What considerations should I make when looking for a software job in San Francisco if I want to continue living in Fresno?
February 19, 2011 6:22 PM Subscribe
What considerations should I make when looking for a software job in San Francisco if I want to continue living in Fresno part-time?
I am specifically looking for a Ruby on Rails position at a software production company or a startup. I want to maintain residence in Fresno because I have a young child here who lives with his mother and I want to remain close. My ideal schedule would be 2 or fewer consecutive days per week in the city, the rest remote, at a company that is in close proximity to some sort of public transportation that I could use to get into work on my "onsite" days (or the night before).
Specifically what area of the city would my ideal company be located in that is accessible to public transport? It looks like I can use the Amtrak to get into the Bay Area from Fresno, and then take the BART over the bridge into SF proper. Anyone know if I can get my bike on the Amtrak and THEN onto the BART or is it worth the hassle?
If I were to rent a room in an apartment or home, so that I could stay overnight part of the time, where would I find a public transport accessible neighborhood to start my search?
Am I crazy for thinking that I can reasonably pull this off? My son is almost 6 months old now, so when he gets older (2-3 years old?) it might be possible for me to move permanently but until then I think this is the only way to make it work.
What other expenses should I be planning for that are SF specific? I am expecting to pay about $70 per week for roundtrip transportation to SF (Amtrak/Bart), and about $100 per week for a night in a hotel or a sublet room in an apartment/home. Anything else I should consider? Are these realistic estimates?
Any other thoughts, words of advice or caution you may have are welcome!