I’ve been on the move since mid-May. After retiring as CEO, my focus became becoming a doctor. For the past two months, I’ve been on the go. In May, I was asked to move to New York City to take over a fitness franchise. I was ecstatic. However, I had a week to pack my things in North Carolina and move to New York. I drove back to North Carolina, packed what I could, and moved to New York. I had no idea where I would live, how bad the traffic would be, and how expensive things would cost me in New York. Luckily, I’ve been in situations like this before, so I had an idea on what to do. I want to share tips and ideas for last-minute career changes and how to balance your money, time, and career while living it up in a new city.
What do I do if I need to move and begin working ASAP?
Find new friends prior to moving.
- Social media can help you socialize with people all over the world. I’ve always been a sociable person so connecting with New Yorkers was easy. The number one thing I looked for when looking for new friends was career related attributes. I am businesswoman, future doctor, model, actress, and head of a fitness company. I took in all of those perspectives and made new friends ASAP.
Where do I live?
- Find a nice Airbnb or hotel to sleep for at least a week or two. For that time, you’ll have a guaranteed place to shower, eat, get work done and come back to after work. If you need more than two weeks, some Airbnbs will allow you to do a short-term 3 -6 month stay. Hotels are a little expensive, so your best bet is to stay at an Airbnb or ask a friend if you could crash with them.
How do I spend money?
- Set aside money for food, essentials, commute, tolls, Uber, etc., because when you are in a rush you spend as you go. After a while, the money beings to add up. Create a budget for the first three months of your new move. The first three months are always the most expensive. Your budget should include:
- Food (include tip money)
- Travel (gas/toll/Uber)
- Emergency cash
- Personal and hygiene
- Entertainment (shopping/going out)
How do I travel and move at the same time?
- Pack a traveling suitcase. Even after I moved to New York, I was traveling out of state for work. I packed one suitcase with selective outfits. I packed another with all skincare and hygiene products. I put all of my office supplies and materials were put in an open, untapped box so I would have easy access to them. I packed the rest of my things into boxes. I traveled with the same suitcases and box for a week. Luckily for me, I was able to find an Airbnb they extended my stay for six months. I unpacked my car and put everything in the house. Everything is still in boxes and will resume there until I find my own place.
- Find a storage location near where you’ll be living. Pay for it and set it up before you hit the road. Fit what you can in your car. If you are bringing a lot of things with you to a new city, you can have everything shipped to your storage prior to moving (really expensive) or you can rent a U-Haul and tow your car.
What are some tools I can use to make my move easier?
Airbnb – Finding a place to live.
Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Wase – Finding your way around.
Postmates, Grubhub, or Uber Eats – To order food.
Google Translate – To translate another language
USPS – To quickly change your address and track your packages.
ParkWhiz – To find cheap and convenient parking.
Toll Calc – To determine the amount you’ll pay before taking a specific route that requires a toll.
EzPass – A quick and easy way to get through tolls faster. Using a EZPass gets you discounts. The discounts are based on the city your travelin in.