Hey all, I know this is not an interresting subject like "big styrofoam blocks", however we are very seriously planning to move to St. Croix in the not so distance future, actually plans for such have been in the works for a while and with us recently learning that the city will be taking our house for road expansion reasons, our schedule will soon be set by this move. We are considering starting a couple of different small buisnesses but will probable have to work for someone else initially until we can get set up, ect.
The question I would like some insight on is some of your experienced opinions on how marketable our tallents would be on the island. My wife is a creative director at a large publishing company ( graphic design) and has some interior design / artistic experience. I am a VP for a large commercial landscape installation company (landscape designer) plus am very mechanical, be it electrical, plumbing, construction or automotive. Cruious as to what you can tell me.
I can't really give you good advise, however I think you have a good chance to find something with the landscaping installation. Some way back someone posted that they have enough electritions. I am not sure but with so many people buying I could also see a market for interior design. I would call a realtor and check if they might have an idea. Keep checking the Vidaily they do post jobs often. I am checking every day to see if something shows up.
Your question is a good one. I do wonder which skills do the island need the most.
Your wife might contact the Avis, St. Croix's newspaper. She might also look into the advertising firms/marketing on St. Croix. Look up the Ad Club of the VI, join it so she can network with folks that are in publishing. Also look up the tourist publications that promote St. Croix (St. Croix Explorer, St. Croix this Week, St. Croix Guidebook). Try some local architects to see if they have Interior Design people on staff, contract.
For landscape; contact Carambola they have a large resort, condos and golf course. Any positions there would be more of maintainance then installation. Also try the other large resort; Buccaneer - again they have beautiful grounds and a golf course... again maintainance would be the job situation there too. You might also contact architecture/construction firms about landscape design and installation work.
The Yellow Page are online at www.viphonebook.com so you can look up and contact businesses and see what you can find out as far as openings, faxing your resume...
I don’t know about graphic design, but I’d guess there is a strong need for more landscape designers here. New mansions continue to go up, particularly on the east end, and the yards need to be site analyzed, designed, and planted. Many of these homeowners don’t care what you charge them. If you do good work, they can afford to pay you a lot.
I can introduce you to people in the horticultural field. It’s a close community, and you’ll get a lot of help from others. Let me know when you’ll be here.