Relocating your business is a complicated process, but in a lot of cases it will be the best solution in the long run. Location can be crucial to success in any business, even if you don’t think it’s that relevant to the product or service you offer, and you’ll do better later on if you make the right decision now.
However, that doesn’t necessarily make the moving process any easier for you in the short term. Hopefully, this list of tips will help with that part of the plan. You will need to be prepared and flexible at every stage if you want to ensure this works effectively and efficiently.
1) Think about hiring a professional team to help as soon as possible. Many logistics companies specialise in office relocation and removals, so they can help you plan out your move in advance.
2) Make sure you consider your objective. Why are you moving? What does your business need to get it where it needs to be in a few years’ time? Is your move addressing any current problems? Whether you’re cutting down your fixed costs, expanding your workforce, moving closer to your customers or any other reason, you need to make sure your actions reflect this motivation.
3) Did we mention planning? Just a few times, maybe, because it really is important. You might need to adapt and be flexible, but that’s why you don’t just make one rigid plan. You think about what might happen and prepare for every eventuality. For this task you will need a realistic timeline of when you want to be settled in the new office, what it needs to offer, what it’s going to cost and so on.
4) Make sure everyone affected by the move is involved in the process and, where possible everyone is in agreement about all of the points we’ve mentioned so far. People’s responsibilities in terms of helping make the move go as smoothly as possible should always be made clear.
5) Don’t let problems and setbacks delay the entire process too much. If something else comes up early on, you might decide it’s best not to move right now, but when will there ever be a perfect time? You might need to disrupt your own business on purpose for a short time in order to start reaping the benefits faster.
6) Use moving as an opportunity for your business to grow in every sense. Clear out clutter that takes up your work space. Update your equipment to maximise efficiency. Encourage people to work together on the project, build on their relationships and learn to communicate better. In the end, it should all work out for the best as long as you stay focused on your office move.