Since many who visit this site are considering gate guarding, here are a few things to ponder:
1. Can you stay awake all night? This may be necessary on busy gates.
2. Can you move in and out of your RV fairly quickly? You know you’re too slow if they beep their horn.
3. Are you OK living in tight quarters? Even a 40 footer can shrink when you don’t leave except to pick up the mail.
4. Can you take the combination of heat, dust and critters? It’s the heat and the humidity and a wide variety of wildlife.
5. Are you content with a quiet life, apart from the noise of the rig and the noise of the your generator? You’ll need to provide your own entertainment: reading, time spent on the computer, writing, TV, cards etc…
6. Do mind not eating out at nice restaurants together?
7. Can you do the shopping, errands etc… alone? We’ve worked with gate guards have to pay someone to watch their gate so they can go do their laundry together.
8. Is your idea of ‘night-life’ watching the coons and javalinas?
9. If you aren’t already a full-timer, will all your gear fit into your rig?
10. Is technology a non-essential? This difficulty can usually be solved by buying a booster, but not always.
11. Is a mild degree of physical danger acceptable? This varies by season and location.
12. Do you enjoy challenging conversations? Remember, you have the accent!
13. Are you willing to switch phone companies?
14. Can you say ‘no’ to lost drivers and curious neighbors?
15. Are you willing to be both friend and enforcer?
16. Can you keep smiling? No matter how hot or tired you are: your crew is hotter and tired-er!
17. Do you appreciate the joy in each day, regardless of your setting?
There are many ways to make money while full-timing it. Gate Guarding is just one option. We really enjoy the job. These questions address the areas I’ve heard the most complaints about from gate guards who don’t like it quite so much. Talk to gate guards about the pros and cons. You’ll find everyone’s perspective is different and everyone has stories to tell!