Moving your business to a new location is similar to moving into a new home in many aspects. You could be moving to access new markets, be in a better area to drive sales, occupy a larger space, or save on expenses. Regardless of your reasons, it takes much planning.
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ProAce International Moving and Storage shares some of the things you should be aware of before your move include:
Inform Your Customers Your Business Is Moving
Remember to tell your clients that you’ll be moving the business to a new location. You should also update your promotional materials. You can try:
- Mailing address cards to key account holders and clients.
- Notifying clients and customers via email. If you have a long client list, you can automate this process.
- Printing new business cards before you move. You can print out a few, just in case, you’ll need to update information such as the phone number of your new home.
- Update the printed promotional and marketing materials, like brochures. You can redesign them to include any ideas you might have had before.
Communication Network in the New Location
Communication will be necessary during the trial period of your business in the new location. Ensure that your home broadband and television packages are active and well-functional to save you some headaches. If you are experiencing internet issues, you can use your personal device to create a personal hotspot for the other devices.
Acquiring New Devices
Your home office requires work to create the perfect working environment. It’s important to separate work activities from leisure. A new location is a great opportunity to invest in furniture and gadgets that will enhance the performance of your business.
Finding the balance between your personal life and your work life can be challenging when working from home. Don’t forget to appreciate your family, visit local attractions and arrange some time for yourself.
Outsourcing Some Procedures
Hiring remote freelancers to deal with some administration work is a good idea, even for a small business. This will reduce the pressure on you, allowing you to manage relocation and get back to work in the shortest time possible.
You can also hire ProAce International to essentially get you from point A to point B without much fuss. They offer full-service moves across the country and even the world, which may include packing, storage, and even loading and unloading.
Focus on New Audiences
Regardless of your line of business, a new hometown can be beneficial to your business as it offers you access to new audiences. Engage the local community by participating in local shows or events, and use print media to drive up your sales.
Maintain an Online Presence
Keeping an online presence is vital for any business. Ensure you update your location details on your website and social media platforms. Consider using SEO strategies to build a local presence in the new location.
Seek Financial Relief
You can get financial relief in many ways. For instance, when filing your taxes, you can claim the funds you used to upgrade your home for business purposes. You can also choose to seek external financing options. You can apply for a small business loan or business grant. Another option you have is to look for angel investors who are willing to invest in your business. You can talk to venture capitalists or use a crowd-funding platform to raise funds.
Of course, the best financial relief is being able to avoid needing it in the first place. Stay on top of your operational expenses, including payroll, to have a better understanding of where your business stands financially at all times. Payroll, in particular, can be tricky — you really need to know the process intimately to be able to calculate wages, taxes, deductions, and more accurately, as well as keep to a payroll schedule, make sure your staff are properly classified, and pay and report taxes on time. It’s a lot of work, yes, so refer to this step-by-step from Quickbooks to keep you on track.
Work Hard, Stay Positive
The initial period after moving can be challenging for your business. Stay positive, and remain committed to your success despite any challenges you may face. Above all, let ProAce International Moving and Storage take much of the work and headaches of moving off your hands. Reach out for a quote today! Toll Free: 1-877-963-7283