Moving a business can be a voluntary or involuntary decision. Expansion or strategic positioning are some of the top reasons businesses move. When done well, businesses can reap great rewards. If floods, insecurity, poor property owner relationship or any other unfortunate reason are forcing you to move, you may not have time for an elaborate plan. However, you should not discount the importance of following the following steps of moving to a different location.
Shop for a location
It is the most important thing that you must do as a business owner or manager. The wrong choice can cripple your business. The decision must be spot on if it is to yield maximum benefits. Look at accessibility, suitability, customer experience, space sizes, expansion, loading space, zoning, and taxes.
Critically appraise the decision to move and the location
Why are you relocating? Answer this critical question satisfactorily. Are you moving because you want to be closer to supportive businesses? Are you moving towards your shifting customer base? The decision has to be backed by strategic data or information. Also, critically appraise your options. Do feasibility, strategic and market studies.
Decide a suitable location that fits your budget and needs
Your new site should support your business goals. If your business needs access to mass traffic, ensure that you have precisely that. Sometimes you will not get the exact location you have in mind, but don’t try to make a place fit your target profile. Ensure that your new location ticks in all ‘must have’ boxes. It should also come with a reasonable budget.
Plan for the move
It is another crucial thing when it comes to moving businesses. Such a plan will include the budget, timelines, and resources to use. Further, plan how to handle business disruptions. Contingencies and mishaps are inevitable; prepare for them. Business continuity is crucial at this time. Look for ways to move at a time when you will least disrupt normal business functions. Move during business downtime.
Most businesses only keep a list of consumables and business stock. Take inventory of everything including office supplies, furniture, electronics, departments, and digital assets. Your website, social media accounts, automation platforms, and other invisible assets are often left out.
Notify all business contacts
Suppliers, staff, contractors, business community, customers and authorities ought to know that you are moving. Let the local cleaning service contractor know you are moving so that he or she can know how to serve you better in the new location. Notify the community so that referrals can land at your new door and not the former location.
It is simple as it can get; you have to update virtually everything. Your website, social media, mailbox, phone numbers, marketing campaign items including paid search, citations, business listings, and automatic payments must be updated accordingly. Failure to do that will direct customers to the wrong location. In addition, suppliers and contractors who service you will have a tough time interacting with you.
Hire a professional mover
Moving companies that specialize in planning, packaging and transporting businesses can help you tidy up things. They know how to move sophisticated items such as machinery, plant, and equipment. They know how to move IT service, data, and such delicate business assets.
Replace broken and outdated items
Some minimal breakages can occur before, during and after moving. Inventory will help you tick all the items that are intact and those that need replacement. Moving time can also be a good time to upgrade. Do some upgrades to critical things such as the front office.
Get the right packaging tools
Part of the reason you bring professional movers is that they have experience in this sort of things. They know what packaging resources are needed for the job. They may even come with some of the tools. If they don’t, procure them on time.
Moving your business from one location to another depends on how systematic and organized you are. It will call upon you to be meticulous in your planning and execution. It will test your ability to track your business inventory and updates.