Hudson Modern’s 3 Essential Tips for Entrepreneurs Making the Move from the City to the Valley

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We used to be city people too. Grinding away in the Big Apple, battling summer humidity with central A/C, negotiating luxury gym prices, always on the hunt for the perfect parking spot (or any parking spot really).

Life was pretty good – but we realized life could be even better. Sweeter. More…serene.

So we headed just a few hours north to the Hudson Valley. Best decision we ever made. Seriously. For us, there’s no better place to start or grow a successful business. 

Every morning we wake up to the sound of snow falling or the faint hum of cicadas instead of a charming cacophony of car horns, sirens, and jackhammers. We can’t emphasize enough how beneficial peace and quiet is to our bottom line. Not to mention our health, happiness and well-being.

Many of you are considering moving your home bases north of the city. That’s one of the best aspects of owning your own business – having the luxury of living and working anywhere in the world. You’re not alone – there are a ton of other young professionals and innovative startups in the region.

Whenever you do decide to take the plunge, here are some of our top tips and resources for integrating yourself into the HV’s growing business community.

1. FIND YOUR TRIBE 

The Hudson Valley is home to an unbelievable support system of emerging businesses that’s just waiting to be tapped into. Introduce yourself. Look into local meetups & retreats, explore local businesses, and get out there!  Connecting with other entrepreneurs is beneficial to your business for many reasons:

It’s a good business practice.

Growing your local network opens the door to potential collaboration and B2B clients. You can swap stories, advice, ideas and contacts.

It’s fun.

On a personal level, meeting like-minded people can help you stay sane through the stressful (yet exciting!) days of hard work ahead.

It’s inspiring.

Networking doesn’t have to be painful like those cocktail hours and mixers in the city – you’ll soon see that the Hudson Valley attracts inspiring down-to-earth individuals who truly care about developing the economy of the area.

Hudson Modern favorites:

HUDSON VALLEY TECH MEETUP

https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/

THE HUDSON VALLEY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

https://www.dcrcoc.org/HVYP

 

2. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE

Feeling stuck creatively? Need to cool off after a disagreement with your business partner? It happens to the best of us.

When it happens to us, we find it helps to change up our environment to gain a fresh perspective. In those moments we love to turn to one of our favorite co-working spaces to mix things up a bit. Here are our some of the best in the area:

RHINEBECK: CO

http://hmodern.co/cowork

KINGSTON: SENATE GARAGE

http://hmodern.co/senategarage

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP

Need help with funding? After all, it takes money to make money, and lucky you – there are a number of fantastic resources that want to help you get your business off the ground. We researched a few:

HUDSON VALLEY STARTUP FUND  

http://hmodern.co/hvstartupfund

HUDSON: HUDSON VALLEY AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (HVADC)

http://hmodern.co/hvadc

KINGSTON: THE FARM BRIDGE  

http://hmodern.co/thefarmbridge