Small businesses rely on loyal customers and the neighborhood that they are in for their business, and so moving to a new location can come with a lot of headaches, even if it does open up many more new opportunities. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do in advance of moving your small business to ensure that the transition is relatively smooth, such as:
Advertise the Move
The first, and most important, thing that you should do once you've purchased a new location and are planning the move is to advertise it to your customers. This means posting the new location and the opening date on your website, on posters that are hung up around your store, and by telling loyal customers that you have a relationship with. This helps ensure that you won't lose any customers because they understand that you've closed.
Set Up Utilities and Logistics Early
You should set up all the utilities in your new location at least a month in advance of you moving. This means a little more than electricity and running water (though of course, they're important). You want to make sure that all of your distributors know about your new location, as well as any other deliveries or business logistics that you have to deal with. You'll want to make sure that your phone and internet lines are set up (especially that your IT services are working properly, depending on your industry), and you want to make sure that any mail sent to your old location is forwarded to your new one (updating your address for all relevant deliveries can help prevent this from happening, but mistakes do occur from time to time).
In order to reduce the total amount of disruption that your business experiences, the best course of action is to move over the weekend. While depending on your size of your business, it may not be possible to complete the move over the course of two days, at the very least you'll have a head start, and you'll minimize the overall amount of downtime. If this is the case, make sure that the days that you'll be closed are off-peak days, to reduce the amount of business that you lose. Alternatively, you can move during the holiday season: while it may be more expensive to hire movers during this time if your workers are off or you would otherwise be closed, it is well worth the cost.
Contact a company like Wheaton World Wide Moving for more information and assistance.