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5 Things for Small Business Owners to Consider Before Moving Offices

5 Things for Small Business Owners to Consider Before Moving Offices

Small businesses often find it difficult to go into long term contracts because of pricey office rents. Tight cash flows and tough competition makes it nearly impossible to have offices set up at in a relatively nice area.

Many start-ups simply operate from garages or drawing rooms in their initial years; however when they start making money and expand their operations, they require a decent space to operate.

Moving to a more economical and business-friendly place is what a small business owner must look for if they want to sustain themselves.

So, here are some tips for small business owners to consider when moving their offices:

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1. Make plans before you move out

One of the most important things to consider when moving your office is whether you are ready for it or not.

There can be many reasons for moving to a new office but if you are not prepared, your efforts can cost you a lot.

Before you move to a new office, make sure you understand what type of office space will be sufficient to fulfill your needs. You need to make plans and take input from others as well.

2. Nominate one person who will oversee the move

If you are not the only employee of your business, nominate at least one employee  as moving coordinator. Give authority to the moving coordinator can help delegate tasks to the other employees. The coordinator can also make lists of the physical assets and estimate costs.

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By selecting a moving coordinator, you are able to relive some of the moving stress off of you.

3. Make sure you move out safely

Moving out safely is important to prevent injuring yourself or the other movers.

Make sure you buy additional trash and recycling bins to ensure all waste papers are properly recycled or disposed of. Especially if your work is mostly paper based, having paper disposal and garbage bins available is important as excess clutter can lead to falls and hamper the moving process.

If required, you may also need paper threshers which can be used to destroy the papers.

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Also, direct your employees to wear gloves during the move. This reduces the chances of paper cuts, contamination, and other physical injuries.

4. Hire professional services

Moving out of your office without a professional mover is nearly impossible. When hiring a professional moving company, make sure you search the local directories and find professional services that are inexpensive and have great reviews.

Since this is your business, make sure you are the one hiring the movers instead of assigning that task to someone else. Don’t be afraid to interview several moving companies and make sure to ask for quotes and compare prices.

Price quotes often do not normally include the packing and moving materials. Items such as boxes, cutters, and other required accessories may be billed separately so always make sure that before you finalize the contract you agree with all the costs involved.

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Make sure you write a contract with the mover that indicates the moving deadlines and moving costs.

5. Communicate with your new landlord

Before moving out, let your new landlord know what day and time you plan on moving in.

Your landlord may need time to prepare the place for the move; therefore, give your new land lord sufficient time.

Also, ask your new landlord if they has any removal services to dispose the moving materials.

Hopefully these tips help you move offices with ease. Remember if you are planning to move out it is critical that you have everything planned out to ensure a smooth transition to your new office.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

Take a minute and think about some of the most successful people you know.

I’d bet they’re great with people, are super-productive, and think differently than most. After all, that’s how they got to be where they are today.

Jealous of them? You don’t have to be.

You can learn these same skills by studying some of the best business and success books that can help you take your game to the next level. Here’re 10 of my favorites:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book that helped to launch a personal growth empire should be required reading for everyone who wants to learn how to build and nurture relationships for a lifetime.

    Read this book and you’ll learn some simple advice than can help you build popularity points within your current network and just as important, expand it to others.

    Get the book here!

    2. Focal Point by Brian Tracy

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      Got a lot on your to-do list? Of course you do. But what separates productive people from others is their ability to focus on a singular task at a time, and getting it done before moving on to the next one.

      Sounds simple in theory, but this can be extremely difficult in practice. In Focal Point Brian Tracy offers tips to help build discipline and organization into your day so you can get more stuff done.

      Get the book here!

      3. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

        Creating a “me-too” product can be easy at the start but can doom you to business failure. That’s why marketing maverick Seth Godin recommends creating a product that is truly different from anything already available in the marketplace.

        In essence by making the product different you’ll be building the marketing into the actual product development…which just makes your actual marketing a helluva lot easier.

        Get the book here!

        4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

          If you’ve struggled with procrastination or small thinking, this is the book for you. In it Schwartz offers practical advice that can help you get inspired and motivated to create a bigger life for yourself. And with it can be a more lucrative and rewarding career.

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          5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

            It can be difficult for lots of people to keep things in perspective, especially when working on high priority and urgent projects at work.

            Man’s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing book in the sense that it can open your eyes to a first-hand experience of one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind, while also teaching a valuable lesson about having purpose.

            Get the book here!

            6. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

              Solo-entrepreneurs can learn a ton from the guy who made lifestyle design popular. But guess what? The 4HWW isn’t just for guys and girls who want to start a small online business.

              Smart moves like outsourcing, following the 80/20 rule, and automating processes should be made by entry-level workers and established executives alike.

              Get the book here!

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              7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                I remember sitting on a couch and opening this book on a Saturday morning, thinking I’d get through a chapter and then get on with my day. Instead, about 12 hours later, I was finished with the book. The concepts in it were mind-blowing to me.

                To think that thoughts can create your reality sounded a little far-fetched at first. But after going through the book and understanding that your thoughts create your beliefs, which lead to actions, which then lead to habits….well you can get where I’m going with this.

                If you focus your thoughts on success, achieving it will be much more likely than thinking about obstacles, failures and everything else that can get in your way.

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                8. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard

                  If you’re going to read one management book in your life, this should be it. It’s simple. You can read it in an afternoon. And the advice works.

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                  9. The Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries

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                    10. The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar

                      The story Randy Komisar shares in the Monk and the Riddle offers advice about not just about how you need to think when starting a new business, but also about how to build a life you’re passionate about.

                      Understanding the technical aspects of launching a start-up is great, but if you don’t have the staying power to stick with it when the going gets tough then it’s not likely to work.

                      This book can help you understand this lesson before you spend blood, sweat and tears on a project that you’re heart isn’t into.

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