When I finally decided to open my own law practice, I planned to stay in the same location for the long haul. Unfortunately, my landlord had other plans, and I needed to move quickly. I got a great deal on a property only a few blocks away, and I made plans to move the business.
Moving wasn't easy, but we succeeded. There were problems that I expected and other problems that I never saw coming. Here are three lessons that I learned from moving my business.
The internet learns slowly
You can update your website and change your business' social media pages. Even so, the internet is going to take a long time to catch up. There are countless internet business directories online, and they're not checking each day to make sure that your listing is accurate. In fact, I still have business-to-business sales people that call to verify that my address is my old address. This can be a big problem when search engine results cancel out what they identify as conflicting information. Thankfully, there are a lot of online resources to help business owners keep their information up to date and avoid potential client loss.
It helps to move over a weekend
Although no one wants to work overtime, you want to stay open during regular business hours. Moving over a weekend can make sure that you don't miss out on clients that want to walk in the door on any given day. One of the first things to do is to make sure that your phones work in your new location. Although it might not always be possible, if you're moving within the same city or area, it helps to keep the same phone numbers. If your old location allows it, post signs that tell customers where you've moved.
Professional movers make a difference
A modern law office uses a lot of technology. We moved computers, media centers and a phone system. Professional movers know how to pack these things so that there's no damage. They've done it hundreds of times before, and they can pack your things much more efficiently than you can. It's worth the cost and logistics to use professional movers. That way, you can get right back to work. It's also helpful to use professional cleaners. Cleaning a work space is the easiest to do before you ever even move in. This can help you get off on the right foot in your new location.
Moving a business is hard work. There are problems that you don't expect and problems that you can see coming from a mile away. Moving to a new location can help you find new clients and create a better work space for your employees. Moving is work, but it can make your business work, too.