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Relocating: A Checklist for the Business Owner

Relocating: A Checklist for the Business Owner
Relocating your business is a big deal. Whether you’re taking your e-commerce business into a brick-and-mortar space for the first time, going from freelancing at home to freelancing in an

Relocating your business is a big deal. Whether you’re taking your e-commerce business into a brick-and-mortar space for the first time, going from freelancing at home to freelancing in an official office space or simply relocating your longstanding company to a new location, there are a few, key things all savvy business owners and entrepreneurs should know about making the next big move.

Look to the Cloud

It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of moving. Don’t miss a beat while your business is relocating. Consider using the cloud. Today’s cloud technology gives business owners and employees access to documents and files from virtually anywhere, from smartphones and tablets to personal computers and laptops. According to 2015 State of the Cloud survey conducted by Right Scale, 82 percent of the businesses that were surveyed reported that they use some sort of cloud service. If you’re considering the cloud, the experts from PCMag suggest implementing cloud services such as DocuSign, Sage One, Gliffy and Salesforce, as these cloud services are great assets for businesses. After using the cloud during your relocation, you might just decide to ditch those old clunky servers that were taking up too much space in your old office.

Think Security

If you’re new to brick-and-mortar or if your business is expanding and growing, you’ve likely not considered your security needs until now. However, keeping a watchful eye on your business is key to your company’s success. Consider a high-tech security system that can monitor all corners of your business space. A comprehensive system can be used for monitoring shrinkage to ensuring that employees adhere to company policies and everything in between.

Prior to installing any type of security system, it’s important to first consider the legal ramifications. Some states allow monitoring and some states do not. Make sure that you’re within the bounds of the rules before installing.

Devise a Plan

In the weeks leading up to the big move, consider devising your new floor plan for the new location. Be thoughtful when you’re putting this plan together. You might even be wise to consider enlisting help and soliciting the opinions of your workforce. Does an open office plan work for your business or would cubicles better serve company productivity. Who gets an office? How many conference rooms will there be in the new space? You should have answers to all of these questions before turning the key at your new location.

Alert the Press

Any big business happenings should be reported to your local magazines, news outlets and newspapers, including your business' relocation to a new workspace, even if you’re just moving across the street or across town. This way public relations professionals, potential clients and the public will know your new address. Plus, it’s a nice way to get your name out there. If you’re not an expert at crafting thoughtful, attention-grabbing press releases, consider hiring a freelancer or agency to write up a compelling announcement. Additionally, press release distribution software can help you get the word out about your business relocation, in addition to other happenings concerning your company.

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