The itch for a change of scenery may be pulling at your sensibilities but taking that leap of faith and moving to a new city without a traditional plan may be one of the best decisions you make.
Your parents and friends may advise against moving to a new city without a job, but sometimes you have to take risks to reap the rewards. That being said, you should save as much money as you can beforehand and formulate a plan… and a backup plan. You may be thinking of all the reasons why relocating to a brand-new city without a job won’t work out, but we’re here to help you strategize for a successful move.
If you want to move without a job…save, save, save.
If things don’t come together as quickly as you anticipated, you’ll need some money to fall back on. Research the cost of living in the city that you plan to move to, and then calculate your monthly expenses. It’s recommended to have money for about three to six months of living expenses so you can get by without income while you’re searching for the perfect job. If you’re planning on downsizing, sell some (or all) of your stuff to avoid clutter and earn some extra money. If you’re planning on renting when you get to your new city, opt to get a furnished place.
You can start job hunting before your move. Check out our helpful resource for landing a job in a different state.
Consider a telecommuting position (even if it’s only for the short-term)
If you already have a job in your current city and it seems feasible, ask about telecommuting. This can help both you and your employer, who won’t have to scramble to find a replacement. Alternatively, you can scour the internet for a job that allows you to work from home. A job that allows you to work from anywhere can ease some of the stress surrounding finances during a move. You can find tons of virtual work on Flexjobs.com, indeed.com and virtualvocations.com.
If it’s something you don’t particularly enjoy, search for something in town that you actually want to do upon arrival.
Have friends or family there? Ask to stay with them temporarily.
If your life is in a state of flux and you’re not sure whether you’ll be able to cover bills at a new place, ask someone you know if you can stay with them. If you think your stay may be longer than a week, consider splitting up your time between multiple friends or family members while you get on your feet. No one wants to feel like they’re overstaying their welcome, and people will appreciate it if you give them an end date when you ask if you can temporarily crash.
Consider moving to a temporary spot
If you can find a place to rent short-term, perhaps one that has utilities included, this allows you to calculate exactly how much you need to pay for rent and shows your landlord that you’re trustworthy. Additionally, this allows you to check out the area and make sure it’s a good fit. If you can, pay for your entire stay upfront so that all you have to worry about are your other living expenses. Airbnb has a trove of monthly listings and doesn’t require you to sign a lease. Sublet is another great resource for finding short-term listings.
When you move without a job, expect the unexpected
Having a backup plan if things don’t go your way is essential. Keep your network of supporters close so that you have someone to stay with if necessary and try to keep a financial safety net tucked away. Don’t rule out part-time work or freelance gigs while you’re searching for something more permanent. Unforeseen circumstances pop up all the time, but it’s how you handle them that determines the outcome.
Now that you’re there, mingle and explore!
So, you’ve taken the plunge. You’re feeling anxious and excited. Your future may seem uncertain and that’s okay. Get out there and meet people that could potentially connect you to local jobs. If you’re not sure how to meet people, volunteering for a cause that means something to you is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people.
When you need some help with your move, we offer a multitude of options. We also offer free quotes to give you an idea of what your move will cost, without any pressure to use our services. Relocating without a job can be daunting but it can also be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.