Planning a Successful Career-Related Move

If your company is relocating to a new city or a different state, you may be forced to uproot your family and move to an unknown locale. So what can you do to prepare yourself and your loved ones effectively in order to avoid stress and to save both time and money? Depending on your situation, here are a few tips for a smooth relocation, courtesy of KJH Financial Services.

Relocate Your Business

If you’re a business owner and are relocating your company to a different state, you’ll need to re-register your LLC or corporation. To avoid costly lawyer fees, you can file the paperwork yourself or use a formation service that will help you understand and follow the rules applicable in your state, as well as obtain all the licenses and permits you may need to legally operate.

Try to plan your move several months ahead and get in touch with a local accountant to review your paperwork and inform you of possible tax incentives, as well as to prepare for unforeseen expenses. And if you need to find a new brick-and-mortar location for your business, spend some time in your new city to find a neighborhood where your target market likes to shop and find retail space in that area that fits your budget.

Additionally, if the new job isn’t what you were hoping or planning for, don’t panic. There are plenty more opportunities out there! To give yourself an advantage over the competition, here’s a free resume builder that you can use to professionally highlight your skills.

Find a Place to Live for Your Family

In an ideal world, you would have plenty of time and opportunities to visit your new state or city, explore different neighborhoods, inquire about the best–and worst–schools in the area and find the perfect home for yourself and your family. But sometimes, a career-related relocation leaves you with barely enough time to pack. So try to optimize the time you have by doing a lot of research based on the needs of your family.

If you have school-aged children that will be enrolled in public institutions, find a house or apartment located in the school district that best suits your children’s educational needs. And if you’re concerned about spending too much time away from your loved ones, find a rental home close to your new place of employment to reduce your commute time. Two bedroom/two bathroom homes in the Boston area start at around $2,400 per month, so do your research. Certain areas are more desirable than others, especially when you take school districts into account. Once you know the area better, and if you want to put down roots in your new city, you may start looking for a place to buy.

Create a Budget for Your Moving Costs

Some companies will offer to pay for some of your relocation costs, so make sure you keep all your receipts handy. Contact a few moving companies in your area and have them come to your house in person to assess the cost of moving your household to a different city or state, and get several estimates in writing. You may be able to save money by packing your belongings yourself, but make sure to allow enough time to do so, and don’t forget to keep track of how much you spend on packing boxes, tape, and bubble wrap for your fragile items.

When creating your moving budget, be sure to include upfront costs such as internet, utilities, rent, and security deposit, as well as your travel expenses like gas, hotel accommodations, and meals. It adds up pretty quickly. Make a list of everything that will need to be turned off at your old house (cable, gas, electricity…) so you don’t end up paying providers you no longer need and don’t forget to notify the post office, your bank, and your insurance company that you are moving.

Relocating can be a wonderful thing if you’re looking for a change of scenery, but make sure you and your loved ones have a soft place to land. That means making sure that your kids have great schools to go to, that you live in a safe neighborhood, and, if you’re a business owner, that your company can thrive in its new location.

Building your career requires many strategic moves and a lot of work. If you’d like guidance on the financial planning aspect of your growth, contact KJH Financial Services. We can help you manage your money and invest in ways that will secure your future. Visit us online to learn more.

7 Smart Ways to Leap Into Entrepreneurship

As an aspiring entrepreneur, you understand that you’re going to wear several hats. Figuring out how to juggle it all while managing to stay sane is the key to understanding how to successfully take the leap into pursuing your dreams. KJH Financial Services shares some ways that you can make your entrepreneurial ideas happen.

Outsource Administrative and Technical Tasks

There are certain things that you can pay other professionals to do without compromising your company. Small businesses use outsourcing to reduce expenses and plan to increase their efforts in the future. 

Outsourcing administrative and certain technical tasks reduce costs and provide you with the necessary support. For example, you can hire video editing services to help you create and edit promotional videos for your business through online platforms. Additionally, you can hire a web designer or a virtual assistant to take care of simple administrative tasks.

Standardize Contract Templates

Creating contract templates cuts negotiation time and business risks while speeding up the approval process, because all parties are aware of the benefits and risks involved. For example, if your business needs office supplies, such as toner, a contract with a supply company guarantees regular supplies delivered every month so you don’t run out.  

Incorporate Project Management Software

When it comes to business, good communication is paramount. In the report, Top Ten Email Blunders that Cost Companies Money, Debra Hamilton states that small businesses lose about $450,000 annually due to miscommunications. 

Investing in project management software facilitates communication and collaboration between teams. In fact, businesses that enlist project management practices made 28 times more money than those that didn’t.  

Use AI Chatbots

AI chatbots are great customer engagement tools. In fact, they handle close to 70% of customer chats from beginning to end. In addition to that, they provide valuable insight into your customers that you can use for future marketing strategies. There are several platforms you can use to design AI chatbots for social media or your own site or choose to hire a Miami-based company to design one for you.  

Have a Mentor

Behind many successful startups and small businesses is a mentoring relationship that puts them on the path to success. In a recent study, mentors and mentees were promoted six and five times more often respectively , which shows just how impactful the relationship can be on both sides. If you’re searching for a business mentor, working on your networking habits is a great place to start. The key is to find quality mentors who have achieved success in your industry and can help you focus on the major issues facing your business. Having this insight is like having a personal guide for your business.  

Market More

A lot of a business’s success depends on getting your name out there. Marketing can do this. You likely developed a marketing strategy in your business plan, so return to that regularly to make sure you are staying on track and making adjustments when needed. If you didn’t develop a logo, or if it doesn’t really match with your company or purpose, take some time to rebrand and redesign. You can make a custom logo online for free. Then use those colors and styles across your marketing platforms to build consistency, so that people will recognize your business when they see your materials.

Create a Realistic Financial Plan

Whether you’re coming up with your business plan or need to come up with a budget for a loan, it’s a smart idea to create realistic financials based on historical information. Take a look at your fixed, variable, and one-off costs and track your sales to measure your performance. An important metric to track in your level of debt payments to income. Tracking this will give you an indication about when your business is becoming financially overextended. This will guide your business and put you in a better frame to manage unexpected challenges.

If you’re searching for a deeper understanding of your business costs and even cut them down, contact Kimberly J. Howard, CFP. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you get in better financial shape.

Take the Leap

Behind every successful business is a set of rules that entrepreneurs need to follow. One of the most important ones is if it can be automated or streamlined for greater efficiency, it should.