What To Do With Your Business During A Move
Your business might have to be put on hold for a while during a move, and often enough, there’s no way around this. Sure, you can work remotely for the time being, and try to stay in touch with your employees as much as possible, but nothing beats being in the office and collaborating effectively, does it?
So, with that in mind, let’s go through a little checklist of how to keep yourself feeling sane, and how to speed up the moving process, when it’s time to expand or change locations in your business. After all, things can move fast and effectively, especially using the tips below.
Start with Communications
You’ll want to start by ensuring that everyone who works for you and/or with you knows about the move. You’ll want to get the word out as soon as you know it’s happening for sure, and it’s key to make sure you don’t forget about anyone here.
Make sure your employees are aware first of all, then contact any freelancers or remote workers, as they’ll be less impacted by a new physical location. Make sure you get in touch with local suppliers as well – if there’s a closer vendor to your new location, or better deals in your new area, you’ll want to settle early and with good will in mind.
Work out Where to Trim the Fat
Trimming the fat means working out what’s going to be needed in your new place, and what isn’t. After all, you don’t want to pay to have everything packed up and shipped across to the new office, and you could make a bit of money selling off some unnecessary assets here. So look around you; what haven’t you used since setting up the office in the first place? What could do with upgrading? Take a quick stock list.
If you’re not sure about a few items, and you want to bench them for later, be sure to look into Easy Access Self Storage solutions. There’ll be more around you than you first think, and they’re great for saving money, compared to trying to carry all of those spare desks and chairs with you, whilst still being as safe and secure as you need them to be.
Determine a Reliable New Layout
And finally, you’ll need to spend some time thinking up a new layout for your new office. You’ve got the time as the move is going on, once all other admin is out of the way, and it’s a productive way to stave off boredom.
Talk to your employees and ask for their opinions; take into account what setups they’d work well in, as well as the most user friendly and collaborative of standard office plans. Try to be as detailed as possible, to ensure you’re not wasting time trying to figure it out when you get into the new office for your first day of work.
Consider a Temporary Office
In some cases, your office is ready to move into right away and you will only experience a few days of disruption. However, if you need to do some work on it to get it ready for your team, or you are building your own office space, you might be preparing to shut the business down for weeks rather than days. Unfortunately, that’s going to cost you a lot of money because you lose a lot of potential customers while the business is closed. The best way to avoid that is to consider a temporary office.
If your employees can work remotely, that’s a great way to make sure that your business stays up and running. But if they need to be in an office, you will need to find a temporary solution. Get a few portable buildings and find a welfare unit hire company to provide some toilets and you should be able to get by until your office move is complete. Although there is a cost involved with setting up a temporary office, if you calculate the cost of lost revenue, you may find that it’s definitely worth it.
Alternatively, you should look into coworking spaces. These spaces are popping up all over the place and you can rent as many desks as you like on a short term basis. You will also get access to meeting rooms should you need them.
A move can be a healthy time for business!