Moving is stressful at any time, but when you add on COVID-19 and a business launch, this already challenging event becomes even more anxiety-inducing. But still, moving is unavoidable at times, especially if you’re launching a home-based business and your current living space won’t suit your personal and professional needs.
Depending on the type of home-based business you’ll be running, you may need a large office space with plenty of additional seating for clients and other guests — or maybe your current city or county prohibits the operation of home businesses and you need to relocate to a new area. Whatever the case, moving may be the best choice for your business. And while it isn’t ideal to move in the midst of a business launch and global pandemic, we have put together the following tips to take some of the hassle out of this already stressful experience!
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1. Safely Tour Homes During the Pandemic
Purchasing a new house amidst COVID-19 may seem less than ideal, but it’s easier (and safer) than you’d think. A tech-savvy real estate agent can help you to find suitable properties for living and working and schedule virtual or in-person showings of these homes. During the pandemic, several alternatives to physical showings include virtual open houses, video-chat tours, and 3D home walkthroughs.
Before beginning the house-hunting process, however, it’s important to make a list of the home features you’ll want and need in order to successfully run your home-based business. If clients will be visiting your home, you’ll also want to consider things like parking, a separate home entrance, and privacy.
2. Hire Professional Movers
Once you’ve found the perfect house for living and doing business, you’ll need to start planning your move into the new home. And since you’ll be busy launching a business at the same time, professional moving services will be invaluable. Most moving companies are offering virtual estimates amid COVID-19, so you can obtain multiple quotes before deciding on a company — all without inviting strangers into your home until the day of your move.
To plan a safe and efficient move into your new home, be sure to:
● Receive confirmation from your moving company several days before moving day.
● Have everything packed and ready to go at least 24 hours before your movers are scheduled to arrive.
● Use new moving boxes and packing supplies (instead of recycled items).
3. Get Ready to Do Business
Once you’re finally settled into your new home, there are a few important tasks you’ll need to complete before you’ll be ready for business. Firstly, you’ll need to design your home office and purchase any necessary business-related tools, furniture, or equipment. You may need a new desk, office chair, file cabinet, and printer, as well as business tech tools for task management, social media marketing, scheduling, and customer relationship management (CRM). Secondly, before launching your new home-based business, you’ll need to register your business with the state. Carefully consider which entity you choose—many new businesses owners opt for an LLC because it can shield assets, has tax benefits, and requires less paperwork. Instead of hiring a law firm to handle your LLC registration, you can save by using a formation service.
Moving in the midst of a business launch is no walk in the park, but you’ll be so glad you went through with it once you’re officially settled into your new home. Plus, you’ll be enjoying the perks of running your own home-based business!