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.

The Lazy Persons’ Guide To Moving Into A New Office

The prospect of moving to a new place, a new neighborhood is almost the same as bungee jumping from an aircraft. Yes, the emotions are mixed. This holds more truth if you’re a lazy person who would want nothing more than just laze all day on that couch which needs to be cleaned and made ready to move, by the way.

Yes, your life IS difficult. And yes, you’re one of those last minute guys.

Chill out. We won’t do the moving for you, but we can certainly walk you through it; actually, cakewalk you through it. All thanks to our precious guide, you can ace the packing and moving in seven days flat!

Note of caution: some physical moving will be required. Oh come on, it’s about time.

Day 1: Be the man with a plan

Just sit there with your laptop, MacBook, smartphone or whatever you’re into, and start. Make a list- one that covers everything right from setting up the new forwarding address to utilities to packing supplies to deciding how to compartmentalize the packing. Yes it’s time consuming, but hey, it’s not that exhausting. Plus, it’ll work wonders in simplifying the rest of the move.

Day 2: Truck it out

You just cannot move everything on your own. Hire a local truck for the purpose. It’s faster and you have maximum control on things. Availability and pricing is of absolute importance. So we suggest you hire a truck the day you realize you have to move, but because you’re the lazy one, you can call them on Day 2. It’ll be more helpful if you decide to make the move on a weekday. Shop online, check reviews, call the friends and ask them to put you through a good company. In addition to everything else, make sure the trucking company gives you insurance. You can’t do anything these days without insurance. Oh and negotiate, always.

Day 3: Segregate

Divide your things into EXACTLY two things, the ones you need and the trash. That’s it; no maybes, no in-betweens. How do you decide if you really need something? Well, it’s simple; if you haven’t used it in over a year, you won’t use it again. This will cut down your packing task by a great margin, and make everything way too easier.

Day 4: More segregation

Don’t crib. Now that the first stage of the segregation is done, move further. Separate things according to their rooms, so that you can unpack them accordingly, as opposed to having to go through a treasure hunt of sorts later.

Day 5: Boxing day

When you have everything separated as per its respective room or purpose, boxing it up is amazingly easy. Just be careful with the fragile things. Whether it’s domestic or office moving, label all boxes as fragile; contents irrespective, if you want to keep them from damage. Yes, it may make you look like a mad scientist, but that’s okay. As you’re proceeding with this, bring out that checklist you made on Day 1, and cross-check. This will help you know instantly what is exactly where.

Day 6: Team Beta

You may be taking some silent satisfaction in playing one man army. However, honestly, in a moment like this no help is too much. Gather the family, the friends and anyone who’s willing to help. Delegate each one a specific task, if you will. One party handles the fragile, another carries the books, another all the electronics, while another ensures the new office is clean and ready, and also oversees the pizza delivery. Well, you get our point.

Day 7: Move!

Finally! Everything is boxed up and ready. The truck is here. The teams have taken position. Now, to the new office! Yes, this is an emotional moment. But, you’ve said your farewell. Kiss that old floor and door goodbye. Hop into the truck, crank up the radio and drive away.

What next?

Whether your new office is a few hours or days away, the one thing you should do the moment you enter is put the boxes in their designated rooms. What next? Easy. Now just sit back and enjoy the pizza! You’ve done very well so far, let’s leave the rest for another day.

 

 

Shruti Vaghe, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger. She likes to bake and read in her spare time.You can also follow her on twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

When Is The Perfect Time To Relocate Your Business?

planning an office moveIf you are a businessman or woman, you may find yourself thinking about relocating your business. If you own a store, you may wish to relocate towards the centre of a city where it is busier and more people will be able to come to your store. If you are a professional who owns an office then you may wish to move to a location that is bigger so that you can expand your business. No matter what the reason for relocation is, it is a big decision that requires a lot of planning and preparation.

The big P – also known as planning, is the key to every mission you embark on, no matter how small or large. By planning ahead, you will be able to succeed in a way that is least distressing and may even end up saving you some time and money!

So let us assume that you have decided to relocate your business. You are in the planning process and are answering the fundamental questions “When, why and how?” and find yourself struggling to answer the first question. Sometimes the hardest thing about planning a move is knowing when to schedule it for.

This article will provide you with all the necessary dos and don’ts that should help you pick the perfect time to relocate your business.

The key is to remove at a time when you are not busy or have a huge workload. If you own a store, chances are that it will be busy around festive occasions such as Christmas. It is therefore not a good idea to be planning a move during that time, since you will be losing out potential clients and money (which is not good for a business).

Similarly, if you are planning on having an office move when the workload is huge, you are going to have workers who will struggle to complete the work, possibly resulting in the loss of business or a client. It is therefore crucial that you try to pick a time that will not result in any major losses.

Another thing you need to consider is moving companies. Moving companies change their prices according to peak removal periods which are usually in the warmer months of the summer season. Not only is this going to be the busiest time for removers, meaning that you may not end up getting a date, but it is also the most profitable time for removers since they charge significantly more, meaning that you could end up paying more than you would during other months.

Always ensure that the moving company is available on the day that you wish to relocate offices/stores etc. This is to avoid any last minute nasty surprises. There is no use packing everything up and getting ready for a move if the moving company is not available to cater to your needs on the big day. Not only is it going to cause a loss to your business, but it will also cause frustrations amongst your team.

Planning a move is crucial to make sure that it is a success. Among answering questions such as “how should we relocate?” and “where shall we move to?” one of the most difficult decisions to make is knowing when exactly to remove all your items. There are many factors that contribute to finding the perfect time for your relocation, so make sure that you take them all into consideration before making your decision.