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How to Properly Relocate Your Business

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It is hard to find a business that has been on the same premises for decades. As the business world is constantly experiencing change, business people also need to adapt to new trends. Sometimes that means hiring new people and sometimes it means reducing the salaries. Businesses will need to move as well, for different reasons. On such occasions, there are several things that need to be taken special care of.

Asses the New Location
If you are moving because your business is expanding, make sure that the new office meets all the requirements of a growing business, i.e. separate restrooms for male and female workers, a kitchenette where they can make a cup of coffee, as well as sufficient space for keeping all your documents. Also, check if the owners of the apartments or other spaces next to your current premises would like to rent them out.

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Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
Relocating your business is a perfect opportunity to get rid of all the clutter that has been piling up for years. Old documents and notes should be thrown away, but only after thorough examination. Old filing cabinets, overused sofas or scruffy office chairs could be sold on the Internet, so the business owner could return at least some money invested in such items. Any funds gained this way could be redirected for the purchase of new furniture.

Deal with Administrative Duties
Any change in the business should be reported to the proper authorities. Moving a business to a new location has to be reported to the local post office, so as to ensure that your letters are redirected to your new location. The change of address has to be submitted to the local branch of the Small Business Administration (in the US). Don't forget to change your address on all the social media you are registered on. Also, read this list of additional administrative updates when relocating a business.

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Protect What You Are Moving
When you have decided what to throw away and what to sell, you are ready to pack the necessities. Always take special care of fragile items and make sure that they are well insulated, e.g. wrap dishes with newspapers. You could also get a shipping container to store your goods and keep them safe on the way to their new home. They are sturdy and can protect your things from extreme weather conditions.

Inform Employees
Your employees are the core component of your business. They need to be given accurate information about the move, perhaps via a special e-mail with an enclosed list of their duties during the relocation period. It should not come as a surprise that some of them will not be able to work for you anymore if you move your business – sometimes moving to a more exclusive location means losing some of your staff members. Every business owner needs to think hard about the impact of business relocation on their workers, since their dissatisfaction could affect the business itself.

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Economy dictates the tempo and businesses must adapt to it. Even though moving a business is a common thing, businesspeople should take into account all the pros and cons before they start the relocation procedure.

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