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When a small business is finally making enough to employ more people – and can keep running even if you need time off, it is time to consider your next steps. Many small businesses function perfectly well in their home base for years, but growth means moving after a while.
Office space of your own is a big commitment and one that should be considered deeply before you make the jump.
But! If you have already decided it is the right time, here are some tips to help you make a smooth and enjoyable transition.
It is super difficult to go from a home office to an office space without any planning. It is the planning that will allow you to make a smooth transition and take care of your clients at the same time.
Ideally, you will have a run-in of about two months, but longer works just as well. The longer lead time will give you more of a chance to arrange things like affordable furniture removalists, new furniture deliveries, internet hookups, and more.
You need to make sure that you are fully prepared about what you need for the new property. All furniture needs to be moved or bought new and this all needs to be sorted before employees can start working in the new space. As well as this, you need to make sure that the new property and the business are protected by any means necessary. This means looking at things such as public liability insurance, security cameras, health and safety procedures and so on. You need to be covered on all fronts in order to make this move worth it.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your office most likely won’t be moved in one either. However, you do need it to be as swift as possible so that you don’t have too much downtime and your clients are impacted by your move.
Use all of the available help, paid for, and friends and family to help you get from a to b without a hitch.
One of the worst things that can happen is that any of your shipments end up in your old location or arrive at your new location before you are there.
It can be helpful to make a list of everything that is registered to your current address and notify them of all of the moving date.
Set a reminder that you will need to update your website and newsletter addresses after you move too.
The chances are pretty high that the building manager for your new office will have a cleaning crew already arranged – or the office will be part of the regular cleaning. If you want to head in and give the space a clean yourself, or perhaps arrange your own deep clean, have a chat with the owners.
Ahead of moving, as you are packing up, it is a great chance to declutter anything that you have been keeping in your home office that isn’t going to be used in your new space.
Decluttering is also the best way to reduce the amount of space you will take up in a moving van too – ultimately saving your cash.
As your small business grows it can be an exciting step, and moving into an office can be the next big step in your business journey. It can allow you to take more face-to-face meetings with clients, support your future business goals, and can be used as a marker of success.
If you aren’t ready to move to an office space, don’t worry! Here are some great tips about how you can create an energy-efficient home office: Helpful Tips To Make Your Office More Energy Efficient.
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