How to Stay Calm When Managing a Move and a New Business
Starting a successful new business takes a lot of hard work and determination. But managing a move at the same time? Whew! That’s a lot for anyone to take on all at once!
There are many steps and details you need to cover in order to make these transitions work. To simplify the process, consider these tips brought to you by Code of the West Real Estate.
Set Up a Home Office ASAP
If you’re moving, you may have movers and other professionals filing in and out of your current home. This is why, if you can swing it, you should think about setting up a distraction-free workspace. Hopefully, if you are moving for more space, you will have an entire room to dedicate to a home office, but if nothing else, a quiet corner will do.
One piece of tech you’ll likely need is a computer. Generally speaking, a laptop or tablet is most portable, which can boost your convenience if the spot you’re working in is suddenly part of the moving hustle and bustle. CDW points out that both options have pros and cons; only you can determine which is best for your situation.
Aside from technology, you’ll also need a few pieces of home office furniture to stay productive. One is a desk, and if you’re planning on something built-in at the new place or space is simply tight, a portable option might be your best bet. The other must-have is a chair. Since a chair can easily go where you do, consider investing in something you’ll enjoy using long-term. Look for well-made ergonomic options that will protect your joint health and productivity.
Consider a Coworking Space, If Possible
One way to escape the distractions of moving is to sign up for a local coworking membership. According to WeWork, many people prefer coworking spaces anyway, since they allow for networking possibilities, brainstorming sessions, and socialization. Nearly anywhere you live these days, you can find a coworking space where you will have access to the technology and focus-friendly environment you need.
Opting for a coworking space may also provide additional tax breaks on your next return, since most coworking membership fees are fully deductible for small business owners. You’ll want to check with an accountant to confirm your eligibility.
Choose Flexible Learning Opportunities
It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed when starting a new business, and with moving in the mix, you might feel particularly inept. One way to boost your confidence and knowledge simultaneously is to explore learning opportunities. Stick with malleable options that you can tackle when the time arises, rather than trying to bite off too much more during this transitional period.
For instance, you might listen to podcasts when you have some downtime, or pick up a worthwhile book. If you’re looking for a bit more, you can even engage in an advanced degree if you stick with flexible online programs like the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs from Western Governors University (WGU). The trick is to choose something that will provide the information you need to help you without overburdening your already-full plate. The optimal degree for the business savvy, of course, is a business degree. Studying online provides a litany of benefits including flexibility in the times and places you’re able to complete coursework, which frees you up to continue in your current job.
When researching online degree options, be sure the program you’re interested in is fully accredited. For business schools, look for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) seal of approval.
Use Apps and Professionals to Stay Organized
Planning a move and starting a new business can each be huge undertakings on their own. Combine these two life transitions together, and you have a recipe for anxiety and stress. If you are attempting this combo, you need all of the help you can get. You can start by looking for professionals to help with your move.
This is especially wise if you are a busy parent. Plan on booking a moving company at least two months before your scheduled move. If you’re still looking for a new house, you should contact a knowledgeable and trustworthy real estate agent to help simplify your search.
As far as your new business goes, you can use productivity and organization apps to help you stay on top of tasks during your move. Consider combining your move and business appointments into a single calendar, or use a “do not disturb” app to minimize distractions.
Managing a move and a new business can be overwhelming! Both can be stressful and complicated processes, but you can curb some of the tension by getting creative and planning ahead. Set up an office in your new home or sign up for a coworking space. Then get organized by hiring the right pros and using apps.
Connect with Colorado-based Code of the West Real Estate for help with all your real estate needs. (719) 742-3626
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Guest blog by Suzie Wilsons