The flexibility of remote work lets people work from anywhere. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 75% of Americans are working from home, and 66% of those employees say they'd consider moving if they had the flexibility to WFH as often as they want.
People are leaving bigger cities for smaller cities, suburbs, and rural areas that are less densely populated and often have a lower cost of living. As the Work From Anywhere Movement gains traction and working from home becomes broadly accepted, more employers will let you live and work where you want. In fact, companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Zillow, and more have announced plans to allow employees to work from anywhere at least through the end of the year (and in some cases, forever).
If you've found yourself wondering, 'Where should I move?', check out these places that will pay you to move there.
Deciding where to move is a big decision. If you want to work from anywhere, here are a few of the things you should consider before moving:
Ready to work from anywhere? Here are some places in the United States that will pay you to move there.
If you're looking to move to a warmer climate, Savannah, Georgia might be the place for you. The city announced its new Savannah Technology Workforce Incentive will reimburse $2,000 worth of moving expenses for qualified technology workers. The goal of this initiative is to grow and attract creative technology jobs and investment to the area. Like the city of Savannah says, "Why visit Savannah when you can move here?!" — besides the $2,000 incentive, here are 10 more reasons why you should move.
Fun fact: Topeka is the capital city of Kansas and it's paying people up to $15,000 to move there. The Choose Topeka initiative was started in 2019 to attract professional talent to the area. If you're interested in applying, you'll need to meet the following criteria:
The cost of living in Topeka is 10% below the national average. That statistic alone could be enough incentive to move there.
The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma began the Tulsa Remote program to bring, " … diverse, bright, and driven individuals to the city for community building, collaboration, and networking." To be considered for Tulsa Remote, you need to:
Once you meet the requirements, you'll eligible to receive $10,000 for relocation expenses, a desk space in a coworking community, and access to exclusive perks and events.
The Remote Shoals program is paying remote workers $10,000 to live and work in the Shoals community in Alabama. To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
With its low cost of living, affordable real estate, the Shoals is a great place for remote workers to relocate.
If you want to live in a major city, Baltimore, Maryland created the Buying Into Baltimore incentive. The program offers a $5,000 down payment and closing cost assistance incentive that reduces the up-front cost of buying a home in the Baltimore area. It's awarded by lottery to people who attend a Live Baltimore Trolley Tour and meet a few other eligibility requirements.
So, where will you choose to work from anywhere? Let us know on Twitter @OwlLabs and use the #WFA hashtag. Once you're settled in your new home sweet home, it's time to set up your home office. Check out these tips to set up your home office for maximum productivity.