- Some small business owners have the type of work that finds them on the go constantly, such as building contractors and delivery services. Others simply don’t see the need to have a so-called “brick and mortar” office to work out of. Either way, it can be difficult to do effective and productive work without some type of centralized location to anchor your business.
Things can get disjointed and confused when you work in a different environment every day, and it is important to have a basic daily routine, as much as possible. Starting and ending your workday by evaluating or summing up the day’s tasks can be helpful because it will give you that feeling of consistency and balance that we all require.
When you work out of a vehicle, it is important to have everything that you need and nothing that you don’t need. Things that you need could include work related items, computer, phone, and personal items such as raincoat, umbrella and lunch box. Unwanted items would consist of anything that gets in the way of business, driving comfort or takes up needed space.
Keeping a handle on all the stuff that you carry with you might require that you have a checklist to make sure that nothing gets left behind at the job site. A friend of Wise recently related an incident involving her neighbor, who had hired a remodeling contractor. When arriving home one day, our friend discovered a folder and pages of her neighbor’s estimates and work plans blowing across her lawn. Needless to say, the neighbor was not pleased.
Working without an office means that you may have to be a little more creative, but it is do-able and can be an economical and time-saving benefit if handled in an orderly and motivated manner.