Between the office, paperwork, and appointments, there are a lot of things to juggle while on the job. One of the most important aspects of Next Gen’s organization starts with our work vehicles.
You may think of a commercial vehicle as transportation from place to place, but it’s actually a key element of success. Electrical contractors are constantly on the go and many of us work right out of our vehicles. A work van is one of the biggest financial investments and ensuring that it is well organized has massive benefits.
An organized work van is the foundation on which a successful business is built. It’s essential to transport the people and tools you need to get the job done. If your vehicle is in disarray, you run the risk of money and equipment loss and you may unintentionally endanger your technicians.
How can an organized van benefit your business?
A clean organized van keeps everything and everyone safe. Loose tools in the back of your van are dangerous to both you and your equipment. In the event of a sudden stop, unrestrained tools can become dangerous causing damage and possible injury.
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Organization also helps you manage your supply inventory. When your tools and equipment stay in the same place, it’s easy to know when something should be restocked or replaced. Keep track of everything up-front to avoid the need to re-purchase expensive tools.
In addition to proper organization, it is a good idea to map the contents within your van and clearly label each drawer, shelf, and cabinet to improve inventory management. There are systems out there that are super cool and user friendly. I’ve really enjoyed using Platt In Motion from Platt Tools. Their system allows me to print off bar code labels from their app online. I can track any items purchased from their store and see what inventory is lacking in my supply. However, if you’re looking to keep it simple, just stick a piece of masking tape on each storage unit and record the name. Not only will this aid in organization and inventory, but with labeled equipment, you can save a lot of time in your search for the tools you need and get the job done quicker.
When a customer sees your work van pull up in front of their home, they instantly form a first impression of your company. Keep your vehicle organized and clean (inside and out) to ensure your first impression is a good one. An organized van signals professionalism and demonstrates that customers can rely on you to get the work done quickly and efficiently.
Ultimately, a well-organized van will save you both time and money. The less time you have to spend on the hunt for the necessary tools for a job will increase the productivity and efficiency of your company. Take time out of your busy schedule to clean and organize your work vehicle. Just 10 minutes a day will help to increase your productivity and security. Don’t be surprised if you also get more work! Word of mouth is the most common and effortless marketing tool you can use. With a clean and organized work vehicle enabling you and your company to be better focused at the great work you do, take notice of more and more customers coming your way.