Kiesha over at WeBlogBetter recently wrote about the downside to when she used to commute. I briefly commuted for more than an hour into downtown Los Angeles. It didn’t take me long to decide it was simply not worth it.
Many cannot imagine choosing not to commute. Where they live most may live in one area and commute to another so it never occurred to them there are options. But you can, by making a conscious choice about your career.
You do NOT have to have a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke). You could choose to work from home for yourself like I do. Many of us collaborate and refer work to each other so that we can balance out our workload.
Or you could decide to earn less so you can live closer to your work. When you get laid off is a good time to consider relocating to a less expensive area. This is wise if the available positions pay less than you were making.
The lower your pay the better off you will be financially by moving where housing costs and other expenses are lower. You need a high salary to live in an expensive area. Or you can cut expenses by eliminating the need to own a car.
If you love where your live, consider changing jobs. (Don’t quit the one you have – find a new one first. It is easier to find a job when you’re currently employed because you are considered more “in demand”.)
Expenses are not the only reason for shortening your commute. The high cost of gasoline is one reason, but saving time is even more important.
You could work and live in a community where you can walk or ride a bike to work. Or where there are car sharing programs. Or where public transportation is a short ride. Or work from home.
Besides saving time and money, commuting can impact your life, health, and career in other ways. This humorous video explains the benefits of shortening your commute.
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