Picture the Scene: You're a busy go-getter who's in outside sales and your vehicle is your office. You have, at times, forgotten to bring along important contracts, files or working papers while you're on the road. Your car is your office, and yet it's not functional.

When working from your "car office" you want to have only the things you really, really need, because space is at a premium. That said, the easiest way to create a workable "office on wheels" is to ensure it duplicates your actual office as closely as possible. It will make your working in both spaces simpler if they have the same set up. This will also make replenishing your forms, supplies, samples and anything else you have to carry easier.

You want to actually schedule a time to replenish, perhaps weekly, or at whatever interval works for you. You don't ever
want to get caught without the right sample, contract or whatever.

What I mean by duplicating your actual office is that you should create identical files (name them the same). Keep them in the same order and keep the same ones together. It will be a smaller version, but still functional.

Think about putting packets of paperwork you need for each client together, so you only have to grab a packet when you see them, not a whole bunch of individual papers. Collate the papers ahead of time so you don't even have to think about it when you get there.

There are many, many different kinds of crates and boxes out there to buy. Think about the function you need it to perform before you buy it. Do you need a box to be in the trunk and you just pull a few things out at a time? Do you need some kind of a crate for files that you will bring into your clients office? Think boxwheels if you do! Do you need something to sit on the seat beside you that you actually work out of all day long?

Can you leave you things in the car when you get home or to the corporate office? Do you need to bring them in? Perhaps they are valuable or temperature sensitive.

Another consideration is whether or not you also need your trunk for groceries, etc. If that's the case, and they have to be removed fairly regularly, think about having handles on your boxes or crates.

These are all questions to ask yourself BEFORE you spend any money.

A great place to look for just the right product is The Container Store. They have pretty much anything you could want in attractive colors and styles.

Happy Organizing!

Author's Bio: 

Beth Flarida is the owner of Get It Together, a company which has been providing Professional Organizing Services for businesses since 1991. Beth is a Certified Professional Organizer and a member of NAPO, the nation's leading and most prestigious organization for professional organizers. Visit Beth on the web at GetBeth.com and sign up for her free weekly newsletter, Answers From The Organizer®. Get started right now and claim your 60-minute office makeover session and jump start your organizational goals!