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Moving To Hawaii
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I have a new business in Virginia providing content and UX services for (primarily) small businesses. Since the business uses freelancers and has no brick-and-mortar office, my wife and I have wanted…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris OKennon Feb 26, 2013.

 

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Chris OKennon replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Cost of living may be tough to get used to.  Traffic I'm used to, as a commute up to DC can easily take 2 hours.  Culture shock and xenophobia is probably no better or worse than Richmond, where if you weren't born into a niche,…"
Feb 26, 2013
Ken Berkun replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"well said."
Feb 25, 2013
Brian replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Being white is not much of an asset here. Being rich/connected is an asset virtually anywhere. Hawaii has pros and cons like any place. I've lived on islands my entire life and I think a line from Six Days Seven Nights sums it up for me.…"
Feb 25, 2013
Chris OKennon replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Being white and connected/rich is an asset, just being white is only the status quo.  But I get your point.  I'm a sweetheart with a good sense of humor, so I should be too off-putting. And to be honest, a different business world…"
Feb 24, 2013
John replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"From what I know of the Deep South, being white is as an asset in the good ole boy network. In Hawaii, it's kind of the opposite, especially if you weren't born here and, as Ken alluded to, didn't go to the right high…"
Feb 24, 2013
Ken Berkun replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Nothing is impossible.  But you are entering a small crowded market, so it certainly won't be easy!   Stay in touch and let us know what you decide. Ken"
Feb 24, 2013
Chris OKennon replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"We do love Hawaii.  Our other choices are the DC area (hectic), NY, or CA.  All are acceptable to my wife.  But all of them are a pain in one way or the other.  And Hawaii is just so much more pleasant.  But we do IT stuff,…"
Feb 24, 2013
Chris OKennon replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"I'm okay with hard, it's impossible I don't like.  I'm from the Old South, so I get the relationship thing and talking story.  Everything in the South is part of the Good Ol' Boy Network.  I just want to make…"
Feb 24, 2013
Ken Berkun replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"i'm looking for  a "like" button, John. ken"
Feb 24, 2013
John replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Wow, that's a relief. Now, I won't be taking the most negative position in this discussion :) On the positive side, it is easier than ever to run a business that deals with people in the mainland and internationally. My company has…"
Feb 24, 2013
Ken Berkun replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"I will be more blunt.  The only reason to run a business in Hawaii is because you love living here.  OK or perhaps you have a tourist oriented business.  There are no or minimal incentives (though one is working it's way right…"
Feb 24, 2013
John replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Chris, so you want to sell to local Hawaii businesses? That could be challenging as (1) it's not a big market and (2) business is heavily relationship based. Of course, it depends on personality - if you like networking and talking story, etc.…"
Feb 24, 2013
Chris OKennon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post Building a Tech Company in Hawaii
"How has technology helped your business needs?  For example, are you able to use Skype or GoToMeeting to do business with mainland customers?"
Feb 24, 2013
Chris OKennon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post Building a Tech Company in Hawaii
"I'm going to shoot off questions as they come to me, but this is an excellent article. 1. I've heard good and bad about Hawaii's school system.  I have three bright and creative kids, and I certainly don't want them left…"
Feb 24, 2013
Daniel Leuck replied to Chris OKennon's discussion Moving To Hawaii
"Aloha Chris, I wrote a blog post about starting a tech company in Hawaii that you might find useful. In short, its hard, but it can be done if you are willing to invest substantial time in networking, building a reputation and learning how to…"
Feb 24, 2013
Chris OKennon posted a discussion

Moving To Hawaii

I have a new business in Virginia providing content and UX services for (primarily) small businesses. Since the business uses freelancers and has no brick-and-mortar office, my wife and I have wanted to try moving to Hawaii and using that as our base. I spent some time in Hawaii back in the '90's, and Hawaii is much more like my wife's native Japan than Virginia is. My concern is that there might not be enough business to support making the move. How is Hawaii for providing small business…See More
Feb 23, 2013

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