One of the best aspects of running a small business is when it begins to grow beyond your current capacity. It is at times like this that you see your bottom line rising but there just doesn’t seem to be a way to handle the extra work without making a few improvements to your physical location. If you find the need to move premises or undertake a business renovation, you may find the need to relocate office operations to your home. Here are some tips that might make the process easier whilst those renovations are underway.
Planning Is a Priority
Planning is going to be your number one priority. Before even attempting to think about where you are going to work during renovations, the first step is to get everything lined up. This will save you a lot of grief down the road if you know exactly what will be done, when and by whom. Line up your contractors, get a solid date of completion in writing and determine exactly what you will need to work with during the time of construction.
Finding Temporary Space to Work
In the midst of the current movement towards working from home, you may have determined that your best option would be to work from home. This is probably going to be your most cost-effective solution because you already have the space available, why not use it? Some businesses choose to hire or purchase a temporary building to use as a home office and whether or not they choose to keep it when the project is done probably depends on projected future use.
Hiring Vs Purchasing a Portable Building
There may be times when that portable building can be transformed into a granny annexe or a permanent office for weekend work, so buying may be the better choice. Remember, its primary purpose is for necessary office space so you should be able to claim the expense on your taxes. What a nice way to add extra usable space to your home! However, if your garden space is limited then you may only need temporary use. These can be hired at an affordable rate and often for as long as you need to use them.
Overlapping Use of Your Home Office
Make sure to allow for extra time at the projected finish date of your office renovations. If you see that the project may be taking longer than expected to complete, it may be necessary to continue working from your temporary location. That’s one of the major benefits of having a portable building that you’ve purchased as there is no termination date. It’s yours and you can use it how and as you see fit.
It’s an exciting time in the life of your business because you’ve grown beyond your physical capacity. With adequate planning there is no need to stop operations as that would slow down your growth momentum. The best way to renovate or expand is to continue from an alternate location, whilst the upgrade is underway. Look at your options for working from home to save money and time. It’s probably the best solution you’ll find.
I like that you mentioned the option of hiring out a transportable building to act as a temporary office. I’m sure I’m not the only person who struggles with staying focused on work while I’m at home. Renting out a small building to be used as an office can help you stay focused and maintain a professional environment. Thanks for the article.
Cheers, Hazel 🙂