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Working Remotely from an Airstream

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Big things are happening and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been learning!

A quick update: Madeline and I bought an Airstream and are working remotely while traveling around the country! For the past few months, I’ve been transitioning Lemon Consulting to operate remotely and as of 3 weeks ago, it’s official—I’m working from the road!

What does this mean for you?

  • More availability for appointments. Since I’ve eliminated the need for driving from appointment to appointment, a good portion of my schedule has cleared. I’ll be doing all remote work from wherever I am traveling. Bonus: You get to work with me remotely too—feel free to leave the house messy, wear your athletic pants, and get comfy.
  • Extra on-site support. While I’m gone, I have some very talented colleagues I used to work with at Apple going on-site to your homes and businesses if some one needs to be there to physically do something. You will love these guys. I feel incredibly lucky to have them working for me.

I know you’ll find that working remotely will be an incredibly easy transition. I can almost guarantee once you work with me this way, you won’t want to go back to the old way of doing things.

The tools I'm using to work remotely:

If there is one app that I use above everything else for this it’s this.... Zoom.us!

Zoom is a video conferencing app for one-on-one meetings, screen sharing, and even hosting webinars for thousands of participants. Think of it as FaceTime on steroids.

This is what I use 95% of the time when working remotely. It allows me to meet with you face to face and take control of your computer screen so that I can get to work on your Mac.

Often I only have access to between 1 and 3 Mbps internet speeds. For context, one of the lower tier plans you can get from Comcast is about 25 Mbps and as of today, they have speeds up to 350 Mbps.

Often FaceTime doesn't work for me, it just requires more speed than I have. Zoom hasn't let me down once.

Many people would love to work remotely but not having a reliable internet connection scares the heck out of them. How are you supposed to work without internet?!

I was pretty freaked out myself until I found a couple who live on the road and work in technology. They made it their business to find out everything they could about mobile internet and started a business about the topic. You can find them here: RVMobileInternet.com.

What I found out blew me away... You know cellular data can be SUPER expensive if you go over on data. Also the main carriers don't even let you buy as much data as you could normally use on a home connection if you stream much. Verizon's top tier is 100 GB at $450/month! Ouch!

Fortunately there are ways around this where you can buy some one's unlimited data plan. It's a bit hush hush, so I don't want to go too deep into it and spoil the good thing we have going, but if you're interested, you should definitely reach out to Chris and Cherie at RVMobileInternet.com.

We're paying $45/month for unlimited data with Verizon. Crazy, right?! Between our new Verizon line, a cellular booster when we have poor signal, an AT&T plan for phone and data, and a WiFi booster, we're pretty much set!

The picture above shows us up an 11 mile dirt road in the mountains and I was having multiple video and screen sharing conferences and making money. I call that a big win!

So there are the first two big secrets: Zoom.us, and Chris and Cherie from RVMobileInternet.com to create a solution specific to our needs.

Next up is a post about what we are doing for photos on the road and how we are creating these videos to keep everyone updated on what we’re up to!

Please watch the videos and share!

Do you know some one who could benefit from this post or my help with their Apple devices? If so, email them a link to this page or send me an email at shawn@shawnlemon.com. I'd love to hear from you!

Question: What are some of your favorite places to travel and what's stopping you from exploring more?