RFX is on the hunt for some new cities to locate satellite offices in. This is something we’ve been contemplating for several years, but during the 2009 recession we had to move the idea to a back burner. Now that our growth is back on track, it’s time to check out our options. Expanding to a new branch (or branches!) is a daunting task, but it’s also something we’ve been helping our clients, with 5 to 100+ employees, do for years.
One of the top concerns in moving or branching out is to make sure your business has as little downtime as possible, which requires planning, planning and more planning! From the beginning, you have to ask yourself what your budget and current equipment can handle, making sure you have enough wiggle room for any hiccups along the way. You also need to get your transition timeline nailed down so the sequence of your move will keep your email, website and phone lines open. Often, transitions like this happen over late nights and weekends to avoid common business hours.
Another challenge, particularly when moving from a single to multiple offices, is figuring out how your offices will communicate. Communicating within one location is a bit simpler than communicating among locations. Luckily, we have the experience to handle this easily. The continued growth of cloud computing offers more exciting opportunities for collaboration among separate offices.
Branching out is one of the many growing pains of running a successful business. Getting your IT equipment ready is one of the first things you need to consider and is essential to getting your new office started in the right direction.