May 15, 2016
4 Tips For Running Your Business While Relocating
Moving is a challenge for businesses – both brick and mortar and online companies alike. Packing and relocating is a barrier to your day to day practices, and the entire process is expensive, a significant problem since moving cuts into profits as well.
With proper planning, however, it’s possible to execute a move without completely shutting down. Here are 4 tips for a smoother – and less costly – move.
Eliminate The Excess
Not everything in your current office needs to move to the new one. Take a serious look at your current space and at your plans for the new one. If you’re buying new computers or new office chairs, obviously you don’t need to pack those things. Anything you can do without simply toss. When you occupy a space for a long time, junk builds up. Don’t take that junk with you.
When planning your move, the first thing to do is assess what office materials you can do without for an extended period. Do you have boxes of old files stored in the closet that you can set aside for a few weeks? Assess your office and flag everything from office art to archived files for storage. These are the items to start moving early.
Put these office extras into storage, but don’t eat up your work day doing it. Instead, take advantage of the computerized gate access that many storage facilities offer. Get your team to drop these extras off on their way home. These will also be the last things you pick up after moving into your new space.
Social media marketing is easy and inexpensive and it’s a great way to keep things moving while you’re on the move. Focus on producing a great social media campaign for the period while you’re moving. Interact with your clients and give them a sense of your post-move plans. This sets the stage and provides momentum during a time when your other efforts may be limited.
One of the worst things about moving is that everything seems to get lost or buried. This can be a nightmare when you’re trying to get your business up and running again. One way to avoid this is by setting aside the most important items in a “do not pack” pile. Then you can move these items yourself, keeping track of them every step of the way.
Don’t let moving spell disaster for your business. With proper organization and planning, your business can remain profitable during the transition. The final tip: make sure to hire movers, even if you’re only going a short distance. And just know that whatever your budget, it should probably be bigger – moving is pricy – but when you’re settled in your new space, it will all be worth it.