Helpful move checklist from ecutiveassistant.com
Your business is growing and expanding to a new location, it’s the time to plan before your movers come. Now is an excellent time to part with old technology such as phones, copiers, printers, computers. Think about and review your new space, do you need all of your old office furniture, supplies, which you may or may not use now? Don’t pay to move items you don’t need. It’s better to recycle them and get a tax break when you donate to a registered charity.
Don’t wait until the last minute. If you plan to move your own business, start packing items you don’t regularly use as soon as possible. Most business owners and managers severely underestimate the time it takes to pack. If you have a large inventory of items to go through add days, if not weeks to how long you believe it will take to your company items.
If you’ll need new furniture or a sign, order it now so that it has plenty of time to arrive and be arranged before your business makes the move.
If you move without a moving company and rent a truck – opt-in for insurance coverage. Many private insurance policies may cover rental car damage very few cover damages if you get into an accident in a rental truck (which are classified as “equipment.”) If you use a professional moving company, be sure to ask about insurance coverage options to protect your equipment. Your moving company should have proof of worker’s comp insurance. If you inadvertently hire day labor or the truck company does not carry insurance, you could be at least partially liable for moving related injuries to workers.
If You Are Hiring A Moving Company
If you are plan to hire a mover, call at least one to two months in advance. Be sure to get several price quotes and ask for proof of insurance. Ask for referrals from other business owners you know have moved in the last couple years. If the moving company is packing for you, remember that most moving companies do not make decisions for you – they pack everything.
Mark boxes and on the tops and sides so you can locate items quickly. If you just mark the tops, you will find it harder to locate items quickly. Mark boxes on multiple sides. If you have hundreds of boxes, it pays to have a numbering system and a team member in charge the list. This helps to avoid the loss of important items during your move. This is particularly important if you hire a moving company. If you number your boxes with a brief description of what is inside them, and the moving company loses any in the move, you will have an easier time making a claim.
Sounds simple? Just stow your printers in boxes, right? Printers are sensitive devices just like computers. Remove printer cartridges, tape down covers and scanner lids, and be sure to follow any specific instructions for moving FAX machines, copiers, and printers since improper moving may damage a device and void the warranty.
Computer monitors should be wrapped individually with thick moving blankets or bubble wrap. They should never be placed in boxes and tape should not come into contact with the monitor itself. Protect computers with heavy blankets wrapped in tape, never stack them on top of other items or stack items on top of computers. Backup your data, you don’t want to lose important data during your move. Consider using cloud services to back up your most important data.
The best way to deal with moving computers is to start by removing all the computer cables from computers one at a time. Put cables in large plastic baggies, such as a zip-lock, and write on the bag to which computer it belongs.
Don’t forget to update your address on stationery, business cards, and your website. The most important thing to update first is your website. Like personal moves, you will need to notify the post office, your creditors, bank, etc. When you invoice clients, make sure to tell them to update your contact information in their payment system.
You don’t want to miss any important necessities when you arrive at your new office. Be sure to let your vendors know well in advance of your move so they can make the adjustments to your shipping and billing address.
The more you plan in advance, the better the chance you will have a successful move. Know that some things will go wrong, so be prepared.
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Caricature artists are an interesting group of professionals. Most are independent artists. Some artists work together under an umbrella company. In some cases you can shop for artists to create your caricature online using recent photographs.
Below is a list of five caricature artists for your consideration.
Doug Shannon: He work at over 50 trade shows and conferences a year. He’s been called the “hardest working man in show (caricature) business” There is high demand for his digital caricatures.
Luke Sienkowski: Luke is well-known in some creative circles. He is based in Wisconsin and travels the midwest.
Tony Parsons: He is a UK artist based in Brighton in the south of England. He’s drawn caricatures professionally for over 12 years.
Kiko Yamada: She creates high quality digital caricatures for events, realistic illustrations for personal and professional use and traditional caricatures when requested.
Don Howard: This artist focuses on celebrities. You can purchase a caricature of your favorite star or have him make a caricature of you. He claims to have the web’s most unique caricature site.
It’s important to review the portfolio of the artist you are considering. There are also a number of websites that specialize in helping you find the right local caricature artist for your event.
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