Working from a home office allows you to perfectly blend your career goals with your family obligations. Skipping a daily commute allows you more time to spend doing the things you love.
While having a home office offers you more ways to increase your productivity, it does pose a few challenges when you are dealing with a major residential move. Unlike most people who only move a home or their business, you will be doing both at once. Although this can get stressful, it is possible to keep your business and household running smoothly by using these tips to successfully execute a blended move to your new home.
Give Your Employees and Clients a Heads Up
The most effective way to avoid losing critical staff and clients is to let them know that you will be in a temporary state of upheaval. Use your normal method of communication to let them know that you will be moving, and give them any important dates around your move.
Make sure to inform your clients of any changes they should expect during this time, such as a reduced workload or slower shipping times, so they can adjust their plans accordingly. This is also a great time to double check that everyone is up to date on your new address.
Start the De-Cluttering Process
Moving often reveals the clutter in your home. Treat your office as you would any other room in your home, and give each area a critical look to see if there are things that can be purged.
For instance, you may find that you have paperwork that can be scanned and shredded to create space and protect your customers’ privacy. Alternatively, you may have been holding on to outdated electronics for far too long. As you come across things that can be eliminated from your office, simply add a sticky note detailing what you want to do with each item, such as sell or donate. Then, arrange for them to be distributed to their respective places at the same time that you purge the other items in your household.
Backup Essential Files
The best way to protect your critical files is hiring a reputable moving company with experience moving small businesses. But backing up any important data also gives you extra reassurance that your business won’t lose anything crucial in the move.
Digitizing your files is always the ideal way to create backups. While this is good practice in general, it is possible that you have been so busy that digitizing has been overlooked. Schedule time before your move to make sure that all essential documents and files are backed up to either a cloud-based storage program or external hard drive.
Protect Your Office Equipment During the Move
Few things can spell disaster for a home office like a major electronics breakdown. Ask your moving service to pack items such as your printer and home computer or all of your office equipment.
It is also important to make sure that you know how to set everything up again after it has been moved to your new home office. Take pictures of the wiring before everything is dismantled.
Reassess Your Storage Needs
It is common to arrive at your new home office and realize that you don’t have as much space as you did in your old residence. When this happens, arrange for a storage unit that can handle your overflow. This is especially important if your business produces or ships material products.
At Island Movers, we have experience moving small businesses and home offices, so reach out to us for help to make sure your move does not interfere with your business operations.