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How to create additional space to work from home? An Airstream RV office



As many of us have tried to be creative in finding new ways to make homework enjoyable for us during a pandemic, you must like Jeremiah Owyang’s solution.

The freelance tech analyst needed space to call his own and found a great alternative to rentals in Silicon Valley.

He bought a small 22-foot Airstream RV with a 30-year loan, parked it in his backyard, and inflated it for video calls. The analyst investigated the local real estate market and found that rents charged at least $ 2,000 a month. Instead, he got a 30-year loan at $ 370 a month for an Airstream “Sport” trailer for $ 50,000.

“I have it.” I can claim it as a business deduction and resell it at some point in the future, ”says Owyang.

As he said this week on Twitter, “I used to fly to conferences, now I just walked to the backyard. “

He describes the “Tiny Airstream Studio” as “29 steps from home” and “a quiet place to work”. It’s also a production studio for the pandemic age, which makes lemonade from lemons for someone who needed to change the way they work.

“Because I make money by speaking at conferences, I had to show people that I had the set-up,” he says. “Yes, I have a studio in my garden, how can I help you? “

As he wrote in his Medium blog post, “Now, like most, my main scene is from my own home, er, backyard. To ensure that my message is better communicated to the market, having a decent audio and visual configuration is essential during this isolation of the pandemic. ”

So in his backyard, he turns on the ring lights, turns on his Sony A6400 camera, attaches his Movo clip-on microphone to his shirt lapel, opens a videoconference program and is ready to interview executives and speak speeches.

Beyond the camera, sink, Logitech webcam and 30-inch Samsung monitor, “the most important tool” in the trailer is its 1 gigabyte Comcast Internet signal. “I have tremendous speed,” he says. (He also puts the Internet through an Orbi Mesh wireless router from Netgear.) “The setup is like a small executive suite. “

So much so that when people see it on their video program, they think “it’s wrong” and that he inserted a background image. Finally, a client asked him if he was in a caravan. “I was afraid he would think he hadn’t paid us enough money,” but that didn’t happen. “There are different cultural reactions to being in a trailer,” he says.

Enter Jeremiah Owyang’s Home Office (Photo: Jeremiah Owyang)

Fortunately, most people responded with envy, not disdain.

Recently, he took concerts at an Airstream opening speech on the culture of innovation for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and is scheduled to interview executives from the San Francisco data analytics company. Splunk.

In the meantime, don’t look for Owyang to navigate the open road this summer with his Airstream, as the unit is intended for. It’s a permanent fixture in the backyard. “We don’t delete it, it’s a dedicated office,” he says.

Putting Airstream to new uses is not entirely unique. Zappos founder Tony Hsieh bought a bunch of them for workers and CEOs of Tesla Elon Musk has a village of them in the desert.

Ultimately, “this is the future,” says Owyang. “People will need dedicated and quiet workplaces” and will have to look for alternatives.

This could include moving from a high-density, high-rent location like San Francisco at a lower state cost, and moving from a one- or two- or three-bedroom apartment, or obtaining ” a separate unit for a backyard like a Tuffshed or Airstream.

For himself, “I go to work. It’s only 29 steps from my house. “

Analyst Jeremiah Owyang outside his home office: an Airstream trailer (Photo: Jeremiah Owyang)

In other tech news this week

Current and former Facebook employees criticize CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his position on not labeling President Donald Trump’s messages. Meanwhile, Snapchat has said it will stop promoting Trump’s posts.

CES: The show will continue. Despite all these cancellations of convention and the COVID threat that has not disappeared, the CES, which attracts massive crowds (more than 175,000 in 2020) will continue next year, said the organizers, with more cleaning of the areas wider stands and aisles.

Zoom: No end-to-end encryption for free users so the company can work with law enforcement. Meanwhile, in its results announcement this week, Zoom showed how a pandemic can help a small business, from 10 million last quarter to 300 million, and revenues jumped to 328, 2 million dollars against 122 million dollars.

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