OUR AWESOME ADVICE TO THE GOOGLE EMPLOYEE LIVING IN HIS TRUCK
It’s pretty safe to say working at Google is a good gig. Not only do you get a job at one the world’s leading tech companies, but you also get like a zillion dollars and an insane benefits package that includes, among other things, free laundry. You also get to work in really cool spaces.
But despite his ostensibly fat wallet, due to the crazy rent prices out in Silicon Valley, one rookie Googler has decided that the company campus is so amazing to the point he refuses to leave.
He’s a 23-year-old software engineer who started working out of Google’s Mountain View, California, campus in May 2015. Rather than pony up the big bucks for an apartment, the clever and adventurous little fella decided to do the next logical thing: live out of a box truck.
“It’s hard to justify throwing that kind of money away,” Brandon recently told Business Insider about paying rent in Silicon Valley. “You’re essentially burning it — you’re not putting equity in anything and you’re not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile.”
The logic checks out.
To sidestep rent altogether, Brandon forked over $10,000 to buy a 16-foot 1996 Ford box truck that had 157,000 miles on it. After throwing a mattress and a dresser — and some stuffed animals — into the back of the truck, Brandon was ready to call it home.
His quest is certainly admirable. By his own estimates, he’s already made his money back on the truck and then some. (Business Insider says his thrift allows him to save 90 percent of his income.)
But come on, Brandon. If you’re saving all this money and you’re already in the black, isn’t it time to think about upgrading your crib?
The inside of Brandon’s van (source: businessinsider.com)
Your home, after all, is quite mobile, Brandon. You can take it anywhere.
And even if you decide not to, well, you deserve at least a little more comfort than whatever we’re seeing in that picture. You’ve braved the first five months of your journey, and now you have tons of disposal income. Remember, people do spend money on their homes — both for pleasure and as an investment. So you certainly wouldn’t be burning your money, as you suggested you were loath to do.
Pimp Out Your Ride
Drawing a blank about what you could actually do to pimp out your box truck, Brandon? That’s okay. Being an engineer for Google is undoubtedly hard work and very time-consuming. But don’t sweat it. You’re a Google guy, so you should know there’s an app for that. Okay, maybe not an app, but there are definitely companies out there that can turn your truck-slash-home-related dreams into reality.
Like Outside Van, for example. The company — which was founded by folks who love to work hard during the week and explore everything the world has to offer on the weekend — builds amazing custom vans to their customers’ exact specifications. Just look at all these available options. Talk about being able to live in a truck (or van) and actually make people who pay for housing jealous.
Inside an Outside Van
Or better yet, Brandon, keep living out of the box truck until you save enough cash to buy the truck-home or van-home of your dreams.
Then you can sell the ’96 Ford. Or you could always turn it into a permanent apartment at Google that courageous entry-levelers like yourself get the opportunity to experience.