Many young professionals in small towns move to big metropolitan cities for a better chance at finding a job.

Some of the best cities to find a job are bustling locales like Austin, Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco. If you’re job-hunting outside of an urban area, you might find yourself facing an uphill battle.

That’s why young professionals like Cameron Webb, Sqwiggle iOS developer, headed to Atlanta to pursue a successful career. He and his wife, Amy, moved further from their smaller hometown for better job opportunities, distancing themselves from family and friends.

When a family crisis struck, the couple realized that the distance from family wasn’t what they wanted. They needed work flexibility to bring together the best of both worlds: a stable job and a shorter distance to family.

Stuck in the City

After college, the young couple ended up in Atlanta to focus on their careers. Like many professionals who make sacrifices to put their careers first, they accepted that they were going to be calling Atlanta “home” for many years to come for the sake of job stability. Moving back to their home state became a distant dream they knew wouldn’t happen anytime soon.

“We always talked about moving back to Iowa. We were far away from everybody—all of our family and friends,” Cameron shares. “We would fly back and it was super costly.”

Finding Work Flexibility

After months of working at an LA-based tech company with an office in Atlanta, Cameron became tired of the fragmented communication between the offices. He realized communication issues were a huge barrier for teams who don’t share an office, and he decided he wanted to help find a solution to this problem.

Cameron soon found Sqwiggle, a remote tech startup focusing on improving collaboration for virtual teams, and his next job switch became obvious. He joined the team several months later, and broke the chain to his office job, becoming a remote employee.

In December, Amy’s father unexpectedly passed away in Iowa, and the couple made an emergency trip to be with family.

It became evident to them that living in Atlanta wasn’t going to cut it anymore. The distance wasn’t worth it. Not only did they want the ability to visit family for emergencies, they just wanted the flexibility to see them whenever they wanted.

“It seemed like a good time to be back with family,” Cameron notes. “It was hard on her family. She wanted to be able to go easily or more often.”

Because Cameron’s work flexibility allowed him to move and live anywhere, they decided to rely on his income while Amy looked for a new job in Iowa.

Weeks later back in Atlanta, Amy prepared to quit her job. She was committed to the change, and accepted the fact that she was going to be without a job and income for a while. When she went to her manager to tell him she was leaving, to her surprise, he suggested remote working instead. So she gave it a go.

Finally Home

Once Cameron and Amy were both able to work remotely, the couple didn’t hesitate to pack their bags and head back home, where they could be close to family and friends once again.

Work flexibility allowed them to finally have the best of both worlds.

[Amy] can work from her family’s house if she wants to. She [can] be around family and work at the same time,” says Cameron. “Work flexibility has been good to us.”

Many professionals often have to move where the job opportunities are. However, leaving their family and friends behind is the price they pay. With work flexibility, professionals don’t have to make that choice or sacrifice. They can have fulfilling careers without distancing themselves from the people they love.

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