Try to attend one of the communities festivals or events for further insights.
There is nothing like a visual representation to expose the good, bad and the ugly
With your family and your cameras, go out into the community and take photos. Photos of:
- The things you like, the good.
- Things you don’t like, the bad and the ugly.
- The places you would like to live.
- Locations you would like to work in.
This will form the basis of some serious discussion as it will help to overcome decisions made on pure emotion.
Check out the people
Reach out to other businesses and people in your new community. They are vital to your continued success, both professionally and personally. You must be able to feel comfortable with the type of people living there. As your business adjusts to new surroundings, reach out and participate in local events on a regular basis.
Establishing these rewarding connections requires you to introduce yourself to your community and communicate your business’s vision. People will want to know, who you are, where you come from and what you are doing in their community. It is a good policy to be one of those people who gives before they get, and without expectations.
Look for a community that is ‘inclusive’. People who are too ‘picky and choosy’, don’t really understand the value of startups and small businesses to their community. Look closely at the range of activities and events that help entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to grow and prosper.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart”. Helen Keller
The number of local businesses that are willing to help you organise events, research programs or even donate furniture and equipment to your new business might surprise you. Living in a caring, sharing community is what helps make life work.
It’s easy to forget that nearly every established business, nonprofit or advisor in a community was once the new business trying to find its way around. Many forget but many remember. Look for those people who are open to new ideas and opportunities.
Relocating to a new community can be intimidating. Even through bonding with your work family and community networks, people can build lasting relationships, in some communities, they are lacking in social skills until they get to know you. So, don’t be afraid to step forward and quietly introduce yourself.
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When checking out a community, trust your instincts. If something or someone doesn’t feel right, look right and act right then your instincts or intuition is most likely right.
Listen to family and friends, they often know what you like and this could avoid problems later.