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Thinking of Relocating Your Business? Here are 6 Tips to Make the Move Go Smoothly

People choose to relocate for a number of reasons - better opportunity, lower taxes, growth, cost savings – you name it. Uprooting your business can be nerve wracking and stressful because there are so many things to consider. The good news is there are a number of helpful tips that can help make your transition to a new location as smooth and stress- free as possible.

Plan Ahead – Months before your scheduled move, sit down and hammer out as many of the logistical details as possible. If you plan on renting an office or retail space, take time to scout out all the possibilities before settling on one. The more time you allow yourself to consider every angle of your relocation, the more prepared you’ll be.

Communicate – Be honest and open with your employees and your customers, giving them plenty of notice about the move and how it will affect them. If possible, involve your team in every step of the moving process. When everyone’s on board, the entire transition will go much smoother.

Clean House – If you’ve been in business for any amount of time, chances are you’ve accumulated a bunch of things you may not necessarily need. Take your move as an opportunity to go through the items you’ve collected over time and get rid of what you don’t need. This will help you start fresh at your new location.

Consider Staffing Options – If you’re relocating to an entirely new state or will be expanding in your new location, you may have to hire new staff once you’ve completed your move. Plan ahead and consider working with a staffing agency that can help get people on board and ready to go once you’re up and running again. Again, if your move means having to dismiss existing employees, communicate and give them as much notice as possible.

Market, Market, Market – If you’ll be penetrating a new market where you’re relocating to, start marketing your business before you move to get some exposure and get people excited about the new opportunity that will be coming to their area soon. Take advantage of local marketing opportunities like Groupon deals, Facebook ads, and custom “grand opening” coupons. Join the local Chamber of Commerce to get a jump-start on networking with other local business leaders.

Tie Up Loose Ends – Relocating can be overwhelming, making it easy to forget the last minute loose ends you might have. Make a list to help you remember what needs to be done, like recovering rental deposits, changing your address with the post office, posting a sign at your old business with details about your new location, and updating your website to reflect your relocation.

Moving your business, whether it’s across the street or to the other side of the globe, can be quite a task. We can help! Our virtual phone systems are completely portable, so it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about! By preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect, you can help make the transition much more manageable so you can be up and running in your new locale in no time.

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posted by Rebecca Daneault @ 6:23 PM