NOTICE: Not closed for renovations
Being busy with renovations, doesn’t always mean closing your doors. And if you don’t actually have a choice but to temporarily shut down, it’s not all doom and gloom. Because one thing we can all agree on is just how important it is to give your business a revamp every once in a while. It doesn’t just re-instill faith and confidence in your clients and customers, it can also help boost staff morale and performance.
There are several steps you can take to ensure that your business continues to run efficiently during renovations, but we’ve narrowed it down to the 4 most important ones:
First and foremost – can you even stay open? Be honest about this, can you stay open without violating any health codes, etc.? If you can afford to, then read on. If not though – the best thing for you to do is to keep communication open, be extra active on social media, post progress updates, stay on top of complaints, etc.
Move with the zones
Instead of completely closing your doors, you can break up the renovations into stages and zones. What this means is closing off one section whilst it’s being renovated and operating from a different section of your workspace and so on until the renovations are complete.
Manage the renovation project to make sure that both parties are happy with the processes and plans set in place. If there is loud or dusty work to be done, schedule that with your contractor for a weekend when your business is closed. Managing expectations on all ends is the best way to ensure that your business doesn’t suffer, but more importantly, any customers or clients don’t feel put out by the renovations.
If the space you are renovating is an office filled with employees, try orchestrating some staff leave over this time period. This will help alleviate stress from the project management side.
Sure, you might see a decline in profits from that renovation period, but trust us, that investment is so worth it. You’ll make up your money once you are up and running again with your new slick look.