This might seem like a situation that not many people find themselves in but actually there are a number of parents working abroad without their families. Obviously, there is a reason that people choose to move away from their families and a lot of the time that motivation is financial. There are also a lot of other perks other than just the basic salary that might motivate you and a lot of these perks will help with the move.
Chances are, if there is just one of you, you won’t have enough to fill a container as these can be 1500kg compared to the 50kg maximum that you might need as an individual. Therefore, it makes more sense to have a suitcase of essentials for the three weeks it will take the rest of your belongings to be shipped out to you.
One of the likely perks is that, unless you’ve made arrangements for your residence before your move out there, you will probably be put up by your employer until you can be moved into more permanent accommodation. This could mean a hotel or it could mean a room in a flat share. Either way, it’s not bad as long as you aren’t paying for it.
The most important thing is establishing which makes the most financial sense in terms of your finances: buying all new furniture and furnishings out there or getting some shipped from home. If you are moving out to your new job without your family then it is likely that they will be staying in the family home and therefore, keeping hold of the family furnishings. This doesn’t mean that you should buy budget stuff, especially if the employer is giving you some sort of moving grant or loan. Often, even with the loans, they are repayable on something of a sliding scale so that the longer you are out there the less you have to pay back when you leave. This loan or grant might be a good opportunity for you to get better furniture so that when you return to your family you can take it back with you and replace the older family furniture.
Of course, it might be that your employer is less forthcoming but if you are in a position to be headhunted or doing them a favour in taking on this job then you are also in a position to ask for the necessary benefits of moving abroad. If you are not in this position then nevertheless you will be moving into a position where there is provided accommodation or the facilities available for accommodation – it might not be free though.
Make sure you factor in a regular number of flights home if you are moving alone.
Therefore, when moving abroad, for business, it’s all about the preparation. It’s all about the preparation when you move abroad for pleasure, of course, but getting the job is really only your first step on the journey to working abroad. There’s a lot more to it than just signing the contract and booking your flight and this article only concerns the removals. There’s also visas and residency all sorts of other things that will need considering in your big move. But it’s also new, exciting and fascinating to be working in a whole new place and all those experiences are going to be thrilling. So good luck and have fun!