There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to moving your business, whether it’s a public-facing location that receives regular guests such as clients or customers or serves as home base for employees.
Here are five steps you need to take to ensure smooth sailing when moving your business.
1. Create a Committee When Moving Your Business
Moving a business is too big a job for one person. Pull together a team comprising leaders from key departments — operations, IT, HR, marketing — who can rally their troops to help ensure as smooth a move as possible.
2. Communicate Early and Often
When it comes to ways of announcing that you are moving your business, there’s no shortage of options:
- An announcement on your website
- Social media posts
- Buck slips in recurring mailings (invoices, etc.)
- Postcards to clients
- Updated stationery
- Notices through chambers of commerce
Make sure you don’t get so caught up in external communications that you neglect internal communications. It’s an anxious time for your employees, too; regular updates about the move can help calm things down.
3. Conduct a Wireless Site Survey
We’ve all come to expect fast and efficient wireless connectivity everywhere we go. Make sure your new business can accommodate that expectation among your employees, clients, and guests. Among other things, a wireless site survey helps identify any potential issues with the location’s construction materials (certain types of which, like brick and metal, can interfere with wireless signals) or wireless networks from neighboring businesses.
4. Start on Signage Early
If your new business location provides prominent building or street signage, identify and contract with a reliable sign company far in advance. The critical component here is “reliable.” If yours is a business that receives visits from the general public, clients, or both, the last thing you want to do is open at your new location without prominent signage.
The signage company should be responsible for checking city ordinances on signage size, location, and lighting. Different municipalities have different sign codes; make sure you understand what they are before any issues crop up.
5. Throw a Party After Moving Your Business
Depending on the type of business you’re in, an open house celebration — once everyone is settled into the new location — might be a good idea. It’s an easy part of the process to pass up; planning a party requires real effort and a post-move party might not be high on anyone’s to-do list. But any opportunity to help secure the new location in the minds (and smartphone map apps) of clients and customers is one you need to seize.
Choose the Right Movers
Don’t make your move harder than it needs to be; go with EZ Moving and Storage. We’ve helped many businesses set up shop in new locations and are ready to help you. Get started with a fast and free quote today!