It happens. You land a new job, find that special someone or simply seek new beginnings. Reasons aside, you are forced to pack up your entire life, everything except your social circle – that stays behind along with your favorite lamp that wouldn’t fit into your car. And just like that, you must relocate and start anew.
We can all agree that moving is a stressful experience. The amount of labor involved in purging, packing and setting up house is enough to never want to move again. Yet, the average person will move 11 times in his/her lifetime. Some of us brave it alone, while others go through it with a family in tow. Either way, it’s stress inducing and wreaks havoc on your social life.
Fortunately, there is a startup that wants you to rethink the way you relocate — NewbeeNetwork. It’s a social network that provides you with the resources to manage the logistics of your move while also matching you with others in your new city.
“Instead of feeling uprooted every time you move, I wanted to create a safe and supportive place online where you could start building your new life before your move … ” says Candice Torian, Founder of NewbeeNetwork.
“I wanted to create a platform where you can ask someone local for advice to make better decisions about your move.”
—Candice torian, founder
Candice is not a Newbee to moving. She has moved seven times in seven years and says each time was not easier than the last. “It never gets easier to relocate because there isn’t a single resource out there that addresses the totality of a move, until NewbeeNetwork.”
Along with matching you with past, present and future movers in your new city, the platform also provides tools like a pre-populated moving checklist you can customize and a proposed budget that will help keep your finances on track.
As if that wasn’t enough, the platform also rewards its Newbees who make progress in their move with drops of honey that can be redeemed for exclusive deals from local businesses. Even if you aren’t actively moving, you still can join the network to earn honey and unlock deals as a City Expert who advises Newbees moving or new to your city.
NewbeeNetwork.com is currently in beta and preparing for a public soft launch in spring 2017. The company offers plenty of incentives to its early adopters like additional honey for new users and even more when user’s give feedback.“Our early adopters are so gracious with feedback. They’ve largely shaped the product we will release to the public in 2017.” Candice concluded.
If you want to get in on the action early, the pilot version of the site is still open.
— Dr. Dionne Mahaffey is an Atlanta-based writer, business psychologist and founder of The WhereU app. Follow her on Twitter @ATLcelebrity @WhereUCameFrom