Stay Or Go? 4 Things To Consider Before Relocating For Work

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Jul. 1 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Sometimes, the opportunity that will propel your career forward is outside your city. Even with the rise of remote work, some businesses still require your presence in the office. If you’re searching for your next promotion, moving could be the right choice for you.

If you’re conflicted about taking an opportunity outside of your city, you must weigh the pros and cons before making such a big decision. With that in mind, here are four things to consider before relocating for work.

1. Support Network

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Having people you can count on is important for your well-being. If you plan on moving alone or with your family, you should consider if you’re the type of person who makes fast friends. Perhaps you’re not feeling a strong connection in your current relationships. In that case, a move could help you connect with like-minded people.

“The quality of our social relationships is a strong determinant of our happiness,” Harvard researchers told USA Today. “Because of this, almost anything we do to improve our connections with others tends to improve our happiness.”

2. Cost Of Living

From accommodations to everyday necessities and entertainment, the cost of living can vary from city to city. Some of these costs you can size up through online research. Rentals or properties for sale are usually posted online. You can also visit grocery store websites to get an estimate of what your usual shopping list would cost there. By utilizing these resources, you can determine what your lifestyle would cost elsewhere. You can also use resources such as Numbeo to compare the general cost of living between cities.

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3. Moving Costs

Counting the costs before you go is crucial to feeling more settled if you decide to leave. Assess if you’ll have to break your current lease or sell your home. You may need a real estate agent to find new accommodations, plus the cost of a deposit and your first and last month’s rent. Some properties have an income requirement as well. That said, you’ll have to account for your current income and the income you’d make in your new position. 

There’s also the cost of moving from one city to another to consider. However, you could buy new or used items once you’ve moved to your new location. Remember, some employers help with various aspects of the relocation process. Make sure to ask your contact at the company.

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4. Location

Some people love well-connected cities, while others enjoy slower-paced suburban towns. Living in a place where you can enjoy your day-to-day routine will influence your overall quality of life. Do you need hiking trails nearby or bodies of water? Do you prefer walkable areas? Is there sufficient public transportation? Is traffic manageable with a car? These details add up to make your experience an adventure or a challenge.

Before you sign the dotted line, these are the four things to consider before relocating for work. Taking stock of your preferences will help you make the right decision, personally and professionally. If you’re still unsure, planning a trip can help you get a feel for your potential new city. In addition, connecting with people who already live and work there could be invaluable.

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By: Wanda Duncan

Wanda Duncan is a multipotentialite entrepreneur and travel and wellness writer. She’s slow traveled since 2010 through Europe, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa and Central America. Find her work in Fodor’s Travel, Her Agenda, The Black Wall Street Times, Love B. Scott, and WeTravel. Wanda is the founder of Black Women Travel and won the Women in Travel Summit 2023 Bessie Awards Social Impact Award and was nominated for the 2021 Trailblazer Award. Connect with Wanda through her website

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