Moving the Small Business Small businesses have long created the backbone to the American economy. Individual entrepreneurs strive daily to make their small businesses grow and be successful. Often the efforts of these individuals pay off and they begin to see their business grow and develop into something larger. When a small business experiences this type of growth, the common result is the need for a change of location.
Location, Location, Location Moving a small business from one place of business to another is often seen as a positive. Often, if a small business has to change physical locations it is because the success of the enterprise has outgrown its original housing accommodations. But moving office locations, while again usually seen as a good sign of the success of the business, can still be a difficult and trying task for the owners and operators of the small business. The process of changing locations of business can be made easier, however, if the owner will follow a few general guidelines on how to properly move an office. The first thing that a small business owner must consider when moving their office or business location is the customer. Customers drive business of any sort, and leaving them in the dark about the upcoming move can spell disaster for the future of the business. Informing the public about the upcoming move well in advance will allow returning customers to prepare themselves for the move of the business. Beyond flyers and notifications in the office building itself, small business owners can inform their clients that a change in location is coming through the companyâ€™s website and social media pages.
Update Your Info Along with the general public, a small business owner will want to inform all the necessary authorities that they are changing their business location. Governmental institutions such as the stateâ€™s department of labor or commerce will want to be informed of the change of address of the business as will power companies and other utility providers. With all entities informed of the upcoming move, a small business owner can begin to take the necessary steps for the actual move itself. And yes, this means some grunt work and labor, planning and still more preparation.
Manage the Move The transition to a new business location will go smoother if an employee is assigned to be in charge of the move. This person in charge can be the owner themselves or another responsible employee, but by having someone assigned to the labor, the move itself will go much better. A small business owner may also wish to consider hiring a professional office moving company to assist them in the actual changeover of materials and supplies. Office moving companies specialize in moving office equipment and supplies for transitioning business and will therefore be able to greatly aid the small business owner in their move. If, however, a small business wishes to move offices by themselves, it is important for the company to remember that they are moving their assets and not simply just some supplies. Computers, for example, are both expensive and vital to the work of much small business and should therefore be moved extremely cautiously and with great care to avoid needless damage. Photo Credit: Legozilla, DarthNick, Jose Betancur via PhotoPin cc