Since My Company is Still Remote, Can I Move to Bend or Boise?


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More than a year has passed since the beginning of the pandemic. Some things have started getting back to normal. Many workplaces still remain in remote mode. If you’re operating from home anyway, why not move to your ideal spot?

The idea has appeal. Now that you don’t have to worry about a commute, you can put down roots anywhere. Out in the country in Central Oregon, Idaho or maybe on a Hawaiian beach.

Okay, some of that might be out of your range. You might not have the financial resources to move to your literal dream location. But you can still upgrade your geography without worrying about changing jobs. Welcome to Bend!

Still, don’t book the moving vans just yet. Even if your company remains remote, there are details to consider before you relocate. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Know Your Company’s Post-COVID Plans

Sure, your company has been remote for more than a year now. It seems like things will stay that way forever. But will they?

Before you make any permanent decisions, understand the answer to that question. Research your company’s plans. Confirm whether they have decided to make remote operations part of their ongoing policy once COVID finally passes for good.

Think About Your Long-Term Plan

Look at your reasons for wanting to move. Do you just want a change of pace? Are you trying to get closer to (or farther away from) family? Do you hope the labor market will be better in your chosen destination?

Whatever your specific reason, consider the move as part of your long-term plan. Yes, think about how it solves your near-term problems. But also look ahead to how it can unlock possibilities for your future.

Talk to Your Boss

If you plan on keeping the same job after the move, you should loop your boss into the discussions. Learn what they think of your plan. At the very least, it will allow the two of you to work out any necessary logistics related to the move.

Consider Other Impacts

Now that your company has gone 100 percent remote, moving might be an option for the first time. However, the geography of your job isn’t the only factor that should go into the decision. Consider the following points as well as you think about a potential relocation:

Cost of Living

Remember: you’re changing locations, but you’re not changing jobs. You’ll still have to make do with your current income.

Meanwhile, different parts of the country have different levels of expense. Housing prices, transportation and even simple costs like groceries can vary from location to location. Research your chosen destination and check that you can afford to live there given your income.

Relocation Expenses

Moving comes with its share of costs. There’s also the basic hassle of the process. Make sure you anticipate these before you lock into anything.


Wherever you go, the government will demand its share of your paycheck. However, some places have a higher tax burden than others. Compare the rules in your chosen destination with your current hometown. It could make a big difference in your financial situation.

Health Insurance

Some employers offer localized insurance options. You might not have the same coverage if you move out of your current network. Double-check these details before you do anything rash.

Moving is a big decision. That’s true whether you’re talking physical location or to a new employer. Research before jumping ship.

Matt Ertle, owner, PrideStaff Bend, an independent franchised business.


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