Small Biz Articels .com - Small Business Articles
 
To bookmark this page click here in Explorer -OR-  press Ctrl and D in Netscape or Firefox   Email this page to friends   Your Favorites SearchMain Page 




Small Biz Articles » General Small Business » Small Office-Home Office » Rate/Review - Recommend

 



The Traveling Office: Organizing Your Car

"I wish I had ____ with me." You fill in the blank. How many times have you been off-site, meeting with a client, only to discover you were missing a form or a brochure that would have helped you wrap up a discussion?

Whether you are in sales, real estate, consulting or a variety of other jobs, travel is usually involved. Even when you spend most of your day in an office, you still have to travel back and forth, often bringing work with you, or you might be meeting a client for lunch, and have that, "I wish I had…" comment running through your mind.

Here are some basics that would benefit everyone.

Front Seat

Calendar: Since everyone is now reachable at any time by cell phone, you would want to have a calendar handy, whether paper or electronic. If you use an electronic calendar but are not syncing with your PDA, then you can periodically print out a monthly calendar and carry that with you.

Notepad: If you have to pull over for an extended talk with a client, you want to make notes on the conversation. Do not count on storing everything in your head for later. Write it down now.

Index Cards: Carry these with you at all times. They can go in your shirt pocket, purse, briefcase, and car. Whenever something comes up that you need to do or want to remember, write it down on an index card. When you get back to the office, staple that to a full sheet of paper and place it in your Daily Action file.

Mileage Log: If you have it close at hand, you will be more likely to remember to record the miles traveled. It is so much harder to do this once a month or to recreate the data at the end of a tax year.

CDs: If you want to make good use of all the travel time, this is an opportunity to listen to recorded business books or to conference break-out sessions. On the other hand, if it is advantageous for you to relax before a meeting or while headed home, pick some music that unwinds you.

To store these materials, you might consider an auto organizer with multiple compartments, one that ties over the headrest and sits against the passenger seat. It provides easy access. When you have a passenger, you simply move it around so that it hangs in back of the seat, still within reach.

Have a zippered plastic case for extra pens, pencils, and other basic desk supplies. You do not want all of these to be loose in case of sudden stops where they could become flying projectiles.

Back Seat
Casual Reading: Have a folder of materials handy to grab any time you have unplanned open time—stopped traffic or arriving early for an appointment. It will allow you to effectively utilize your time while you wait, and in turn will lower the potential stress caused by the delay.

Map Book: Even if you have a GPS system, it is a good idea to have a backup for emergencies.

Umbrella: Do not leave this in your trunk. It does not cover you when there is a sudden downpour while you are heading into a meeting.

Trunk
Forms and Brochures: Use a small travel box or crate that holds hanging file folders. That way you can keep a supply in the car without having to guess what you may need every time you head out.

Product Samples: Get plastic bins that can contain your products. When you have them organized in containers, it leaves more room in your trunk.

Grippers: These pieces cling to your trunk carpeting and keep things from sliding around. Place them strategically at the corners of your containers.

If you use something up while you are out, make a note on an index card so you will remember to replenish that item when you get back.

Returning to your office, be sure to take out all of the new materials-order forms, business cards, conference bags, ToDo index cards-and bring them in right away. Replenish anything that you have used up. This will ensure that you always have what you need at hand, and your car does not become a clutter trap.

Your car is a reflection of you and your methods. If you find yourself embarrassed or apologizing when someone unexpectedly has to ride with you, make changes today.
The preparation will add to your confidence as you head out to your next meeting knowing that you have what you need. You are in control and you look the part.

Through training and individual consulting, Denise Landers helps companies and individuals create effective systems to get more out of each day. She shares more of her expert time management advice at http://www.keyorganization.com/blog


 
This article was submitted by - Denise Landers Please Rate/Review this Article - Recommend it to friends

Don't Wait for Tax Time to Look at the Bottom Line
A Curious Thing Happens To Entrepreneurs In The Spring Of Every Year. They Wake Up One Day And Realize They Had Better Figure Out How Much Money They Made Last Year So They Can Pay Their Taxes.

Running a Home Business is not always a Bed of Roses
Challenges And Obstacles That An Entrepreneur Must Consider Before Starting A Home Based Business

The Traveling Office: Organizing Your Car
How Many Times Have You Been Off-site, Meeting With A Client, Only To Discover You Were Missing A Form Or A Brochure That Would Have Helped You Wrap Up A Discussion? Learn How You Can Avoid This Potential Embarrassment For More Future Success.



Disclaimer: The Traveling Office: Organizing Your Car & Small Office-Home Office related small business articles and small business information provided on this web site is not to be construed as business advice from the website Small Biz Articles.com - or from the corresponding author who posted this article on our website. Small Office-Home Office articles on our website were submitted by various small business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, business experts, accountants, lawyers and other business professionals, but we do not verify the authenticity and the accuracy of information submitted and we are not responsible for any errors or inaccuracies. Please consult with one of the small business administration or small business development officers in your local SBA-SBDC centers, or with an attorney, accountant, a small business expert/advisor, to obtain proper business advice and accurate information for answers related to any specific questions you may have with regards to your small business issues.
Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of the site Terms & Disclaimers.
Copyright © 1998-Current, Smallbiz ArticlesSM and affiliates. All rights reserved.