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Moving house while still taking care of business: here’s how you do it


Running a business while moving house can be stressful, particularly when you mix the two together. Here’s how to manage your time effectively to ensure neither one takes a back seat…

It’s likely there will come a time in every businesswoman’s life where she must juggle moving house alongside running a successful business. Women are notorious for being excellent multi-taskers, right? But that doesn’t mean you should put an excessive amount of pressure on yourself.

Unfortunately, you’re not superwoman so there’s no shame in asking around for help. Plan in advance and factor in your outgoings from conveyancing quotes, removal fees, and potential loss of earnings if you have to take time off work.It’s certainly a lot to think about.

Moving house while still taking care of business: here’s how

Although it may seem daunting, there are several tips you can adhere to, to help the moving process run smoother. It can be difficult to know what task to start on first, so in this article we’ve listed some of the most important factors to consider before juggling a full-time job and a move. Let’s get started…

Make a Master Plan

Start your journey by making a detailed plan of what you want to achieve and when, as well as creating a master list of all the important items you need to pack. It’s often handy thinking of a room at a time!

Similarly, make sure you’re ahead of the game at work and plan your meetings and movements in advance. Don’t’ feel pressure to stick to your moving or business plan, but have them ready to remind you to stick to certain timeframes.

Take Care of the Admin First

Before packing boxes, try to take care of all the admin first. There are several organisations, such as banks, utility companies, and the DVLA, you need to contact to let them know you’re moving house. For some handy reminders on the companies you should contact, check out this moving house checklist.

Give Yourself Daily Tasks

Don’t try to fit everything into a day or a week. Though you’re likely to feel stressed towards the end of the process, it’s important not to rush to avoid forgetting anything.

Give yourself manageable daily tasks, and only try to fit more in if it’s absolutely necessary. It’s also a good idea to mix up the tasks so you don’t get bored and unmotivated.

Hire a Removal Company

Why take on all the stress when you can hire others to pack and unpack for you? Hire a removal service team to help you along the way. This is particularly useful if you’re moving heavy items such as furniture, TVs, and cabinets as well as if you are moving long distances. It’ll save you a lot of time and money!

Ask Friends and Family for Help

Alternatively, if you’re serious about saving on costs, ask your friends and family to spare some time to help you package up your belongings. It’s not unusual for homeowners to be hesitant about strangers moving their valuables, so why not ask your nearest and dearest instead? You can rent plastic moving boxes from companies like Boxbee to make the moving process easy and stress-free. Your friends and family will breathe a sigh of relief come packing time, and you will too when you’re able to skip the scramble to find flimsy cardboard boxes for your next move

There’s no shame in asking for help and realising you could benefit from a helping hand. It’s a mature and responsible approach.

Book Time Off in Advance

If you’re able to, it’s a good idea to book some time off work to ensure your house move runs as smoothly as possible. We recommend taking a minimum of a few days off, but if you’re hesitant to do so, as little as a few afternoons can help.

Removal services are much more affordable mid-week during the time than they are evenings or weekends, and you’re probably going to want to be in to ensure nothing goes wrong.

Trust Your Colleagues

As a strong businesswoman, you should be able to trust your employees enough to delegate responsibility effectively. Leadership is all about empowering others, so let them take charge and trust that they’ll contact you if they need to.

Work Longer Hours the Week Before

To make up for time lost when relocating house, you could always work longer hours the week before or after your move. It’s not necessary but could be a viable solution, depending on your workload. Just remember not to burn yourself out!

Use Social Media Scheduling Software

If you run a large company, you probably have an allocated social media manager or marketing assistant who runs your business’s social media accounts. If you don’t, try investing in social media scheduling software such as Hootsuite to help you plan your output.

Scheduling tools for social media allow you to add several accounts at any one time and select a preferred time and date for your posts. They often have trials, too, so you can try before you buy.

Don’t Forget to Celebrate Every Small Win

Moving house while running your own business takes a lot of patience, time, and energy, so remember to celebrate every small win, no matter how big. From planning and packing through to moving and unpacking, there are no shortcuts, so take every completed stage as a victory.

Moving house and growing a business empire isn’t easy, but with these handy tips, and a can-do attitude, you’ll be on the road to success in no time.

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