5 Tips for Successfully Running a Business When Moving Homes
Moving homes can be an excellent – even a life-changing – experience. It can be an opportunity to leave the old behind, and to turn over a new leaf in all the ways that you might have been dreaming of doing for a while.
But, of course, although a home move can be an excellent opportunity for entering a new phase of life, or for reinventing yourself as a whole, there are certainly a variety of potential downsides and complications that go along with any move – whether you are only relocating a few miles away from your current location, or whether you are traveling halfway around the world to set up in a new country.
While moving homes can present an array of challenges for various facets of everyday life, in general, one of the key areas in which a home move might present some issues is with regards to work.
If you run your own business, in particular, a home move can certainly disrupt your flow and routine in an assortment of ways and can exacerbate many of the complexities that already exist in your job.
Luckily, there are a variety of things that you can do in order to effectively and meaningfully ensure that your business remains successful while you are undertaking a move.
Here are a few tips for successfully running a business when moving homes.
Use the right tools to streamline your operations and reduce unnecessary complications
These days, there are more tools and digital solutions available for managing a variety of tasks and elements of a business than there ever have been before.
Over the course of your normal working week, under normal circumstances, you might not particularly feel the need for some of the more streamlined and advanced of these tools. When you are having to deal with a move, however, being able to streamline things and remove some of the small stumbling blocks and obstacles that would normally confront you, can be a total game-changer.
When undertaking a move, first do some thoughtful research on the right tools to use in order to streamline operations and reduce those unnecessary complications as much as possible.
Free employee scheduling tools, for example, can save you an extraordinary amount of work, fuss, and frustration, and can allow you to keep your employees properly organized and on point even when you, yourself, aren’t available to directly oversee things in the way that you might normally be.
Employee scheduling is sometimes still done on paper. While this may be manageable under normal circumstances, doing things this way allows very little flexibility, requires someone who is available to properly physically distribute the schedules, and is very difficult to amend or adjust once plans have been laid.
Digital employee scheduling tools, on the other hand, allow you to manage schedules on the fly from any location and gives you the ability to adjust as needed with little if any time is wasted in the process.
Of course, there are various other digital tools that you should look into with regards to being able to better manage your tasks and routines – including things like task management systems, video conferencing platforms, and more.
Try to maintain as much routine in your day as you can during the upheaval
One of the most disruptive things about any move is that, by necessity, the experience will be disorienting. All else aside, you will be in a new and unfamiliar location and will have to adjust and settle back into your usual patterns of behavior.
For many people, one clear consequence of this is that ordinary routines – both professional and personal ones – will tend to go out the window. This can, among other things, wreak havoc on your ability to continue successfully running your business when undertaking the move.
To the best of your ability, you’ll want to try to maintain as much routine in your day as you can – even in ways that initially seem small and relatively insignificant. If you can – at the very least – continue to wake up at approximately the same time in the morning, eat your meals at roughly the same times, and maintain a regular exercise routine, there will likely be a positive knock-on effect with regards to your ability to stay organised and on point professionally, too.
Become especially mindful of the importance of focusing on your key tasks, and let go of whatever else you can
One of the key bits of advice that is frequently shared an entrepreneurial circles is that it’s essential to abide by the “80/20 rule” – also known as Pareto’s principle – which argues that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your actions, whereas the remaining 80% of your actions will only account for a meager 20% of your results.
This principle is generally shared and referred to as a means of underscoring the importance of being selective.
As an entrepreneur, your time, attention, and energy are your most vital resources and you can’t afford to flit them away on a lot of “busy work,” at the best of times. During a move, this basic principle applies all the more strongly, as your time, energy, and attention will be significantly more inhibited than they were previously.
So, in order to ensure that your business remains successful during your move, make sure that you are spending the bulk of your available time and energy on the specific tasks that matter most – while letting go of whatever you can.
If you will be working remotely, set up a home office space first and foremost
There’s a good chance, if your business is largely tech-based, that you will be able to effectively work from home during a move.
In certain scenarios, working from home during a move might not even be optional, but rather essential. For example, if you’re moving to a different country and haven’t yet set up your new branch of operations overseas.
Whatever the case, though, it’s important that if you’re going to be working from home you create a structured home office space as a top priority, even if that home office space is only a corner of another room that is set aside and apart from the general mess and mayhem of the rest of the home.
One of the chief hurdles that many people first encounter when they begin working remotely, is that the sense of “being at work” is naturally harder to achieve. Having an organized home office space is, therefore, invaluable.
Delegate whatever you can within your business
Entrepreneurs are often very reluctant to delegate anything in their professional lives, largely because they will typically have built their businesses up to more or less solo, and more or less from scratch.
Keeping these basic facts in mind, it’s quite clear to see how an entrepreneur might end up feeling the need to micromanage everything as much as possible.
Ultimately, though, this is an unsustainable approach for various reasons – including the fact that, as any business scales up, the various roles involved in keeping the operation afloat will tend to be more specialized and will naturally require more autonomy in order to ensure maximum productivity and workplace morale.
When you are moving homes, this need to delegate becomes all the more pressing, as you simply won’t be able to oversee things as directly and effectively as you normally would.
Think about things for a good long moment, and come up with a strategy with your most trusted and senior employees – or partners – in order to figure out how different tasks should be delegated, and to what extent you will be involved in the reporting and decision-making process during the period of time in question.