Relocating your business? Whether you’re moving somewhere less expensive or expanding your operations and headquarters, you’ll need to plan this project with the utmost care and consideration for your biggest assets: time and money. The more time you spend planning, the less time you’ll lose.
Here’s how to relocate your business with efficiency in mind.
Approach Relocation as You Would Approach a Business Project
As a business owner, you must be familiar with a project breakdown cycle.
It’s when you break down a complex project into smaller, more manageable units in order to make it easier to plan, execute, and track. You can apply this approach to business relocation as well if you create to-do lists, dependency chains, milestones, and timeframes for everything that needs to be done. That way, you will be able to set SMART goals and achieve them without breaking your budget.
Make a Checklist and Start Packing Computers and Equipment
All projects depend on smart labeling, and so does this one.
If you can, use color-coding while packing your office equipment. If not, make sure that every box is marked both on the top and the sides. Not only will this prevent your equipment from getting lost during transport, but it will also help you track your valuables with ease. Before you wrap your computers in moving blankets, backup all sensitive business data using online cloud storage services.
Donate Your Time-Worn Furniture and Equipment to a Charity
Moving your business is a good opportunity to get rid of everything you no longer need. Presuming you’ve archived all important documents, start a spring cleaning session and throw away all the rest.
However, old furniture and outdated equipment can be donated to a registered charity organization.
Hire a Moving Company or a Business Relocation Professional
Unless you’re planning a plant relocation, for which you’d need a professional business relocation firm that provides electrical services as well, a good old moving company will do the trick. Remember to contact them a couple of months ahead and ask for your price quote and some proof of insurance.
Inform All Your Customers and Update Your Contact Information
You’ll certainly remember to update your contact information.
Change the address on your official website, your business cards, and the stationary so that potential customers can find you with ease. As for your loyal clients, employ a retention strategy and notify them personally. Your designated bank, creditors, and post office must all be timely informed as well.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!