There are more and more people these days running small businesses out of their home where location seems to play no part in their success. Others want to be in that key location to increase their business and realize that moving up means moving out. Whatever side of the business world you're on, moving your company takes a lot of planning and preparation. Whether you're leaving behind the clinic for a little office of your own in a smaller town or are just switching to a larger office down the street, here are some tips that might make your move go more smoothly.
If you're moving your business to improve it in some way, make sure that your new location reflects that. Business owners choose to move to open themselves up to a new market, gain access to a qualified larger work force, or lower their costs, among other things. You want to take the time to fully research your potential new location and make sure that it is a place where you can take your business with you or find new customers quickly and easily. If you're a family dentist, for example, you're most likely going to lose some of your clientele if you move all the way across the city. It may be better to find somewhere close to where you already are.
Cost is a major concern in any business, whether that means what you're paying for your lease or how much you're able to charge for your products. If you're switching cities, you want to check out the cost of living in your new location. Let's say you're currently doing wedding rental and you're interested in relocating to Ottawa. You want to find out if you can charge as much for your services within this city as you did in your last. You'll want to figure this out before deciding what you can afford as a new location.
Make sure that you check out the economic development services in your new area. A new location means you need to start networking all over again. There is services set up by the city of Ottawa to help new businesses find their place in the city. If you were part of a group of photographers and are now going out on your own in Ottawa they may be able to set you up with local wedding planners or point you towards advertising possibilities. These services can be a great help to new local businesses.
Lastly, don't be afraid to enlist the help of a local real estate agent when deciding on your business's location. Whether you're an event planner Toronto or a specialty storeowner from a different area of the city, they can help you find the perfect place for you within your budget.