Relocating your business can be a stressful time, particularly as there is a lot to consider, but by planning in advance and spending your money wisely, you can reduce the stress and make the process a highly successful one. In this article, we will be giving you some insight into what to consider before you relocate your business.
One of the biggest elements to consider when considering an office relocation is the budget that you have available. As a business, it is important to ensure that you are making decisions that are in the best interest of the workforce as well as the current financial status of the business. Though it may seem tempting to relocate at this time, it may be better to redesign your existing office instead as this can be a cost-effective short-term solution should you find your finances too restrictive to conduct a full relocation. With the average office in Paris costing anywhere between €300 – €1000 per month, it may be beneficial to find an office space slightly out of the city as this can help to reduce the cost.
It is also important to consider the technology that your team will need when they arrive at their new destination. Whether this is relocating the office to the heart of France, or to elsewhere in the UK, you will need to decide if you will be taking computers with you or buying brand new computers for a new office. If you have room in your budget to update the technology that you are using, it is then important to ensure that you have a plan in place to remove all the old computers from the previous office.
Similar to the process of removing the computers, it is important to consider the office furniture and whether or not you will be keeping this. If you decide not to take the office furniture with you during the relocation process, there are options such as storage solutions that can keep them elsewhere, wither until you need them or when you decide to sell them. This is particularly beneficial if you are looking to set up an office in France as well as in the UK as you can then use this furniture further down the line.
A Moving Plan
When you have a plan in place for your existing office, it is then important to begin to piece together a moving plan. Though this can be a time-consuming process, it is important to ensure that you have everything in place to make it as seamless as possible. Whether this is painters and decorators to customise the new office or a moving team to help you move everything out of the old office, this all needs to be organised in advance to ensure the process is as seamless as possible. If you are looking to move your office to France it may then be beneficial to look at the different style of freight you may require as prices can differ significantly. Though Sea freight is often time cheaper when looking to transport belongings, you will need a minimum of a month for it to arrive as this tends to rake significantly longer than air freight. However, sea freight could be better suited when moving office furniture as you can send more in bulk and save yourself money in the long term.
Internet Connection And Phone Lines
The final key point to consider is the internet connection and phone lines that you will need for the new office space. This is important to set up immediately as contacts can take a while to be approved depending on your provider. During this time, it is also crucial that you terminate the contracts within your old office to avoid paying double as a result. This is important to do as terminating contracts can take time as there could be termination fees for cancelling early. In addition to this, it is important to organise the internet and phone lines in the new office. Though there are connections pre-existing in the French business park, you will need to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.
Whether you are considering a relocation for your business, or you are just reviewing your options at this time, having a clear plan in place with a designated budget will help to reduce stress and make your move a success.
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