If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably have a lot of business meetings, factory walk-throughs, and maybe even meet-and-greets at networking events. These kinds of things are part of an entrepreneur’s day-to-day tasks. If you’re a commuter who drives everywhere, you should be using your car as a moving office. Here’s why it works, and how to do it:
Store Resumes, One-Sheets, and Business Cards
Sometimes, you’ll get a call that you have a business meeting across town that very day, and there’s no time to go back to the office to pick up any materials. That means you won’t have your resume, your one-sheet describing your business operations, your business plan, business cards, etc. That can put you, the entrepreneur, in quite a pickle. That’s why you should start using your car as a moving office. Keep a steady supply in your car of resumes, one-sheets, business plans, business cards, and any other documents that you frequently need. You’ll never have to worry about racing across town back to the office again.
Keep a Portable Printer
There are times when you might be asked to bring a document over to another office, or sign a document as soon as possible. In these cases, where on Earth do you go to print the document if you’re not currently at the office? Having a portable printer in the car can save you from these stressful situations. They aren’t too expensive, and they can help you avoid headaches down the road.
Have a Hands-Free System Set Up
If your car comes with a Bluetooth system, great. Set it up today with your most frequently called numbers – that way you can dial those individuals with the push of a button on your steering wheel. Also input your most frequently visited addresses. You’ll never have to waste precious time slowly plugging an address into the car’s GPS system again. Just a push of a button, and you’re on your way. If your car doesn’t come with Bluetooth or GPS, find some way to incorporate a hands-free system, perhaps with an earpiece Bluetooth. This will allow you to make and answer phone calls on the road, while staying safe and abiding by the law.
Store Extra Stationary
You never know when the pen in your briefcase will run out of ink, or when you’ll use up the last page of that notepad you carry in your purse. Keep extra items in the backseat of your car, so you can grab them at a moment’s notice. It looks unprofessional to walk into a meeting and have to ask the other party to borrow a pen. It also doesn’t reflect too well on you if you’re taking notes on your phone – people may think you’re multitasking, texting, or checking Facebook. Avoid these problems by keeping stationary in your car.
Using your car as a moving office is a great way to stay prepared for any kind of situation. As an entrepreneur, you have to adapt to situations quickly, and a day’s schedule may change with just one phone call!