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Tips for Moving From a Small Town to a Big City

Updated: May 13, 2022

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Are you thinking about uprooting your life and moving to the big city? Moving to a big city for the first time can be incredibly exciting, especially if you’re coming from a small town. People make this move for all kinds of reasons—a better job, a college education, an opportunity to pursue creative passions, etc. Regardless of why you’re moving or how you feel about it, it’s bound to have a major impact on your life. You must plan ahead if you want to enjoy a smooth transition to big city life.

Whether you’re making the move to Houston or some other American metropolis, Zomper & Associates is here to offer a few actionable tips to make your move a breeze!

Moving Your Business

Unfortunately, moving is more complicated when you own a business. Ecommerce business owners have it easier, of course. All you have to do is register your business in your new state and you’re good to go! But if you manage a physical storefront or serve customers from your home, you’ll need to go through many of the same steps involved in launching your business for the first time. For example, you’ll need to research whether you need special permits, including health, environment, or building permits, to run your business in your new location.

Moving Your Career

Unless you’re self-employed, moving to a city often means finding new work. If you like your job and it can be done remotely, consider asking your employer whether you can continue working for them in your new location. On the other hand, moving to a big city is a great opportunity to secure a job with a higher salary. If you’re planning on finding a new job, be sure to secure employment before your move! In big cities like Houston, there’s a lot of competition for high-earning positions, so you want to start your search as early as possible.

Moving Your Stuff

Moving to a big city often means a long-distance move. Be sure to book your movers well in advance so you can get the best rates and avoid issues with demand, especially if you’re moving during the busy summer months. Search for the best moving companies and be sure to read online reviews before calling for quotes. If you’re looking for ways to save money on your move, search for companies that are currently offering deals or discounts!

Before moving, try to find some time to declutter your things. Simple Lionheart Life explains that getting rid of anything you no longer need is a great way to reduce the cost of your move! Not only will this put some money back into your pocket, but you may be able to get by with a smaller moving truck.

Adjusting Your Budget

While big cities have a lot to offer residents, they can be hard on your budget. The cost of living tends to increase with the size of a city, especially when there’s a lot of demand for homes in the area. Be prepared to adjust your budget so you can continue living comfortably—and enjoy all the wonderful things the city has to offer! Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to cut your cost of living in the city. Consider getting a place with a roommate to share your housing expenses, ditching your car and sticking with public transportation, and cooking more meals at home to reduce your spending on food. According to Money Under 30, cooking just two more meals a week at home can save you almost $1,000 in a year!

Moving to a big city is a great opportunity to spread your wings, explore new perspectives, and pursue your professional goals. While the move won’t be easy, it’s well worth all the work involved! Do plenty of research and planning ahead of time to ensure your transition from small-town living to the big city goes smoothly.

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