I’ll start this post off by saying that I wasn’t looking for a new job when I moved to Austin, I already had one. I work remotely for a Mergers and Acquisitions Consultancy in New York.
My remote job pays the bills. It could pay a lot more, but then I’d have to sacrifice the freedom of living and working from anywhere (and sometimes, at any time) with the steady, routine, and predictable office life in New York City, which I already tried, and frankly, hated.
Naturally, I spent my first two weeks in Austin scouting for apartments. I wanted a furnished bedroom no more than 15 minutes from the city center.
It was easy to find because of how much Austin is changing by the day, spaces free up daily and people are usually in desperate need of a roommate. I moved into a large home with two other roommates.
It also turns out that one of those roommates was the hiring manager for the City of Austin. He asked me how many hours a day I work. I told him I really only work between 4-6 hours, on my remote job. Of course, I work around the clock, from the moment I wake up, until the moment I go to sleep, I’m reading, exercising, working on my books (another 4 hours), working on this website, and so on.
The hiring manager saw my skills in economics and mathematics (as well as in writing) as an asset for a position he had not filled since November of 2017. A difficult position to fill because no one else in the department had any qualifications in economics and finance and those who did were not versed in any kind of writing or saw writing with a kind of abhorrence.
I told him I wouldn’t leave my remote job, given the freedom that it permits me. He agreed to let me come into the office only three times a week for 4 hours a day and the rest of the time I would work from home.
It worked out beautifully because I don’t need to jeopardize my remote job and I can still live and work from anywhere. At the same time, it eliminates the anxiety I had about moving to a new place. Also, I’ll have the extra income which I’ll use to fund my Private Pilot’s License come summer.
So far, Austin has been a great experience. It is truly a wonderful place to live and work. I’ll keep you all posted on my experiences as I continue my journey in Texas.