*This is a collaborative post.
Business is tricky to conduct on a usual basis, even after a few years when you’re a pro at what you do. Surprises can come around every corner, and there’s no saying what markets will dip and when.
So trying to navigate through and around these, as well as emergencies that crop up in the form of business placement can get your head spinning. Moving on in business doesn’t have to mean you’re giving up on what you do, it can mean you’re out to grab bigger and better things.
Either way, there’s some handy tips you can use to make any processes easier; here’s a couple for your consideration.
When it Comes to Relocation
So maybe you already have an office and you need to find somewhere bigger or better, or maybe it’s that you used to work at home and now you’re branching out into your first office space. Whatever the reason for some kind of expansion or relocation, you’re going to need to consider a few things.
First of all, where you’re going to go. If you are relocating from a previous workplace, take these few things into account when it comes to choosing the new office: is it accessible from the road? Is it in a more prominent position and clearly signposted? Is it big enough to suit all your employee and employer needs?
And most importantly, will you be able to keep up payments on it with you current baseline profits? One of the main reasons for relocation is so you can increase upon these, and thus the office may need a little more of a guarantee of that than usual.
If you need to move your home business elsewhere, the same kind of questions need to be considered. But also, think on whether you’d be able to handle this kind of demand, and whether you’d need to bring other people into the fray.
Just packing up the old office can be the first sign you’re out of your depth, so make sure you take things bit by bit and use your business plan. Be flexible and you’ll be in and out in no time.
When You Need to Hire Someone Else
Are you hiring for the first time? Hiring can be a drawn out process sometimes, and finding people who are going to apply to your requirements with the right words and phrases can get a little tiring. However, as a small business, don’t ignore the applications that flood your inbox or get posted through your door; there could be some hidden talent there that deserves a look.
Similarly, you might not always need to hire. Try outsourcing for smaller needs, and if you like someone enough to bring them on full time, give them a try! There’s so many ways to find the person you need these days; use job boards to full capacity and even newspapers, as you never know who might be reading them.
When You Need to Let Someone Go
Letting an employee go after a certain period, whether their contract be up or otherwise, can be a big step in the same way a relocation is. You have to find someone to fill their position, and make sure they’re getting all the severance rights they require.
Firing an employee is never going to be an easy thing, but making sure you follow all the right rules or regulations can make it a much smoother process. You don’t want to have to deal with any more red tape than usual, or the bother that may come from them declaring an unfair dismissal.
If an employee’s conduct was what led them to be dismissed by you, mainly try to follow the ACAS code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. They offer both sides of the situation a helping hand through a tribunal, and can be easily explained by HR representatives if you’re not sure how to handle a situation such as this.
Moving on in business is both a physical and mental thing to accomplish. A lot of sentiment can come out of an old location, or for an ex-employee, but sometimes being able to say, ‘it’s time to go,’ is the best thing to do.
If you have a small business, it’s not going to suffer from a few model changes, and the big changes you can make are done with you in mind, so there’s no need to feel stressed or worried over them when the time comes.
What recent changes have you made in your business? Let me know in the comment section.