5 Tips and Tricks to Consider before Relocating

There is no question that certain places have a better economy than others. If you live in one of the not- so-great economy states, chances are your business lives there as well. This is where one can consider relocating.

A not-so-great economy makes starting a small business much more difficult, and for this reason many businesses fall short of success. In this up and down economy, you want every advantage you can get when it comes to the success of your business. For many, this means relocating.

Most business could thrive in a different location, but many company owners are too afraid to take the risk. Relocation is a never a sure thing, and moving a family or away from family can be tough. However, there are steps a business owner can take to make sure that they relocate to a city with potential for the company.

5 Steps to Follow before Relocating Your Business

  1. Talk with Clients

    Try to decide just how many customers and clients you would lose with the move. If your company offers shipping, your loyal customers may stick around. Also ask them if they would be willing to change their form of communication to email or over the phone. If the answer is no then you will be losing your entire customer base, so the success of the move may take longer than you think.

  2. Look at the Competition

    A city may be thriving, but if they have three successful businesses in your same industry already in place, your business will likely not succeed. In other words, a great economy will not help your business if you have serious competition.

  3. Evaluate the City

    Check to see if new stores are opening and whether or not major companies are in the area. This will help you determine if an area is in fact growing.

    In addition, talk with someone who has lived in the area for a long time – they are likely to know whether or not their city will remain prosperous. On the flip side, check to see if there are a lot of vacant buildings or businesses closing their doors. Doing a little bit of research on your own can go a long way.

  4. Check the Population

    The population of your potential new city will make a difference. You want to move to a city similar to your current city for management reasons. A city larger than your used to could be too difficult to handle, and a city smaller may not improve your sales.

  5. Consider Current Location

    If you’ve decided moving is the right move, you have to consider your current lease as well as your current employees. You will also need to consider how many products you have at your current location and whether or not it makes sense to lug them along as you move.

Once you’ve weighed all of your options, many business owners find that it is worthwhile to talk with someone who has gone through the process before.

Relocating can be nerve-racking, but there are many success stories out there. In the end, it could make all the difference for you, your company, and your family. What do you think?


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Sarah Loyd is a writer and marketer for Calvin Klein Underwear retailer, Chonies. She also writes for various blogs and marketing communities giving entrepreneurs small business advice. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her favorite dog, Louie.


  1. Leigh Harris on the 9th December

    Good points.

    We’ve relocated twice in the past five years. Both times were with a large company (not our own).

    However, a few things I’ve learned about relocating is also to look for home foreclosures (or thriving neighborhoods). This includes housing prices. If you live in an area where a large home goes for $150,000, you won’t want to move to a city (or suburb) where the same home goes for $550,000. This is a real possibility.

    Visiting the city is important. The Chamber of Commerce WANTS you to move into their area so will be a bit biased. Visiting the place yourself will give you a more accurate picture to go with the statistics.

    Online, you can find networking groups, meetup groups, and LinkedIn groups with members who will know what the community and business atmosphere is like.

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