3 Things to Keep in Mind When Moving Your Small Business

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Relocating your business is a chance to expand, reach new clients, cut costs, and realize a vision. However, picking the perfect location is only half the work. Like moving into a new home, relocating your business will present challenges that, even with the best planning, could never have been predicted. It’s important to remain flexible. Here are three tips to help make moving easy, so that you and your team can focus on quickly getting your business up and running again.

1. Don’t Try to Do Everything Yourself.

It might be tempting to try to micromanage during such an important period, but this will only leave you stressed, with little energy for what matters most. Instead, this is the time to take advantage of your trusted team and delegate tasks. Giving members of your team the responsibility to do research on different options for movers, for example, spares you from the time-consuming research process and leaves you with a clear head to make the final decision.

2. Give Yourself Some Wiggle-Room.

One of the most unnerving aspects of relocating a business is the hit it can take on your productivity. Renting a storage unit near your new location not only lets you store boxes and products you don’t immediately need once you’ve moved—it also means you can start packing in advance. Modern storage companies, such as Boxie24, often include complementary pick-up and delivery services, making early packing a no-brainer, and allowing you to open with just the essentials you need. This makes relocating your business as smooth as possible and will help get it up and running quickly.

3. Communicate Effectively.

Depending on your business, a move can also mean losing loyal clients. Make sure you maintain contact by communicating your move using multiple avenues. Using social media is important, but so is updating business details on online maps. Inform your customers and clients of your upcoming move via e-mail, but don’t forget to interact in the physical world as well: post flyers in your old location a month before your move-out date, talk to customers entering your business and let them know in person that you are planning on relocating. Communicating effectively is also important within your team and with the services you’ve hired to help make your move. Open communication can help avoid delays and can prevent small misunderstandings from growing into huge obstacles.

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John is a serial entrepreneur and writer who is passionate about helping small businesses launch and grow. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.