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Moving long distance can be a strenuous endeavour, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re relocating because of a new job or just because you want to see different parts of the world, moving to a new area is a challenge and many are afraid to take that leap. However, it can pay off in the long run. Here are some of the pros and cons of relocating for business or for pleasure.
Pro: You can make more money.
If you’re looking to advance in your career, relocating may be one of the best ways to expand your horizons. If you’re a small business owner, you may find that there are areas with untapped potential in your industry, or who have a track record of success in your particular field. If you’re looking to work for a bigger, more successful company, you may want to relocate from your small town to a larger city to find more opportunities. There may also be ways to advance within your company that involve relocating to another branch that needs your services. When moving for a job, think about the cost of living in your new location. If you work in the tech industry and dream of working in Silicon Valley, you may want to set your sights on a less expensive city that has just as many tech job opportunities.
Pro: Enjoying a new culture
Even if you’re just moving a few states over, you can experience a huge culture shift. Especially if you’re moving from a small town to a big city, you’ll experience more diversity and new experiences than you ever thought imaginable. A new area can open your eyes to new food, attitudes, and ways of life, which might be a culture shock at first. If you’re open to these new experiences, you can greatly benefit from being immersed in a culture unlike your own.
Con: Leaving friends and family
One of the main reasons you may be hesitant to relocate is because you’ll be leaving loved ones behind. This sways many people’s decisions not to move to a new area. It can be a difficult adjustment to get along in a new home without your support network. However, with today’s technology, we can text, Skype, and talk on the phone at any time of the day to stay in touch. If you’re close to your friends and family and have no desire to leave them behind, but you’d still like to relocate to a bigger, more diverse city, you can do your research and find a happy middle ground. Pick a city that’s not too far from home, or has a great public transit system to get you back for every important life event.
Con: It can be costly
Relocating can be extremely expensive, so you want to make sure you have enough saved up before making the move. Some jobs will assist with moving costs, so if you’re able to find a great job in your field that will contribute, you’re one of the lucky ones. Between renting a U-haul, paying movers, and putting down money on an apartment or house, you’ll be paying a lot all at once. Consider renting or subletting an apartment until you’re sure you like your new situation. If you’re interested in buying a house, research the top cities that you’re considering and check pricing. You may make just as much money in Chicago as you will in New York City, but Chicago real estate may be slightly cheaper than a place in the Big Apple.