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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.

Featured photo credit: e-van via manwithavandublin.ie

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Published on April 25, 2019

How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

Have you ever felt limited in your abilities to do something you really wanted to pursue? Maybe it was an ambition you had, or an idea to start something. Perhaps it was an opportunity that came your way, but you weren’t able to take it because something held you back.

Often, we’re unable to progress towards our goals because such obstacles stand in the way. We let our limitations stop or overshadow our abilities to see through to a goal.

Yet, there’s one thing that we rarely think of to use when trying to overcome limitations.

Creativity.

What is Creativity?

When I say creativity, I’m not talking about an innate talent. Creativity is a much needed, but often neglected, skill that everyone has! It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input.

Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

Everything, including brilliant inventions, cannot come from nothing; it all derives from some sort of inspiration. Creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

From this perspective, you can find creativity at play in many areas.

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For example, Mark Zuckerburg rapidly became successful by taking the previously existing concept of social media, and combining it with an incredibly simple interface that appealed to a much wider audience. Uber and Lyft combined the idea of a traditional taxi service with an incredibly efficient smartphone app.

Both of these examples connect different ideas, find common ground amongst the differences, and create a completely new idea out of them.

That’s creativity in a nutshell, and anyone can improve theirs.

Limitations are Actually Opportunities

The advantage of using creativity, is to help you see limitations as opportunities. Take any limitation that you may find yourself facing, is there a way to look at things differently?

Let me illustrate with an example.

On the day of my son’s 5th birthday, my wife and I arranged a party for him at a children’s adventure park. His friends and family were all invited, and the plan was to have a long, fun day out to celebrate.

However, the day didn’t go exactly as planned…

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At Lifehack, we pride ourselves on a healthy work-life balance, so I wasn’t concerned about taking the day off to celebrate. But, on the big day, a call came through to my phone.

It was a manager from Lifehack. He excitedly told me that a group of investors were quite interested in our business proposition, and were wanting to meet later that day.

This was great news! A potential investment could be coming our way. But, I was already miles away from home and the office. Plus, it was my son’s birthday…

I asked if I could call him back once we got settled into the park.

To be honest, I was pretty certain I was not going to be able to make it. Asking to reschedule would be a risky request, but there was no way that I was going to miss my son’s party.

My son could sense something was off, and he asked me what was wrong. So I let him know that I just received a call about a meeting today, but also told him not to worry as today was about celebrating his birthday.

But like all kids, he continued questioning me…

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“But daddy, is it important?”

“No, of course not,” I bluffed.

Then, with childlike intuition and creativity, he asked: “Can’t you just meet with them at the park?”

And, then it struck me! This was the idea that I was missing.

Even though my son didn’t quite understand that it would not be possible for the investors to meet me at the park, it made sense for me to simply do a video call!

I could miss 25 minutes of the party to do a quick call while the rest of the party walked through the aquarium. And, in the end, that was exactly what happened.

I called back my teammate and asked him to briefly explain to the investors why I couldn’t be there in person to meet, but would be happy to join via video. I took the call, and was able to spend the rest of the day at the park with my son.

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Not only did my son enjoy his birthday, his simple idea led to a successful investment meeting that allowed us to get funding for a new project.

This is where I was able to turn a limitation into an opportunity that enabled me to reach my success.

Creativity is One Key to Success

When you use your creative ability to turn your limitations and setbacks into opportunities, you’ll find doors opening for you in areas you may have never imagined.

Remember, your attitude is also important when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. That’s because a positive attitude transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

Check out this article to learn more about how you can tune your attitude towards positivity.

So, the next time you’re feeling limited by your abilities, setbacks or challenges, don’t give up. Really look at the situation, and see how you can leverage on your creativity to find an alternative solution.

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