Tips for When You Relocate Your Office

Moving your business is widely considered one of the single-most stressful life events for small-business owners.Add to that the prospect of losing valuable work time, and you can understand why entrepreneurs try to get out of town when the business remodels, relocates or redecorates.

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Photo: Marc/Flickr

As your business continues to grow you may have to consider whether or not your current office space is applicable with your long-term ambitions. You might be struggling to increase staff numbers due to a lack of space or you might just require something a bit more modern to improve the atmosphere.

Whatever your reasons are for moving on, you always need to consider the fact that transferring your already well structured office plan over to a new location requires a huge amount of planning.

What’s more, you need to ensure that the particular property you’ve chosen to host your business has all the necessary facilities to improve your working environment, whilst also making sure that you don’t pay over the odds.Here are a few useful tips to consider once you decide to put your relocation plan into action.

Expert Help

If you find you’ve got a particularly crowded amount of things to take to your new office, consider getting help from office relocation specialists. As with any company that you work with, make sure that they have a reliable track record and can prove this to you with some testimonials or positive reviews.

Contacting the experts is a good place to start as they can give you the ins and outs of moving to a new office, from the heavy equipment that needs to be transferred through to the vital security requirements that often accompanies office relocation.

What’s Your Budget?

There’s more to an office-move budget than just getting your old things from A to B. You are likely to see an accumulation of costs when you combine all the different services that are required such as installing a new IT and network infrastructure, managing insurance, disposing of old equipment, getting hold of new equipment and finally the removal fees.

It’s always recommended that budgets have a bit of leeway to ensure that you don’t accidentally go over, so take this into account as well whilst adding up the costs.

Informing Your Staff and Your Clients

With so much to do and an incredibly busy schedule, your office move may well create an unwanted barrier between the relocation process and the day-to-day structure of the business. Always keep any clients you have informed about your intentions to relocate as they will need your latest contact details.

Keeping the transition process smooth and efficient is another important aspect of relocating, so keep all your employees informed as well.

A Plan of Action

Visit the new property before you actually make the move so that you can see how your business will change. Another important planning technique is a feasibility study which lets you see how growth is affecting each department.

You can then accurately decide where your departments are going to thrive best in your new environment. Finally, check your dates and aim for a time where things might be a little less exhausting than usual, such as a bank holiday.

About the author:

Mike James is a driven self-starter and entrepreneur and has always run his own companies. With a background in the property finance industry, Mike now focuses on business consultancy and advisory service and also writes about small business issues for Whiteleys Office Furniture.

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