So you are relocating your business and you may panic. Moving can be a smooth and easy process as long as you devote the time and attention necessary to planning your move in advance.
Below are five tips for moving your business that will make the move much smoother.
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Make sure that you inform your business partners, customers and neighbors about your company’s move in good time. There are several ways you can do this other than just putting a standard sign on your door to alert people of your move. Make sure you use the following options to let the public know about your move:
• Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
• The home page of your website.
• Online company profiles such as Yelp, Google Map Listings, and Merchant Circle.
• Email and post
Keep in mind that if they go to your old location and can’t find you, you might lose a lead or make a customer unhappy.
Computers are far too fragile to risk being damaged during a move. Hire a good computer moving company to safely move your equipment from one location to the next. Remember, your computer contains the most important information for your business. Make sure you coordinate backing up your data with your IT department.
No matter how well you plan your move, it will likely get expensive. You want to save tons of money that you can. You will also want to prep your new space with some new things that you no longer want to replace. Of course, it’s always a good idea to bring the things you need, but don’t bring the things you really don’t need. This is especially true if you are moving your business to a new location with a new image.
Reprinting your business cards and all of your stationery is an opportunity to enhance your image and add a little color and creativity to your look. Save money where it should be saved, but spend money on smart investments.
Make sure to contact your telephone and internet provider beforehand. If you switch providers and use email services like Microsoft Outlook, you may need to reconfigure your corporate email when you move to your new location.
Plan your services such as mail collection, office supplies and water delivery in advance. If you’ve owned your previous location, then you need to plan on turning off your utilities. Likewise, if you are moving to a non-rented location, you must ensure that the utilities are set to truncate by your move-in date.
Make your move an opportunity to reach potential new customers. If you have a marketing department or do your own promotion, take advantage of your move. Highlight the features and benefits of your new location. Try adding some free items and freebies, discounts, or special services with a new promotional item. For the best effect, use a bulk mailing promoting your new location.
It is very important that you plan things well in advance of your move. Always remember to back up your computer information before moving it and always remember to take your customers into account. Gentle reminding them to be patient while you move and let them know you will be up and running in no time and look forward to them visiting your new location.