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Tag Archives: road life

Podcasting From the Road

My business partner, Dave Moyer of Bitwire Media, WordCast, and other ventures, and I spent several weeks on the road 24/7 traveling from Chicago to Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, then Vancouver, BC, and back to Seattle, then Portland. It was non-stop movement. He was worried when it came time to do the first podcast on […]

Buying WIFI: The Greed of Expensive Hotels

I’ve been planning to write a scathing article about the high price of WIFI Internet connections at hotels, motels, and the like for a while, but I can’t compete with the brilliance of Respectful Insolence’s article, Good WIFI, Bad WIFI: Most of the hotels that I end up staying at for these meetings are pretty […]

Snowbound in Spearfish, South Dakota

My father is desperate now to get home. There is only so fast I can drive, and he is unwilling to take a plane to get home faster. Long story. So I’m now driving almost non-stop, averaging 10-14 hours a day of driving with barely a rest for lunch and cooling the engine of this […]

Track Your Packages Online from One Site

Because we travel so much, when we order something online there is a paranoia that the package won’t arrive before we make the next trip. Package Mapper is a new service which combines the database information for tracking shipping from UPS, FedX, and other delivery services, with Google Maps. Enter your shipping number and the […]

Riding With the Urban Mappers

Amazon.com’s A9.com Project Team is mapping the United States. Riding With the Urban Mappers tells of how this team of experts developing “block-view technology” which A9.com began this spring, allowing users to “virtually stroll city streets to get directions and identify local businesses.” The group travels via two utility trucks with a video camera on […]

How to be a Short Term Worker

With the right attitude, the life as a temporary worker is exciting and refreshing. It is filled with new things and challenges every day. You have control over where and when you work. You can stay for as long as you want and leave when you want, depending upon your contract. On the flip side, […]

Tips for Temps

Having hired temporary workers and been one myself for several years, here are some of the lessons I learned, often the hard way. Keep Home at Home, Work at Work Keep personal issues at home People really don’t care if you are having a good or bad day. They don’t really care if you are […]

The Traveling Business

Making the decision to take your business on the road isn’t an easy one. It is filled with complications, red tape, life changes, and major and minor decisions which can overwhelm you unless you are prepared. First, you must decide if your business qualifies as a mobile one, then think of all the things your […]

The Traveling Employee

Millions of people are hired by companies with travel written right into the job description. For many this means racking up airline frequent flyer miles as high as the sky. For others, traveling can be done more slowly, making RVing a realistic choice. There is something wonderful to be said about sleeping in the same […]

The Traveling Worker

Temporary jobs are available in every field, with a high demand right now in construction and communications maintenance, installation and repair. There is work available as a bookkeeper, secretary, receptionist, pharmacist, caretaker, cook, bottle washer, pet groomer, baker, dentist, doctor, medical technician, engineer, law assistant, court reporter, satellite dish installer, sales clerk, ticket taker, bus […]

The Time It Takes – Computing Your Time

“How long will this take?” This is the first question most temporary workers are asked. Most companies have a specific task in mind, usually under a deadline. One of the skills most needed in a temporary job is the ability to compute time constraints. Computing tasks by time requires familiarity with a task. If you’ve […]

The Job Contract – Negotiating the Job Contract

Whether for a long or short term job position, workers usually sign a contract specifying the job descriptions, rights and responsibilities of both parties. Most of the time the company has form contracts. Other workers develop their own contracts to more specifically meet their needs. Whichever way you go, there are some basics you need […]

The Mobile Office – Excuse Me While I Answer My Shoe

The road to a successful business can be long and bumpy. If you actually take your business on the road, these bumps can be hard on your equipment, too. When planning your mobile office, you need a flexible and compact office equipment system that fits in a small space and weighs little. A computer is […]

Hook Up to Stay – Short Term Stays

Setting up your home away from home, or your home on the road, for longer than a couple weeks means establishing "temporary permanence." When you stand still for very long, especially for a job, people you work with expect to be able to find you, call you, and keep track of you. Choosing a place […]

House on Your Back, You’re Ready for Work

There is something exciting about working on the road. The view outside your window changes frequently. You meet new people every day. Living in an RV, you can sleep in your own bed each night. There are new challenges all the time. You get to see the country and expand your mental and physical horizons. […]