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Old 05-16-2019, 09:57 AM   #1
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An organized electrical van does more than save you valuable time and money. It shows your clients that you’re professional, detail oriented and can get the job done. That’s the image every business wants to convey. By investing a little time and money into organizing your electrical van, you can advertise your skilled demeanor every time you open the doors. 8 Tips for Organizing Your Electrician’s Van
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Do you have any tips on how to keep it organized?
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Do you have any tips on how to keep it organized?
Yes, don't be a slob like most of the lazy bums here

At the end of the day the last thing I want to do is put everything back in it's place in the van, so I throw it all on the floor. But the next morning I spend 2-10 minutes putting everything back where it goes so that the floor is completely clean. Then I take the stuff I will be using that day and put it on the floor near the door.
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If this is one of those confession threads, let me be the first to say mine is a garbage dump.
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Mine gets cleaned out when I don't have enough room to get the materials in for the next job.
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On a good day, the material I need falls out when I open the door.
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Mine's pretty clean considering:
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I once watched a YouTube video of a graduating state police academy class where the graduates were being assigned their cars. The head honcho was telling them "Now when a citizen looks into that car they expect to see a clean, well organized car for the tax money they paid for it. They don't want to look in there and see your lunch, personal items and trash."
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I once watched a YouTube video of a graduating state police academy class where the graduates were being assigned their cars. The head honcho was telling them "Now when a citizen looks into that car they expect to see a clean, well organized car for the tax money they paid for it. They don't want to look in there and see your lunch, personal items and trash."
It's even worse in our trade because we are in the customer's house. If you can't take care of your own property and work neatly, why would the customer expect you to do it in their house? When they see a messy van they think you do messy work and you sweep the garbage under the rug.
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My truck is slightly more trashed then the inside of Mr Rewire's, but yet still upright. I just need a stop sign on the roof
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It's even worse in our trade because we are in the customer's house. If you can't take care of your own property and work neatly, why would the customer expect you to do it in their house? When they see a messy van they think you do messy work and you sweep the garbage under the rug.
I was once speaking with a customer about my dirty van. I said something similar to what you said. I was almost apologizing to her about the state my van was in. She said something like: "Nonsense. To me, your messy truck means you're too busy taking care of customers to worry about a little mess in your own space. I want the guy who is busy, not the guy who has so much free time he can wash his van every 5 minutes."

Point is, only anal pricks who you wouldn't want to work for anyway worry about such trivialities.
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I was once speaking with a customer about my dirty van. I said something similar to what you said. I was almost apologizing to her about the state my van was in. She said something like: "Nonsense. To me, your messy truck means you're too busy taking care of customers to worry about a little mess in your own space. I want the guy who is busy, not the guy who has so much free time he can wash his van every 5 minutes."

Point is, only anal pricks who you wouldn't want to work for anyway worry about such trivialities.
I disagree, I think that lady is the exception not the rule.

A normal person knows that it takes a few minutes for a serviceman to keep their van and work neat and clean. If they don't have time to keep their own van from looking like a bum ravaged it, what will they think of the way the inside of their panel looks like?

You can't possibly think that more people would appreciate a messy van than a neat one. A neat, clean, and organized van is not only a benefit to you (so you can actually find what you need) but is part of selling yourself. I always take the garbage off the front seat before pulling up to a customer's house just so that they don't see it, since so many of them end up coming up to the van to admire it.
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My truck is usually a rolling dumpster. It does get treated to a detailing (exterior and front inside) once a year when its at the dealer for service, due soon. I keep my customers homes clean as much of what I do is service. I don't worry about the van that much.
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I disagree, I think that lady is the exception not the rule.

A normal person knows that it takes a few minutes for a serviceman to keep their van and work neat and clean. If they don't have time to keep their own van from looking like a bum ravaged it, what will they think of the way the inside of their panel looks like?
The same way they thought about the inside of their panel before: Nothing.

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You can't possibly think that more people would appreciate a messy van than a neat one. A neat, clean, and organized van is not only a benefit to you (so you can actually find what you need) but is part of selling yourself.
I'm sure most people think the way you're saying when waxing philosophical. But how many times have you had a customer run out to your van to inspect it? I have never had that happen. And any customer that has seen my messy van is still a customer. I had one guy that owns a few restaurants laugh at me once, saying it looked like I rolled my truck on the way over. Still my customer. I guess I'm just lucky to have such unpretentious customers.
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My wife says the inside of my truck is a mess because you can't even see the back seat. There's a lot of stuff in it for sure, but I know where everything is, and everything has a place. Somedays there is more of a mess than other days, but it never lasts long.
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I personally have times when I'm fairly neatly squared away and times when I am pretty messy but I'm never at either extreme. Neatness and organization is a means to an end. If there's work to be done, and there always is, I will straighten up enough to stay efficient, but I won't be sorting and stacking junk in my trunk until everything's just so.



Obviously if you let things get past a certain point it gets so it's hard to put your hands on what you need when you need it, that's no way to work. Occasionally when things get particularly messed up, I have to stop and tidy up some just so I can concentrate on what I'm doing.



One of my customers at a county agency retired from the state police where he was some big deal investigator, he was a real sharp guy. He was fairly neat and tidy type but he told me if someone's desk was REALLY neat, like too neat, watch them!



I have a customer who has a zero tolerance policy for untidiness. They have fired people more than once for violations like leaving the trash from their burger king lunch in their truck. But don't get the idea that they are just THAT super squared away, so perfect that they didn't tolerate even that slight infraction. Unfortunately nothing could be farther from the truth, they have one of the most incompetent crews I have ever seen, always getting sued, terrible turnover, very seldom get any repeat business - just a total bottomfeeder company - but the vans are neat.



In the military and the police, keep in mind that for many there are long periods of time where there's nothing to do but wait for something to happen. Making people shine things is a good way to keep them out of trouble and somewhat engaged in the job in those intervals. I haven't had a time when I was waiting for something to happen in decades.
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