Moving Your Home Based Business Seamlessly

For those that work from home managing a business, the move to a new house can create a bit of stress. Often times business owners will misplace an important document or much needed supplies that can hinder continued practices. If you’re selling products from home using an eCommerce site, losing inventory could lose a sale. How do you go about moving your home-based business efficiently allowing you to quickly get back to work once the last box is unpacked?

1. Categorize the Packing – Keep your business functionality separated. This means you don’t want to pack eCommerce inventory items with random stuff. It could make for a confusing search if you sell something you can’t find. Keep the desk items together, files in a separate box and other tools in their own area.

2. Inventory the Boxes – When you begin packing your boxes, create a list of the inventory within each. Even if the item is as small as a pen, you’ll never know what you may need immediately. While some people may write this list onto the box itself, others will put the inventory in a notebook. Either of these methods can be ideal to keep you informed of what you have.

3. Loading the Truck – If your business is still active during the move, you want to load those boxes last. This will allow you to keep them in an area that is easy to get to in the event you need a file, information or product. This will help keep you efficient when moving.

4. Unloading the Truck – Since the business boxes were added last, they should be the first thing to be unloaded. Place these near the door or other inconspicuous place that is easy to get to in the event you need to get into them. You don’t want to bury these boxes under all of the others and/or furniture that you are unloading from the truck.

5. Backing Up Important Files – If you have a home-based business, you may have files that you need access to continuously. Using free backup services such as iDrive, you can synchronize online folders and save those important documents in the Cloud. This means you can have access to those files from your smartphone or tablet without setting up your computer in the event you need them for a client.

6. Office Equipment Completely Separate – Another method of remaining efficient while moving is to transport your home business equipment and supplies prior to the move. You could essentially have your business up and running in the new location before loading personal belongings onto the truck.

7. Addresses – If you use social media or shipping methods for your home-based business, don’t forget to change the addresses of your online and offline accounts. This can make a great difference in your future marketing practices as many tools and information are available to you depending on your location.

While many of these ideas may seem like common knowledge, home based business owners tend to forget the essentials. Whether it is due to the time constraints of a move or the stress of making sure everything is packed up, sometimes things can easily slip the mind. Try to keep focused when it comes to moving your business. You could save yourself lost income if everything is in its proper place.

Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.

How To Organize Yours Moving Truck For Your Move

How to organise a large removal van when moving house

Planning the layout of how you will pack your furniture and boxes into a large removal van is an essential first step to consider when moving house!
Thinking about this right from the start will ease the entire process and will ensure the highest level of safety too.

Before the process of packing begins, ensure boxed items are labelled clearly with the room they belong to and any furniture to be taken apart has been
fully dismantled. Any screws, nuts and bolts from furniture can be stored in tupperware or biscuit tins and kept together, clearly labelled as to what they
belong to. Once your van has arrived, begin moving items out onto the street and begin the process of packing!

First – Pack all heavy appliances in first. This can include the fridge, freezer, dish washer, cooker, oven, washing machine and so on. Being as far
forward as possible means the heavier items are closer to the engine which makes life easier and safer for the truck and its driver. Remember, it is always
best to store appliances the right way up.

Second – Separate out all things that can be used as cushioning or padding. This can include cushions, blankets, towels, pillows, mattresses, duvets or
curtains. First, you may wish to wrap any of these for their own protection from dirt or damage. Have a roll of duct tape handy to aid in wrapping these
objects. Tape can also be handy in wrapping certain delicate pieces of furniture with towels or blankets, including mirrors or large ceramics.

Third – Pack longer, larger pieces of furniture along the sides of the van. This can include sofas, wardrobes, drawers, cabinets and the odd chaise longue!
It can also include long pieces of furniture that have been taken apart for transport including bed frames and book shelves. Any pieces of furniture that
include drawers are best packed with drawers facing the sides of the van to minimise the chance of
them opening in transit. Taping drawers shut is a good idea, although if you are worried about marking the furniture use rope or cables instead to secure
some kind of padding, either blankets or a mattress.

Fourth – Bring in the boxes! Normally a large truck will allow for three levels of storage. Ideally load
your lowest level with the heaviest boxes, the middle level with slightly lighter boxes and the top level with the lightest boxes. It’ll be far easier if
all boxes are the same size, keeping each level roughly the same height.

Fifth – Now bring in the remaining items to fill any gaps or holes in the van. Use any remaining soft items to cushion and soften any tight packing,
delicate objects or sharp corners. Remember, loose objects are dangerous objects! If you run out of cushioning, use cable-ties or rope where possible to
secure movable objects or layers of packing that might seem unstable.

What happens if you discover the truck is bigger than you need? It is never a good idea to layer your belongings too high in a large truck and leave a
large empty space at the back. This will allow things to shift and move once the van gets going. Instead, do not aim to create as many as three layers but
spread out your packing to create one even layer throughout. You are always aiming to allow for as little movement as possible, so even layers and secure
cushioning will be your best friends at all times.