If your small business is relocating this winter, the last thing you want to be is stuck out in the rain, watching your boxes get soggy as you run around trying to tie up loose ends. With a bit of forward planning, and these five moving must haves, Grace can help make moving your small business more manageable so that you don’t get left out in the cold.
1. A Relocation Plan
Moving a small business can be daunting. There’s a lot to do, and as the owner, it may all fall to you to organise it all. The good news is, with the right preparation, you can cut the stress, minimise downtime and make your move as painless as possible. Firstly, grab a pen and create checklists of what needs to be done. Decide what tasks can be outsourced and work out how your company can stay up and running during the move. A Grace Project Manager can help you develop a relocation plan so that you can focus on the finer details.
2. A Good Clean
Rather than just chucking everything into a box and carting it to your new premises, use the relocation as an opportunity to sort, clean up and declutter. Make sure all of your documents are filed away correctly, donate any old furniture or equipment that isn’t being used and throw away any broken or worn out stationery. In a nutshell – only pack things you actually use and you’ll be a step ahead in streamlining your new office.
3. A Packing Strategy
Make sure you’ve got all the things you’ll need for packing including sturdy boxes of different sizes, packing tape, labels and marker pens. If you have a lot of equipment, use your sketching skills to draw a plan of your new premises. With your plan in hand, assign each area a number and label your boxes to match – that way you’ll know exactly where each box needs to go when it’s time to unpack.
4. Use An Expert
Save your back and fragile equipment by making your move with an expert. Whether you’re shifting from floor to floor, building to building or state to state, Grace has 40 branches across the country and a range of options to make moving easy. No matter the size of your business, when you move with Grace, your office equipment will get to the other end safely and efficiently.
5. A Transition Plan
To help you get back to business as soon as possible, you’ll need to have a plan in place for your transition phase. Let all your clients and suppliers know about your move, arrange assistance for any employees who might also need to relocate, and put extra customer support in place during the moving period. If you keep all the relevant people in the loop, you’ll be able to get on with business much quicker.
Moving a small business is a big operation, but with Grace on your side you can make sure your move is safe and secure, with minimal downtime.