My workcamper gig involves a dozen different activities, no two days are exactly alike. This is what I love best about the workamper lifestyle, especially when working for small businesses with fewer than a dozen employees.
For example, yesterday my day looked like this:
- Launder linens and towels from the cabins
- Simultaneously answer the front desk phones
- Handle guest questions
- Make cabin, horseback ride and jeep reservations
- Check in and check out guests
- Run credit card transactions
- Mend miscellaneous cabin bedding
- Spruce up old porch chairs
- Water plants
- Clean office
The best part of my busy day was when I handled a tense situation from a jeep rental customer. She was irate because we had to charge her for a full day of jeep rental, even though she brought it back before noon.
Unfortunately I was alone in the office. The ranch owners weren’t around for me to pass her off to, so I just said:
“Look, don’t be mad at me. This is our policy. I just work here. You can talk to the owners and see if they’ll do anything, but I won’t make any guarantees. I have to follow procedures when nobody’s around.”
It was odd to hear myself speaking those words. On the one hand I knew I sounded like a typical McJob worker bee, but on the other hand, after so many years of taking ultimate responsibility on those rare occasions when my own business failed at customer satisfaction, I found it incredibly freeing to say:
“I just work here.”
The workamper lifestyle definitely has it’s perks!