April 30th, 2014 by admin
Even if you're only moving to another floor of the building, the thought of relocating your office probably sounds about as appealing as receiving a root canal.
Moving your business or home is commonly thought of as one of the single-most stressful events in a person's life.
Add the potential of losing important work time, and you can see why small-business owners turn to professionals to help them get the job done. That's where ATEL comes in! ATEL Communications has been assisting customers in the task of relocating and expanding their businesses since 1985. With a history like that, it's obvious ATEL has become experts.
ATEL's team of project managers, estimators, installers and technicians provide the following products & services for customers that are relocating or expanding:
- Structured Wiring as well as Fiber Optics
- Phone Hardware (Move Existing Phone Systems or Design New Phone Systems)
- Analyze Current Carrier Services Contracts
- Order and Arrange New Voice/Internet Service from the Carrier of Your Choice
Leaving the office is sometimes the best way of handling a relocation. Relax and let ATEL do the work for you.
But how do you keep your business flowing even when your office is a mess?
Here are some key tips to make a move with minimal down time:
1. It's not possible to plan too far in advance.
If it's a minor move, then you should know in advance where the cubicles will get set up and where the Ethernet cable connections will get wired through. Don't leave anything out. Relocating your business—and don't think it won't happen to you, because all small businesses do grow—could also mean moving a local-area network or a wireless network, numerous PCs and printers. It could mean shipping equipment and inventory. With careful planning you can make sure that the actual move happens over a specific short window of time, maybe just a weekend.
2. Prepare for the unexpected.
A move of any kind forces you to think on your feet and be ready for anything. If you travel often, you probably already know how to do that with ease. For example, what if you need to print copies, but you don't have any of your machines set up? The process forces you to take nothing for granted, even small things like power and phone service.
3. Use the move as a reason to upgrade.
If your office is using bulky monitors, this is the perfect reason to donate those clunkers to your favorite charity and purchase those flat-panel monitors you've been eyeing. It's also a good time to take a look at the software you've been using to see if it needs any updating. Basically, you want to show up to your new office location in even better shape to do business than you were before. Clever idea, use your laptops as "interim" office machines while you're in transit and then use them as your primary PCs while your new office gets situated.
4. Plan for down time, even if don't expect it.
Moving can be unpredictable. Delays happen. If it's a long-distance move, and you have to stay in a hotel for a period of time, make sure it can double as an office. If it's a local move, plan to have a room or small space ready to function as a temporary office for a short amount of time if necessary.
5. Let your applications help you "move."
If your relocation also involves an upgrade or migrating to new hardware, make sure your programs do the heavy work. Save all of your old user options and migrate them to the new hardware or software, so that once you arrive in your new place, you'll be able to get to work right away.
ATEL can help you through all of these tips and much more. With a little preparation and wise use of your current technology, you can make sure that your move will be as painless and productive as possible.
If you're thinking about moving or expanding ATEL has the solution for you.
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