Levi Gantry, World Executives Digest | Moving your base of operations is always difficult. Not only do you have to make a considerable investment towards packing, moving and cleaning the place but it also causes you a turnaround period. During this time, you won’t be able to work at your full capacity (if at all), which means that you will start losing business, perhaps even clients. With this in mind, your two main objectives in relocating are A) doing it as inexpensively and effortlessly as possible and B) doing it as quickly as possible. Here are four tips that may help you achieve both of these goals.
Informing everyone in time
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that this move doesn’t affect just you or your business. There are various interested parties that need to know this and the sooner you inform them the easier this transition is going to be for everyone. First, you need to let your team know that the company is moving. Next, you should inform your landlord, suppliers and partners. Finally, you should tell this to your clients. Although you can just post this on your blog, sending a personal email or even calling some of the most vital people is a nice touch and will be appreciated.
Insurance for your most valuable equipment
In the introduction, we mentioned that you want this move to be as inexpensive as possible. Well, this doesn’t mean just paying less for the move but also not losing much in terms of clients and actual equipment. Some devices in your company’s possessions are simply vital to your operations and you can’t risk having them misplaced or damaged. One of the most common ways of protecting them lies in making sure you take insurance for every major piece of equipment you own. For the rest, make sure you label everything properly and even get a luggage GPS device or two to help you out.
Use this move to your benefit
This move is also ideal for your company to get a bit of a revamp in terms of new equipment. Still, in order to cut the prices of including this to the move, you can simply order some new appliances at your target destinations and figure out what to do with your old ones. The best idea would be to simply sell them but due to the limited time-span across all of this needs to happen, you might not be able to sell absolutely everything. Those items that are still usable but you just can’t get around to sell you can donate.
Finally, keep in mind that you need to leave the place exactly as you found it. For this, you should contact local removalists for professional assistance. For instance, if you are relocating your business from Sydney to Melbourne, you should look for a reliable company dealing in rubbish removal from Sydney to help you out.
Start in time
Everyone knows just how easy it is to forget about something when in a rush. This is why you need to start planning and packing in time. The earlier you start; the more room you have to remember something you would have otherwise forgotten. Furthermore, future landlords and others you will have to negotiate with might sense that you are desperate and try to take advantage of the situation. By starting this process in time, you will have the leverage instead.
Even though every move requires more work than just dealing with these four above-listed tips, they should always be your top priority. By handling them properly, you are significantly decreasing the impact these downsides might have on your business.