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Organizing Your Business for a Move, Forming a Company: Understanding State Requirements

With more and more businesses moving online, the need for a comfortable and functional workspace at home has become increasingly important. If you're feeling the squeeze of trying to balance work and home life in your current living situation, you're not alone. Fortunately, with the right planning and preparation, transitioning your business to a new home can be a seamless process. In this blog post, we'll be sharing tips from Zara Law Group to help you make the move with ease.

Get Your Business in Order

Starting any business requires a bit of paperwork, and it's essential that you follow your city and state's rules for forming a company. Find out what your state requires (and your new city, if applicable) and decide whether to form an LLC or another business structure. Benefits of forming an LLC include limited liability for the owner, tax advantages, and more flexibility in growing your company. 

Another way to give your business an edge over the competition is to make sure you have all the background knowledge you need. If you’ve ever thought about going back to school to earn a business bachelor degree but you weren’t sure you could fit it into your schedule, here’s an option that allows you to work independently at your own pace, meaning you won’t have to take as much time away from work to learn what you need to take your business to the next level.

Practice Using Online Tools

Working from home — or anywhere else — as a business owner requires some planning. The good news is that technology can bridge the gap whether you're working while out of the country or while your belongings are in boxes in a moving truck. 

Digitizing records, for example, can help when you need access to something that's packed away in a moving box. Digitization can also make data easier to find; you can extract PDF pages online for free to create one master document of your important business docs. Once your new home office is set up, you'll continue to reap the benefits of digital means of storing, accessing, and sharing information. 

Secure the Perfect Home

Especially if you're buying for the first time, finding the perfect home is likely high on your list. There are other crucial home buying considerations beyond specific home features, though. 

Work on saving for a down payment and closing costs as soon as you decide to buy. Exploring different loan programs may expand your options, as many mortgages (like USDA and VA loans) don't require a down payment. 

The lower your up-front investment, the more home you can likely afford (and the faster you can save up). After all, as the National Association of Realtors points out, the upfront cost of buying a home averages 2% to 5% of the purchase price.

Of course, even the best credit score and ample savings don't mean you'll find the perfect home right away — or at all. One key to home buying is being willing to compromise on some aspects of your purchase. 

For example, you may want a fourth bedroom for your home office, but what if you expand your search to include homes with in-law quarters, extra family rooms, or a separate dining room? There are ways to get what you need without stretching your budget or drawing out the homebuying process.

Purchasing-Plus-Launch Tips

Moving while starting a business presents unique challenges. Here are some best practices to consider when following this path.

  • Avoid big-ticket business (or home) purchases before closing; this can throw off your qualification and cause you to lose out on a mortgage. Experian says this is one of the biggest mistakes homebuyers make.
  • Maintain internet services (or carry a Wi-Fi hotspot) at both places while you travel and move. This way, you can work remotely from anywhere.
  • If your business involves physical products, move those first. Explore local shipping options and services, so there's no disruption in your operations.
  • Work on behind-the-scenes tasks during the move. If you can avoid client meetings or phone calls, try to set aside time for the other details involved with setting up a business. Creating online accounts, developing marketing materials, and posting to social media can all be done from a smartphone or laptop while on the go.

Moving and launching a company at the same time is a huge challenge. By strategizing in your business pre-home purchase, you'll be a few steps ahead when the dust settles. Then you — and your business — can thrive in your new home.

Zara Law Group has a long-standing history of excellence in helping our clients create successful businesses built on rock-solid contracts. Contact us to schedule a free legal consultation on our website today!

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