Well, I’ve made cross country moves many times in my corporate career. This time I’m making a move for my own personal reasons and relocating my business to a new location. The best news is in today’s world, you can work from anywhere with technology and mobile devices!
Managing this transition has been challenging and rewarding. Here are 5 tips I recommend based on my experience:
1. Find a partner in your new location before you move. I established a working partnership with a company that compliments what I do with being a direct competitor. Establish a relationship that works for both of you.
2. Start the networking process before you move. It’s amazing how many people want to introduce you to people they know that live in your new city!
3. After you move, join the local Chamber of Commerce and check out SCORE, a national non-profit organization at email@example.com. SCORE provides guidance and assistance to start-up and existing companies.
4. Sign up for local classes on how to improve and grow your business. Offers opportunities to meet other small business owners in the area.
5. Keep your previous network alive! Don’t forget the business contacts you’ve developed over your career. They are invaluable!
Another great tool is the book, Managing Transitions by William Bridges. It’s been a great resource for me over my years in leader and talent development. It helps to make sense of life's changes and deals with the human side of change. Transition is internal, while change is external. Managing change and helping people get through life's transitions is what I have learned to do best. Learn to apply a process that works for you and let me know how I can help.
Next week we'll take a look at what to do when you're stuck and need to create new opportunities.