When you have reached the conclusion that a new location is necessary for your business to continue growing, you will probably begin planning and researching the various steps in the relocation process. These steps may include all sort logistical information regarding possible new locations, organizing the move itself, and having the cash. Having a sound business relocation budget is just as important as securing the proper finances to execute a successful move. But, what moving parts make a business relocation budget work?
If you fail to have a business relocation budget in place, you may end up mismanaging the money that you need to cover all of the necessary expenses that are associated with a full-scale move of materials and personnel. A budget is the preferred way to account for every expense throughout the process and manage it appropriately so that nothing is left undone.
Those providing services need to be compensated and employees may be counting on you, as the business owner, to help them move themselves and their families if the relocation is significant in nature. A business relocation budget should not be dismissed when complicated projects like moving business operations demands comprehensive records of how money was spent.
What sort of types of expenses should make on the list for a business relocation budget? The first type is those one time only expenses. These might include movers, phone installation, staff relocation, furniture installation/replacement, running cable for new communications services and computers, as well as the costs to reprint all interior office literature (envelopes, letterhead, business cards, etc.).
The second type will include new reoccurring expenses. These will be your operating costs (including payroll and utilities) and lease or mortgage payments for the new premises. Any business relocation budget that does not include these relevant expenses is woefully inadequate. There is no picking and choosing what to include on the list; everything must be recorded.
Another key feature of a sound business relocation budget is a degree of flexibility. As with anything complicated like a business, you need to have some room to move if something unforeseen happens that requires payment. You must have a category for incidentals or miscellaneous expenses. What constitutes an appropriate amount to set aside for this purpose will depend on many factors that are unique to the individual business.
If all of these elements are in place, the chances of carrying out a successful move without financial problems arising are greatly increased. A business relocation budget, if organized before the move begins, can be a valuable tool for any business owner who wants to be able to count to costs involved in moving their business activities from top to bottom.