Before parting ways with your employees, contractors, suppliers, and others you work with on a regular basis, take time to exchange contact information. This simple move can benefit you and others in a number of ways:
- It allows you to stay in touch with people who supported you and your business through its duration.
- It's a great way to stay informed on new opportunities that suit your future goals.
- It provides an avenue to get in touch with your key contacts if you plan to start another business in the future.
- It helps the people you connect with reach you with their needs, which may include writing a letter of reference or putting in a good word with one of their customers or future employers.
One of the best ways to share your new contact information is to send emails from the account you plan to use. In your email, be sure to include both your permanent phone number and email address. If you’re serious about staying in touch, include a message that explains that intention. You could also arrange plans through this message to keep your connections to your network strong.
Another tip for staying in touch with your network: Join a professional organization or association affiliated with your industry. JobStars offers a list of organizations you might consider.
For more tips on helping your employees through the closing of your business, read our article, How to Tell Your Employees Your Business Is Closing.
Then, log into your owner's portal for a complete checklist to help you through the closure process.