Travelling from job to job can be time-consuming and even a little lonely. However, as we work and deal with clients the need for a personal and private workspace becomes more and more important. This is why for tradies who drive vans for work, installing a small workstation in the van can be very useful.
The first step in developing a mobile workstation is to utilise all of the space in the van for ultimate efficiency. The easiest way to accomplish this is to install van racking systems. These systems will run the length of the van creating a useable area in the middle that can be transformed into your mobile workshop.
Organising and keeping your racks together will also be a vital component to your system. If you find yourself constantly moving and changing your system around, then the efficiency of what you are trying to accomplish is diminished. One way to do this is to keep the most used items towards the back of the van, where the doors are and the least important components towards the driver and passenger seats.
Towards the driver and passenger seats you may want to install a small office chair and a folding table. Purchasing a wireless printer, mobile hotspot and other tools for printing invoices, taking orders and more is also a good idea. This small office can also be done from the driver and passenger seats but really isn’t that efficient.
The van racking system should also be organised with the heaviest pieces of tools and equipment on the bottom racks and all the smaller lighter items towards the top. When we have heavier items up high they can cause extra stress on the shelves which can cause damage in transport.
Using trays, small bins and baskets are also a good idea for holding small items in your van. Make sure that you have snap on lids as well as other securing items to make sure that nothing goes flying.
Setting up a system like this is good for anyone in the field. Electricians, plumbers and tech support people will find this setup extremely beneficial. When you have a mobile office and can take your tools, supplies, skills and ability to the people then your business can skyrocket, and your competition will be scrambling to catch up.
Creating this type of system is simple. Try to be as creative as possible and with a little trial and error you can come up with something that benefits you, your clients and your time.