Would You Uproot Your Family For More Money?
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I was talking with a friend the other day about jobs and flexibility. With our economy slowly churning along and high-paying jobs being so scarce, the talk shifted toward moving. We both are married with children, yet we had different views on the subject. I figured I would see what you thought about this subject.
If you follow other blogs or even national blogs who cover the economy and jobs, you might hear some commenters tell those looking for jobs to move. Go where the jobs are. Hell, look at North Dakota. They are practically giving away jobs for those who want to work in oil and gas. Those are high paying jobs, yet they remain unfulfilled.
The location is not desirable. If I were by myself with no real ties to a location, then I would go. The money looks good, I could get my hands dirty producing energy, and it would be a new experience.
The family-man side of me puts a halt on this. When you have a family, moving for a higher paid job is a difficult decision. You can’t just think of yourself, but you have to think of everyone in the scenario. I thought my friend would think the same way, but I was wrong. When I asked him what he would do if a higher paid job came along, he said he would jump at the chance. Mind you, he has a wife, a child, and a house.
Moving Can Disrupt Everything
We just moved from one side of the city to another. It wasn’t for a job, but for a better area to raise our son. Now, that move was not fun. It took a toll on myself and my wife. There were a lot of issues with our Realtor and our home buyers. Though we were able to sell our home quickly, others in our area have not been so lucky. There are quite a few who have had their homes on the market for months and are still waiting for their homes to sell. The real estate market is pretty divided in our area.
If you decided to uproot your family for a higher paying job, you would need to sell your home, if you own it. This takes time and money. I just had a new manager in my day job leave the company because he couldn’t sell his home without losing a ton of money. He relocated from another state to work at the company and commuted back and forth each week. Once he realized he couldn’t sell his home without losing his shirt, he decided to quit. I get it.
Beyond selling your home, you have to deal with getting housing in the new area, then getting your vehicles moved, your kids out of school and into a new one, and your spouse a new job if he or she wants one. This is making my head spin just thinking about it and I am not moving anywhere.
But It’s More Money!
I believe this was my friend’s main argument. If a new job came with more money, he would uproot his family and go to a new place. He didn’t seem to think about it in any more detail. It was more money and that was the leading factor. Just as a note, he is doing OK for himself. They are not struggling for money, but more money is always welcome.
Is the prospect of more money the main motivating factor when thinking about uprooting your family for a new job? I know it surely isn’t for me. I am a planner at heart, and a defensive pessimist. I like to make sure I have all aspects covered with some sort of plan. If I were to move for more money, it would need to be for significantly more money and I would need a backup plan.
If you are single and have no ties in an area, then I would say get to moving to a better paying job. I actually recommend it for those who want to make more money. There are plenty of jobs in North Dakota which need to be filled. If you want to earn really good money, they want your number!
I would need a little more motivation to move and uproot my family from everything we have here. We have a lot of ties in the area and that keeps us here. We also have good jobs, good friends, and a nice house. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t be persuaded to leave, but it would have to be one hell of a negotiation!
So, what about you? Would you uproot your family to make more money? How important is the money in the decision to follow a higher paying job? Would you move to North Dakota for a good paying job?
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