The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things for everyone across the globe. It has ushered in an entirely new human experience full of hand soap and face masks. In addition to these disruptions to daily life, the pandemic has also changed the way we work forever. Several businesses have had to grapple with economic shock and structural reorganization. Remote work became a necessity, and several business models had to change to survive the time and tide. As the pandemic threat gradually fades, business owners still have many questions to answer. One of them is whether or not to move to a different state for greener pastures or other reasons. This is happening against the backdrop of remote work, which allows businesses and employees to function from anywhere. The question of whether to move, therefore, requires careful consideration. Uprooting your business and embarking on a move is not a decision to take lightly. It\u2019s crucial to have all the information you need before making such a significant change, especially during the uncertain times we\u2019re living in. Here are the things you need to keep in mind if you\u2019re considering relocating your business. Why are you moving? An excellent place to start is to ask yourself why? There are a variety of valid reasons for moving your business to a new state. However, you must be able to determine your reasons so that your move caters to that reason perfectly. Typically, most business owners move because: Their target market has changed\u2014economically or demographically. The cost of real estate and property taxes has become unbearable for the business. The current state has become less business-friendly, imposing higher business taxes and more regulations. And the proposed state has tax incentives in place that would benefit the business. Family reasons, such as access to schools, spousal job opportunities, moving closer to extended family. Access to a different workforce After setting out your reason, consider if there are less disruptive alternatives. For example, suppose your reason is access to a different workforce. In that case, remote working now allows you access to talents from all over. Could your business model accommodate hiring talents working remotely? How about hybrid work? Here, the employees come in on some days or occasions and work remotely on other days. If you are considering remote work as an alternative, you would need remote work agreements. Remote work agreements ensure that your employees understand expectations for the performance of remote work and agree to meet these expectations. In any case, the bottom line is that you should consider your reasons for wanting to move painstakingly. You must look at the pros, cons, alternatives and decide what\u2019s best. Determine whether a move makes financial Sense You should only move a business if you were better off financially after the move. For example, if you live in a big city with a high cost of living, you could save a lot of money by moving to a smaller town or more affordable state. This will only work if your income remains the same or increases. You should make sure that the more affordable state will not reduce your Earnings. You might also consider the tax rates of the area where you currently live compared with where you\u2019re thinking of moving. Moving to a place without state income tax could save you thousands of dollars, depending on your income. But do not also forget to figure sales and property taxes into your calculation. And if you\u2019re considering buying a property in your new location, check out the average real estate prices and appreciation in their values over the past few years to determine whether it would be a favorable market to get into. Know your clients Before moving to a new city, you should make sure your niche or specialty doesn\u2019t require you to be on location. And that your client base can do business virtually. Some clients are so accustomed to coming in, sitting across the desk, talking to you face-to-face, handing you their requests, and they just can\u2019t fit into the virtual world yet. However, if they are a core part of your business, you should stay unless there are more significant considerations to your moving. If your clients are gradually getting comfortable doing work virtually, make sure your move and the distance won\u2019t jeopardize your client relationships. Understand the legal requirements Months before your scheduled move to a new state, start researching the specifics of your new business location. For example, if you are moving to Chicago, find a good corporate law in Chicago who can help you pinpoint any legal requirements or tax incentives. The legal steps needed for a successful move vary depending on your business structure. For example, suppose your business is structured as a sole proprietorship. In that case, you do not have to comply with the formalities and requirements necessary for most other business structures. Suppose you are relocating a limited liability company (LLC) to another state. In that case, you\u2019ll have to decide whether you want to create a new LLC in the new state and dissolve the old LLC or merge the old LLC into it. Of course, you can also choose to continue your current LLC in the old state and register or qualify the LLC as a foreign LLC in the new state. In addition, you must obtain the correct licenses and permits to allow you to carry on business in the new state. These permits depend on your specific business sector. Hire a corporate to help you through the process. Takeaway While moving your small business to a new state can at first feel overwhelming, taking the process step by step will help make the move go as smoothly as possible. If you need help, do well to reach out to a corporate attorney in the state you are moving to for guidance. Once you\u2019ve completed all of the necessary steps to complete your move and you\u2019re fully set up for business in your new state, you\u2019ll be able to focus once again on enhancing your products or services, on adding to your customer base, and on growing your business.