At some particular point in your life, you decide that you are going to be an entrepreneur. You thought about it for a long time, maybe discarded the idea a few times, and then one day, you settle it within yourself that you are going to start a business.
At that time, one of the thoughts that may cross your mind is that you need to relocate to some special place where people start businesses. Is that a valid question? And if so, where would that place be?
The Question of Location
To begin with, this question is probably irrelevant, but there are business fields that may benefit from operating in a certain area. This would apply to businesses such as local farming supply (not to put too fine a point on it), a recording studio that needs to be close to where the musicians live, or really any field where being physically in-person is required.
If you don’t have a business similar to one of these special cases, then it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot where your company is based. It all depends on what type of business you have.
The point is that you can probably do what you do from anywhere, due to the current technology that allows us to ship products or any items easily, communicate from anywhere in the world in real time, and even find many of the same markets you need to reach in any region of the U.S.
What Drives a Business Owner to Relocate?
So why would a new business owner deem it necessary to take his or her business elsewhere? What we’re talking about here is the misconception that businesses of a certain type can only be successful if they establish themselves in a metropolis that is heavily populated like NYC or LA, or in cities where your business type is known to be located, like tech startups, for example.
That may be valid in some cases, but again, our technology will allow you to operate with the same success no matter where you are.
Run Your Business from Wherever You Are
Do your research. Before you move the whole operation out to NYC, take a look at who is buying your product or service local to where you already are, rather than trying to compete with far more companies attempting to do the same thing in a large city.
There is a lot that you can do remotely that you may have otherwise planned to do in-person. Today, you can conduct meetings online, transmit any written correspondence electronically, communicate with your employees daily through live messaging software, and a lot more.
It very well may be the best course of action for you to take your business to a different geographic locality. This discussion is meant for business owners who feel compelled to move their entire lives and families to another city to protect the health of their new business.
The point is that you can probably be just as successful right where you are living now, as you could be in a big city with a larger sphere of commerce, barring some certain cases.
Commerce is being equalized geographically now with the mobility made possible by the Internet, and if you look into all of your options, you will most likely find that you can operate very well where you are.
Stephanie is the Marketing Director at Talkroute and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur as a leading authority on business and telecommunications.
Stephanie is also the chief editor and contributing author for the Talkroute blog helping more than 100k entrepreneurs to start, run, and grow their businesses.