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Moving to a small town can offer a wide array of career options and modifications, many of which can improve your quality of life on their own. 

Even if you have no desire to change jobs or careers, you can always move to a small town near the big city you currently live in.  Most cities allow you to break out of their metropolitan area after driving about thirty miles from downtown.  This kind of relocation allows you to obtain the small town benefits without uprooting your job or family amenities, and can be done immediately. 

If you really want to have a substantial change of scenery, you may be able to relocate within your company.  Many employers offer the ability to transfer within the company, and many people today do not want to do that, so you have a lot of options. 

If you really want to make a major change in your work life, moving to a small town may finally give you the best chance.  The benefits of making such a change in a small town are many:

The lower living cost in a small town makes it easier on your wallet and worries when you are contemplating a major change.  In Frank’s small town, for example, the difference in just the property taxes and private school tuition is $30,000 per year savings. 

In small towns there is no “keeping up with the Jones’ to worry about -- all of that time and money can be poured into productive projects. 

In small towns, everyone has 2 or 3 jobs, so there is no stigma over doing what you have to do to pay the bills.  In Frank’s town, even the mayor has a full-time job as well as two side businesses. 

In a small town, it is much easier financially and morally to change to a one-income household.  If your wife no longer wants to work, the small town is a great place to experiment.  In most small towns, both adults do not work -- it’s the last U.S. bastion of the one income household. 

If you have chosen a college town, you might want to consider going back to school at night to get a new degree or expertise.  Also, your spouse might want to quit her job and go back to school full time to make a complete career transformation. 


There is no greater setting to make a career change than in a small town environment.


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