The following article was written by guest contributor, Katie Conroy:
Every small business owner starts with plans for growth and expansion. However, when you run your business from home, part of that process includes growing your home as well. These simple tips can help you find the right house to accommodate your expanding business goals.
1. Know What You Need From Your Home
Your new home should accommodate your current and future business plans as well as your personal life. Make a list of your must-haves to narrow down the search. For example, if you have inventory, you'll need a large space for storage. If you have children, you'll also need space for them to enjoy the home without interrupting business operations. Talk to a realtor about your needs now and your plans for future growth. You can even search listing online using The Flynn Team's website to search and compare properties across their multiple listing service.
2. Create a Business Plan
Every successful company starts with a solid business plan. Research shows you can use a business plan to better understand how your business operates and monitor your goals. Your plan should include a detailed summary of your company, including products, services, funding plans, and financial projections. You should also discuss your business structure. Most small businesses register as LLCs for minimal paperwork and tax benefits. You can avoid lawyer fees and register yourself using a formation service online through your state.
3. Hire a Moving Crew
Hiring a moving crew may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it can save you time and stress. For example, a full-service moving company will come to your home and assess your moving needs before providing you with an estimate. Then, they pack your belongings before loading and transporting them to your new home. You can even pay them to unpack everything as well. Research companies by searching reviews online from unbiased sources and comparing quotes before signing any contracts. Should you decide to pack for yourself, make sure you start at least two months in advance to give yourself plenty of time to pack properly.
4. Prepare Your Business Website
Your business website is extremely important to your success. You can hire a professional web developer to create it for you. However, you can save by doing small DIY projects, such as creating your own website banner to increase brand awareness. Design banners online with this free template and alter it to fit your business. You can adjust the text, colors, images, and font before placing it on your website and social media pages.
5. Set Up Your Home Office
If your home office is crucial to business operations, you'll want to set it up first. Start by finding a spot in the house with plenty of space, natural lighting, and distance from the areas with high traffic, such as the kitchen and living room. Label everything and keep your desk or workspace free of clutter. Be sure to include plants and neutral colors in your decor to help boost productivity and create a stress-free area to work.
As you set up your new home and get into a routine again, remember to take some time to appreciate all your hard work. Being a homeowner and a business owner can be overwhelming at times. If you're happy and healthy, you're better equipped to tackle obstacles.
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Katie Conroy is a writer at advicemine.com, the opinions and or advice contained in this article are hers and not those of the Flynn Team, or any of its agents or employees.