So you’ve finally outgrown your current business premises. That poky little office space the size of a postage stamp is now way too small and hampering you from hiring much-needed staff and expanding your startup. This space has served you well, you have fond memories of creating your business vision between these four walls, have had a many a rant to yourself when trying to answer untold numbers of emails and have drunk a ridiculous amount of coffee while sat in your swivel chair. However, the time has come to move on to bigger and better things. Moving to a new premises can be daunting and may fill you with worries of causing major disruption to your business. However, follow these steps, and you’ll embark on a seamless transition between your two workspaces.
It seems pretty obvious, but you must do your research into new premises, their size, the lease price and the location prior to handing in your notice on your current office space. Before you know it, you might be scrambling to locate a new office before your current lease runs out. At the very worst you may have no workspace to speak of, and you might have to resort to working from home. This could leave you unable to maximize on your company’s growth capabilities, and you could endure cash flow problems.
Instead, hold onto your current workspace until you have secured the contract for the next premises. You may have some lease overlap, but this is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Seamless transitions are a rarity; however, this doesn’t mean they can’t occur. If you find that there is a crossover between your two leases, consider putting your equipment, files, and furniture into high-quality storage units. These are secure facilities that can keep all of your work gear safe until you are ready to move it into your new premises. By keeping everything together, you can ensure there is no loss or wastage come move day. You don’t want to be fumbling to find a vital contract days after you move. This is an unprofessional and shoddy practice which creates the wrong impression of your business. Label up your boxes and crates and filing cabinets to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Don’t spend to much time basking in your new office chair or admiring your much-improved office view. You need to hit the ground running so if you moved to accommodate some much-needed staff, get them hired. Utilize the space you have and branch into new niche markets, expand your product range and embark on a new marketing campaign. By continuing to implement your business vision from your new workspace, you will be validating your choice of premises.
Finding the perfect premises in the first place is difficult enough with fierce competition for the most sought after locations. However, if you follow this advice you can be sure of minimal disruption to your working practices come moving day.