How to move across the country with no job lined up?
November 28, 2011 9:08 PM Subscribe
Is $10,000 enough for me to move out of Florida (where I am currently) and make it in Los Angeles without a job lined up?
posted by signondiego to Work & Money (47 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career. I'm wondering if I would be OK leaving with 10 grand or if I should save up to $15,000 and then go.
Background: I'm living in a suburb of a Florida city and have been itching to get out for the past few years. I have nothing tying me here—no significant other, no great job, no close friends, a location I really don’t like. This would be a huge step for me, something I have always wanted to do but have never done.
I haven't lived on my own before, but I have everything planned out, so this question isn't about that. I'm basically asking if 10 grand will be enough, because I'm thinking about saving up to around 15 and then leaving.
I'd be taking any job I can get, and living very minimallly. So figure maxing out around $1,000/month, maybe a couple hundred added to that when I first get out there. Or even when I get a job, dip into my savings by maybe a small bit.
I don't have too much work experience. I work 35 hours a week as a produce clerk, and in the past I worked in a garden center. I'm making just under 1 grand a month now, so staying here even longer is rather unappealing.
I'm worried about finding a job with my lack of experience, so I'm preparing for the long haul. Would I be crazy to leave with 10 grand? I know I'm going regardless when I have 15 or so, which I feel more comfortable with. So I'm looking at leaving in Feb/March or waiting until around July-November.
I could look at the situation in January and go from there, I just wanted to get a second opinion.