A startup business has a lot on its mind. It has high legal and financing hurdles to jump, personnel matters to settle, customers to sign up, and business doors to open.
Moving and storage concerns may seem low on their list of priorities. But, a smart business owner will have a moving and storage plan closer at hand than the back burner.
With this in mind, according to the founders at Tiger Moving and Storage, you will want to secure “experienced estimators will provide you with a comprehensive estimate. As a result, there will be no surprise charges on moving day.”
What’s the problem with space?
All businesses differ, but unless you are set on working from home, your business will need a facility to call its home.
Now, assuming you do not want the facility to cut into your profits any more than it must, you will want to “visualize the ideal facility for your business” as suggested in an article on BizFilings.com.
Business owners need to picture the total square footage and how it might be divided specific to your business purpose. Absent that picture, it will be hard to plan and place furniture and equipment. Every business has a traffic flow in its space, and it is important to lay that out.
The planned use of space must also comply with the construction materials and capabilities in terms of electrical powers, plumbing access, and easy access.
And, of course, you will want to consider the neighborhood and marketplace in terms of physical security, customer traffic, and curb appeal.
As far as moving goes, you need trained packers, high quality packing materials, clear and accurate labeling, and timely arrival and delivery.
There are two sure things: 1. If you plan to grow, you will move sooner or later, and 2. Your storage needs can easily outstrip your facility capacity.
What’s the problem with storage?
It will prove less stressful if you build in some future physical plans. You may not stick to them exactly, but you should have a projected relocation date and a regular review of storage needs.
Without a projected relocation date, you will not have a plan in place to start looking at changing facility needs. You may need more space, a better location in a changing environment, or a more secure and efficient facility.
Without a storage option in mind, you will be choking on paper and supplies even if you are heavily cloud-based.
The Better Business Bureau has a checklist for forms retention that stretches from 3 years to permanently, guidelines that are also recommended by Generally Accepted Accounting Practices.
Law offices, medical practices, and pharmacies are among the businesses with regulated demands on forms storage that the Cloud has not caught up with yet.
What’s more, any business will need storage for parts, supplies, equipment, furniture, and inventory that is not vulnerable to damage and pilfering.
Of course, you’ll want guarantees on a safe and secure storage environment, climate control, easy but monitored access, and affordable rates.
And, without a moving and storage provider on your Rolodex, you may find your business underwater following catastrophic events like fire, earthquake, flood, and more.
So, it just makes good business sense to include moving and storage strategies part of your new business plan.
Michael F. Carroll
Title: Freelance writer at OutreachMama
Mike is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.