Internet service—it’s a necessity for remote work. If your tiny house is parked in a consistent location, it’s easy. My internet cable runs in a buried garden hose from the main house to my RV utility pole, then it plugs into the jack on the side of my tiny house. (Tumbleweed tiny houses are internet-ready.) I have a wi-fi modem in my utility closet and I get good signal out in the yard, so going outside to work in summer is an option. If you take your tiny on the road, you might need satellite service, which is more expensive but still widely available. Before you commit to staying in a location for a while, make sure you’ll be able to get adequate signal for the kind of work you do. (Many people can get by with just email; I need high-speed service for the interactive mapping software I use in my work.)
I found the initial wiring-up process with the router and all to be kind of daunting, and an IT-nerd friend organized my wiring into beautiful conduit tracks. (It also reduces fire hazard in the supply closet to have everything all nicely buttoned up like that.) The Tumbleweed USB outlets are a godsend for adapter-free device charging, and I can run USB-powered devices without overloading my computer’s USB ports.
Physical mobility in your chosen workspace—my friends all ask me why I don’t use one of my lofts for my office. Think about it—could you work in a space where you couldn’t stand up, or even sit at a desk in a proper chair? Working in a beanbag chair and scooting around in a low-ceilinged loft wouldn’t work for me. If it would work for you, more power to you, but seriously consider starting with a space you can walk around in.
Shun paper. You don’t have a lot of space; your office needs to be as paperless as you can make it. When mail comes in, handle it on the spot. Scan anything you need to keep, and shred or recycle the original. You can’t let the paper pile up or it will own you. Not long ago, my integrated washer/dryer kicked into the spin cycle and the vibration sent a stack of papers cascading to the floor.
Are you alone there? Many people share tiny houses with a partner or family. Think about who else might be in the house with you. Communicate expectations to others in your space. Do they need to make themselves scarce during your work time? How can they respect your space while they’re around?
Set Your Boundaries—if your tiny house is in a high-activity area like an RV park, and you’re likely to get people coming to your door, make a sign asking for privacy and put it up before your Zoom session or phone call begins. Also be ready to enforce boundaries with friends and family, near and far. Don’t be afraid to send your friends to voice mail. They’ll learn the routine eventually. Your mother never will, but everyone else tends to adapt.
Another note about Zoom—your tiny house as a backdrop tends to be way too interesting to your colleagues. Unless you want to take time from your meeting to lead your team on your own version of Tiny House Tours, consider using a stock photo backdrop.