vacation rental.
You might even find the perfect place to put down roots or purchase a vacation home. Having the same place to go to time and again means you’ll be familiar with all the local restaurants and co-working spaces if that’s where you plan to do your work. Keep in mind that you can expect to pay a down payment of 20 percent or more on a mortgage for a vacation home.
Go for an Online Degree
One of the benefits of an online MBA program is that it can travel with you. If you need to enhance your credentials to reach your goals, it’s a flexible and affordable solution. An MBA allows you to learn about the latest concepts in management, accounting, entrepreneurship and much more. Getting a business degree also adds to your credibility, and completing classes and tests online allows you to continue working on your enterprise without attending in person.
General Remote Work Tips
Aside from handling the challenges of having a dog in tow, when you work remotely, you’ll also need to have:
- A way to get paid. Chances are, you won’t have an address to send a check, so look for an online payment platform. It also may be wise to set yourself up as a business with an LLC in your home state. An online formation company can make the process easy for you regardless of where you are on the road.
- A way to save money. Saving money may not be your primary goal, but it never hurts to keep your account balance as intact as possible. You can save in many ways, from booking in advance to ensuring that you have your insurance and prescription savings card downloaded on your phone.
- A mobile internet connection. Your smartphone may likely serve as a hotspot, but nothing beats a dedicated connection. TomsGuide notes that having a dedicated hotspot means your phone can do what phones were meant to do while you connect to work.
There you have it. These are our top tips on making the most of a nomadic lifestyle when you have a pet. Is traveling right for your animal? Only you can decide. But when you feed them the right foods, have a place for them to stay, continue your education online, and get acquainted with the places you visit most, you’ll have your best chance of keeping Spot happy while you pay the bills and enjoy the view.