There comes a time when every small business needs to relocate. Maybe you’ve achieved some real success and it’s time to expand, or perhaps the current lease has just expired. It’s always good when a business expands, but this expansion means that you need more space to expand into. No matter if you’re moving out of your home office or just moving from one commercial building to another, it’s never easy to choose the right office space. After you choose a new location things aren’t any easier thanks to the actual moving process. A business can only make money as long as it’s up and running. During the process of relocation your business is shut down and you won’t make any money. So it needs to be an efficient move so you can get right back to work. Here are 5 tips to make relocating your small business simpler.
- Put Together a Timeline
Once you have decided where the business is moving it can be a hassle to actually do it thanks to the furniture and equipment. Take a look at the current office and consider how you want the new office to look and how you can make it happen. This needs to be done at least 4-6 months before the move. You also need to keep your employees informed about the changes and what they can expect. Set aside time for re-arranging things with the internet and phone companies you use and to obtain the permits, licenses, and insurance policies you’ll need. The bigger the office the more time it will take to co-ordinate all of this.
- Distribute Resources Where They Need to Be
You need to ensure that the resources of both you and the removal company are allocated where they need to be. Budget properly for movers and any equipment transportation and don’t neglect your employees. Speaking of employees; approach them for help if you really need it.
- Bring in the Cleaners and Movers Early
You should hire the movers and cleaners about 1-3 months before it’s time to move out. It’s important to plan ahead of time to ensure things go smoothly. If you’re going to bring in some professional movers and cleaners then it’s good to do it early. Don’t forget to do some research on the companies beforehand to ensure you deal with a good business.
- Keep Vendors Updated
When the move is all done with you want to get right back to work. To that end you should let your vendors know about the move a few months ahead of time so they can update your shipping and billing address. If you need to get some new furniture then order it now so that you can arrange everything before making the move.
- Update your Business Cards, Website, and Letterheads a Few Weeks in Advance
In the week leading up to the move it’s important that everything is ready. That way your employees can get back to business as soon as possible. Ensure that the post office and your clients are kept up to date about the move and get all of your deliveries, interviews and meetings out of the way in advance.
If you’ve done a good job of preparing for the move then it should all breeze by. It may sound difficult to relocate your business but it can be made much easier with a list or two.