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How to Talk to Your Remote Employer About Moving

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

If you’re a remote worker, there may come a time when you need or want to relocate. Whether it’s for personal reasons or because you want to be closer to your company’s main office, it’s essential to have a discussion with your employer about your plans.

Many employers are not licensed to employ workers in every state. When considering a move, one of your first tasks should be verifying that you would be able to continue your employment.

This is even more relevant if you’re considering moving to a different country.

On the other hand, if the employer is looking to build their presence in a new location or you have a promotion on the horizon, they may be able to help with relocating costs.

Either way, it’s worth mapping out how you will bring that up in conversation with your boss.

Talking to Your Remote Manager About Moving

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If you’re considering a move, here are some key things you need to know and discuss with your manager about the possibility of relocating.

1. Find Out the Company’s Location Restrictions

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Making a big move can be both exciting and daunting. In addition to finding a new place to live, you must consider things like schools, public transportation, and job prospects.

If you’re currently employed, one of the most important factors to consider is whether or not your job will be available in your new location. Or, perhaps you’re a military spouse or simply dreaming of living the digital nomad lifestyle.

Whatever your situation, it’s essential to determine where your company stands on location flexibility.

Thankfully, many companies are licensed to operate in multiple states, giving you more flexibility when choosing where to move.

However, it’s still a good idea to check with your employer before making firm plans. They may have specific policies that could impact your ability to keep your job after moving.

Doing your research ahead of time can help ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

2. Have a Solid Work Relocation Plan

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If you’ve got the green light from your manager or human resources department, you have some work plans to factor into all of the normal moving considerations. Ensure you’re considering things like delays in internet connectivity and slower-than-anticipated movers.

You’ll also want to afford the time to get familiar with your commute if you’re working a hybrid or in-person work schedule.

You might also consider mapping out any coworking spaces, local coffee shops, or alternative locations while there is moving chaos in the house for the first week or so.

If possible, take a few days off to set up your home office before you are scheduled to work so that you can have some time to settle in and get things organized. You’ll also want to communicate ahead of time with your team and your leader to ensure that any essential tasks can be overseen by someone else on the team.

A solid plan will help ensure a smooth and stress-free work relocation.

3. Consider Your Proximity to Company Offices

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When planning your move, it’s crucial to consider how it will affect your daily work-life requirements.

One thing to think about is how close you’ll be to any company headquarters or satellite offices. If you’re going to be closer, ask if there are any requirements for hybrid or in-person meetings due to the shorter distance from the office space.

It’s also essential to think about your commute. If you’re moving further away from the office, you may need to factor in a longer commute time if you work a hybrid role.

And if you’re moving to a new city, you may need to account for time spent learning your way around.

4. Discuss Any Compensation Changes Due to Relocation

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One of the most important factors to consider when relocating is your compensation package. It’s not just your salary that you need to think about, but also things like benefits and bonuses.

Keep in mind that compensation can vary widely between locations.

For instance, if you’re living in New York City, you might find that the company pays you far more than if you relocate to a small town. This is because the cost of living is much higher in New York City.

There are also various legal requirements that companies have to adhere to when it comes to compensation that might be determined by local and state laws.

For example, minimum wage laws vary from state to state, so a company may have to pay you more if you live in a state with a higher minimum wage.

All of these factors should be considered when evaluating your relocation options.

5. Inquire About Relocation Assistance

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It’s worth checking with your employer to see if they offer any assistance with moving costs.

Many businesses have a budget for relocation expenses and may be willing to help cover some of the costs associated with your move.

Be sure to ask for all of the details about this before making any final decisions, as it can make a big difference in your budget.

As a caveat, ensure that you inquire about any requirements for length of employment after the relocation assistance is offered.

6. Have a Plan if They’re Unable to Accommodate a Move

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You’ve been given the news — your employer can’t accommodate a relocation. It’s a hard blow, but you’re not without options.

Before you have a conversation with your boss, it’s essential to have a contingency plan in place.

You need to decide whether you’re willing to give up your plans to move or if you’re going to launch a job search for a more flexible career that you can pack up and take with you.

If you’re set on moving, you need to explore other job options.

You may also want to consider launching a secret job search, as your boss might be more aware that you’re considering a professional move. That way, you can ensure that your employment ends on schedule instead of earlier than you’re prepared for.

Making a Remote Relocation Plan

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Relocating can be a big decision, but moving your job with you doesn’t have to be complicated.

And if your employer cannot support a move, you may find it’s the push you need to find a more flexible job that better supports your needs.

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