Moving to and Starting a Business in South Florida 

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Living and working in South Florida can be a wonderful experience; many cities offer bustling nightlife, gorgeous scenery and weather, and tons of money-making opportunities due to the booming tourist industry. The state is also full of great, walkable neighborhoods. There are many reasons people choose to live in this southernmost state, but there are some things to keep in mind before you move or start operating a business there. Today, Wyser Homes shares some of the best tips for thriving in South Florida.

Find Your New Home

The Miami area truly has something for everyone. From the bustling downtown area to the laid-back suburbs, there is a neighborhood to suit any lifestyle. When looking at homes, there are a few factors to consider, such as proximity to work and schools, commute times, and amenities. For example, someone who enjoys spending time outdoors may want to look for a home near one of Miami’s many parks or recreation areas. Families may prioritize finding a safe neighborhood with good schools. And anyone who loves nightlife will want to be sure to choose a place that is close to the city’s many bars and restaurants. To ensure you only focus on properties that fit your budget and your family’s needs, connect with Wyser Homes. Our deep knowledge of the area and our dedicated agents put your needs first so you can find the perfect place to call home. 

Set Up Your Venture

Next: Set up your business. Starting your venture in South Florida isn’t difficult; in fact, it’s one of the many reasons companies relocate to the state. But certain steps must be taken, such as deciding on your legal operating structure (i.e., LLC, corporation, etc.), registering with the state, and forming your business. If you’re trying to juggle a lot at once, which is likely if you’re relocating, then consider working with a formation service. These professionals can help you determine the right structure, help you register with the state, choose a name and create an operating agreement.

Take Advantage of Local Resources

If you’re thinking about relocating to South Florida to start a business, there are several resources available to help you get started. The City of Miami has an excellent website that provides detailed information on all aspects of doing business in this area. There is also a wealth of information available from local organizations such as SCORE. These organizations can provide guidance on everything from where to find office space and how to obtain permits to what type of marketing and advertising will be most effective for your company.

Keep Those Tourists in Mind

When you’re living in South Florida and trying to build a business there, WTSP suggests keeping the tourism trade in mind always. Spring break (usually in March) and winter months are the biggest times of the year for Northern folks to migrate South, and they contribute quite a bit to the local economy – a whopping $76 billion in 2013 – when they come. All those extra bodies can make the beaches crowded and the highways a bit more frustrating, but remember that they are doing their part to help the city thrive.

Florida is a Melting Pot

GMCVB points out that South Florida is a huge melting pot of people from all over. Do some research before you decide on a place to set up shop. Depending on what you’re selling or what service you’re offering, you’ll do well to make sure there is a need for your product in a particular neighborhood. Check out other local businesses in the Miami area to see what they offer and to get a handle on your competition. 

Florida Weather is Unpredictable

Many people familiar with South Florida will tell you that the weather can be unpredictable at best. While there are many sunny days in the Sunshine State, there are also tons of pop-up thunderstorms that include dangerous lightning and can whip up the waves at the beach in no time. Be prepared every time you go out by taking along an umbrella and poncho and keeping spares in your trunk, along with blankets and road flares in case of emergency.

Take Care When You’re Outdoors

South Florida has some of the most beautiful scenery, beaches, and parks in the country, so most people who live there spend a lot of time outside. Be sure to always bring along sunblock, drinking water, and a hat to protect your face from the harsh rays of the sun. Even a few minutes in the state’s blazing heat can make you feel tired or dehydrated, so take care when you’re spending any amount of time outdoors. Avoid overheating by wearing light-colored layers, drinking plenty of water, and staying in the shade when possible. 

If you’re thinking of moving to South Florida to open a business, there is a lot to consider. We hope that this blog post has given you some idea of what to expect and what the process looks like. Moving can be daunting, but it can also be an exciting new chapter in your life. Do your research, make a plan, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. Good luck!

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, the experienced, friendly agents at Wyser Homes can help! You can call us at 305-707-4507.

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