How to Plan a Move to Another State When You Have a Small Business
13 Mar

How to Plan a Move to Another State When You Have a Small Business

If you’ve discovered a new and more promising market for your goods and services out of state, a move could be the best thing for your business.

Yet, you’ve got many obstacles to negotiate before you reap the benefits. Some disruption is inevitable when you take such a big step, but you can limit your downtime by preparing carefully and well in advance.

Here’s how to plan a move to another state with minimum fuss.

Take Care of the Paperwork

Moving to another state has tax implications. Make sure you enlist the services of an experienced accountant or legal adviser to ensure you don’t inadvertently fall foul of the law by relocating.

If you’re a sole proprietor, it’s a simple process to register your business in your new state. If you’re running any other kind of entity, you have three choices:

  • Register as a foreign entity in your new state and continue operations in your old state.  
  • Shut down your business and form a new one in the new location.
  • Form a new company in the new state and merge the old one into it.

Most importantly, get in touch with the relevant state department of revenue to avoid complications down the line.

Plan, Prepare, and Pack

Once you’ve got the paperwork in motion, chances are you’ll be on the clock. It’s essential to work closely with a corporate moving specialist to ensure you get everything done on time.

Book your moving day as early as possible so that you get the date you want, especially if you’re moving during the peak summer season.

Assuming you’ve dealt with the ramifications of relocating employees and finding suitable premises, your next step is to get packing.

Moving old defunct equipment is never a good idea. Go through all your IT equipment and discard or donate items that are no longer relevant. If you choose to install new systems, you’ll save on moving costs, and you can get things up and running before moving day.

Some items are difficult or impossible to relocate over state lines. One example is office plants; you’ll need a USDA permit for those. Your moving company will advise you on items that need to stay behind.

It’s also advisable to get them to do the packing for you. Delicate equipment needs specialized packing and crating when you’re moving it over long distances. Hire a specialized team to relocate your computers and other critical tech items.

Back up all your data and keep these separate from all your other boxes.

Consult the Experts on How to Plan a Move to Another State

Moving a business is a big step, even when you’re relocating down the road. So, if you’re planning to take your company into previously unchartered territory, it’s clear you need professional help.

We can assist. With over a century of corporate moving experience, we’re familiar with the ins and outs of planning a move to another state.  

Call us today.

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