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Top Tips for Moving From Home to Office

13 November 2017 No Comment

According to  Real Business working from home is not just for lifestyle but a competitive advantage too. Having a home office is an advantage as you get to save on rent, save on time and gas spent while commuting to the office and you have flexible hours. However, even with such convenience, most businesses are at one point forced to leave home and rent space elsewhere. If your home office no longer accommodates your business well, consider the following tips for moving to a new workplace: 

Location Checklist
When selecting a new office location, you have to choose wisely. You need a location that is affordable but still portrays a good image for your business. In addition to that, the location should be easily accessible. Being close to your client base gives you an advantage.

Do a research on the local market to identify the most strategic location for your business. This is because you will find that some areas in the market are dominated by specific products. In this regard, you need to check where your competitors are located and choose an area that will give you an advantage over them.

Storage Requirements
If you have office supplies that you don’t use every day, then you will have to look for an office that has a storage facility. If there is no storage room on the premises, consider a building that is located close to a self-storage centre. Renting a self-storage unit ensures that your office space is not congested. There are a number of self-storage centres in the UK, offering affordable services with 24-hour access. Some of these facilities will even accept deliveries on your behalf and store them safely.
Communicate to Clients
Once you have made a decision to move, communicate with clients about your intentions to move from home to office. If you have any business partners, lawyers and suppliers, make sure that they are informed as well. Give them details of your new address and the date you intend to move. If you have a company website and social media profiles, update them with your new address.
Backup
Before you start packing, create a backup for all your files. As much as you will be packing and moving safely, it is good to have a backup. An accident could happen, causing damage to your files. Loss of data and information can be a big blow to your business. Most importantly, clients may sue you for lost data and information.

Packing 
As you pack, you should label each box. Labels make your documents and equipment more organized for easy unpacking. You can use Blick labels to identify every boxes content, which will make the unpacking process a lot faster.  that you need to unpack sooner. Packing small items together will help save on space. If you happen to have filing cabinets, don’t empty them. Just lock the cabinets as this saves time and packing boxes.

Use a Relocation Agent
Using a relocation agent can help you save when moving to a new office. Relocation agents will give you guidance on business rent and rates, and pricing forecast for refurbishment.

Conclusion
Moving from home to an office is a bold step that marks the beginning of a new chapter for your business. With more working space, you will be able to expand and take your company to the next level. For a successful transition from home to office, ensure that you plan well in advance and consult with professionals where necessary.

 

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