If you have an office trailer that you frequently take on the road with you, such as for conventions or short-term construction jobs, you want your work environment to be comfortable, efficient, and safe. Here are six ways you can improve life on the go when your trailer becomes your main business location or even your home.
Put your business name on your trailer.
Rather than towing an anonymous trailer that looks like everyone else's, spend a little money to put your business name on your trailer, even if it's just adding magnetic signs to the back and sides. You'll get free advertising, and clients will be able to find you easily in a sea of RVs at a big event. Painted-on logos will also make thieves think twice about trying to make off with your trailer, since it will be easily identified.
Add a small kitchen.
Eating all your meals out when you're on the road can be costly and time consuming. Adding a small kitchen to your trailer means you can maximize your work time and entertain customers too.
You don't need a full-size kitchen to make full-size meals, though. All it takes is a sink, mini fridge, toaster oven (or microwave), hot plate, and coffee maker to cover all your bases. You can even find all-in-one units that are the size of a standard oven and contain at least three or four of these five elements. Just make sure your trailer auto service outfits your rig with the right amperage to cook with, so you don't run into electrical problems.
Make display surfaces go double duty.
If you use white boards, chalk boards, or permanent posters for business in your trailer, these can take up valuable space. Consider attaching them to the faces of your storage cabinets for maximum efficiency.
Make sleeping spaces work unobtrusively.
Like eating in your trailer, sleeping in your trailer can also save you tons of money. Beds can take up a lot of real estate, however. To make your bedroom space as unobtrusive as possible consider a solution like a bed that folds up to reveal desk space underneath or a gooseneck trailer where you can place a bed out of the way in the front, the way many tiny homes do. If your bed is visible from the rest of the trailer, add curtains to screen it for privacy and professionalism.
Solve the dining/work space dilemma.
Many trailer layouts only have one table surface, which must double as a work space and a dining space. To make the transition easier, mount a flat-screen television on a mobile arm, and use that as your computer monitor. Pull it forward when working, and swing it up and out of sight when you want to eat.
Position your monitor so that it has optimum viewing potential from many angles if you intend to use it for presentations or client meetings. Ask your trailer service professional about surge protection for your computer equipment too, just as you would for a regular office.
Don't forget about vehicle service practicalities.
If you spend your work life on the road, both your towing vehicle and your trailer need extra special servicing, especially if you're covering mountainous terrain or traveling in bad weather. Brakes and tires should be your chief safety concerns, along with fluids and engine health. Finally, if you plan to travel to remote places where parts or service would be hard to find, consider taking a basic auto repair class and purchasing extra parts from your auto service just in case.
For more information, contact professionals like Instant Space Inc.