Making a Successful Office Move
When a business first starts out, the office space isn’t necessarily that important. As long as it’s big enough to fit in the core personnel, there’s no need for anything big. It’s not uncommon for small businesses to stay in the same small office for years – but if there’s growth, there should probably be a move.
If your small business is expecting growth, or if there’s the requirement for additional staff, staying inside a poky little office isn’t good enough. Making the move from one office to another can be a daunting task, but if it’s done right, it doesn’t have to disrupt business too much.
Here are the main things to think about when considering an office move.
It’s not too early to plan
An office move can be pretty complicated, but leave it too late and you could end up losing potential business. Work out what kind of growth is expected according to previous year’s profits, and make an informed and researched decision on whether you might need more staff in the forthcoming months.
Make someone the office coordinator
To make things easier, an office coordinator should be appointed to oversee the move. Choose someone who is good at organising people and someone dedicated to making the move as smooth as possible.
Keep employees informed
At every step of the way, keep your current employees informed of the move. Let them know if the cost of the move could affect their bonus, and reassure them regarding their job security.
Remember bigger isn’t always better
Make sure the new office you choose is appropriate to the kind of growth you expect; otherwise you could end up paying more for a big space that doesn’t get used.
Take legal advice
When signing documents and leases, don’t do it without legal advice. Your property solicitor can run you through the finer details, but it’s important that you understand your liabilities and responsibilities regarding a new office space.
If you haven’t taken stock of all office equipment, do it now. Make a note of everything, from furniture to computers, so that when the move is complete you know if anything is missing. This is especially important for sensitive documents and data.