Are there employment options closer to home?
Our society is one where long commutes have become the norm. In some areas that might be necessary because there aren’t many good employment options. You can probably find a higher-paying job in a larger community with more opportunities. However, sometimes staying closer to home can have its own benefits.
Even if the job options closer to home don’t pay as much, they have their own perks:
You can save money in gasoline and wear and tear on your car.
- If you are commuting 30 miles or more, you are spending on average $8 a day just on gas. That’s about $40 per week just for gas and doesn’t include the wear and tear on your car.
Being able to work closer to home helps our family, health, community, economy and the environment thrive.
You can save time with less of a commute.
- That 30-mile commute probably takes you about 45 minutes. Double that and you are looking at 1 ½ hours per day in your car. And you still have to be at work for at least 8 hours.
- Working closer saves precious time. Time that could be spent with your family or doing other things you enjoy besides sitting in traffic.
Being in your community.
- When we are stuck working in another city, we are missing out on all the things that are going on in our own town.
- Working within your own community gives you the chance to meet more people in that community.
- You will have more flexibility to be a part of your children’s lives by being accessible to them during the day – school performances, sporting events, or being able to pick them up from school when they are sick.
Add up your driving expenses and the time it takes to commute to your current job. Now look at other local job postings and evaluate if it would be worth it to work closer to home.