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where do I even start?
« on: April 19, 2004, 09:15:04 pm »

Hello!

Okay, so I'm all about this.  It's a great idea and it excites me to no end.  I want to jump on board and get myself to NH as soon as my wife graduates in December.

So here are the things that are stopping us:

- I have no, and I mean zero, money.  My wife and I barely make it from week to week.  A move that far away would just not be do-able.  Hell, I couldn't move down the street in the foreseeable future.

- although I am degreed (communications) and have a CIW Master Designer certification, I'm lucky to have found the really crappy job I have now.  How does a person go about applying and interviewing for positions half the country away?  There's no way I could afford to visit NH to job hunt...   Is there some kind of Free State Project job hunter's database or network?

- the rent in NH is outlandish!  I would have to make far more money than I do now just to be able to afford to rent, let alone buy a place.  How is everyone doing this?  Is everyone independently wealthy?!

I know you all have probably heard this story a thousand times, but I hope you'll reply to me anyway.  I know, I know...if I want it bad enough then I should make it happen no matter what, but HOW?

If anyone would like to view my resume, it's here.

Thanks in advance!
Chris
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Re:where do I even start?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2004, 09:25:40 pm »

Check out this link:

Business / Employment in NH

Also, looking at your resume, you may find these links interesting:

Web Designer for DownsizeDC.org

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Re:where do I even start?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2004, 09:08:42 am »

Chris,

My advice: read the classifieds in the local papers (Union Leader, Concord Monitor, etc.), maybe consider jobs in the Boston area, and check online job databases (Monster.com, Idealist.org, etc.)  Do phone interviews, send nice emails.  (Also, if you're willing to be a corporate stiff, I believe Fidelity has a big headquarters around Merrimack.)

As for the rent, keep looking and ask around on the board.  Locals may have good tips for cheap housing, and it all probably depends on where you get a job anyway.  

Good luck.

Kate
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Re:where do I even start?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2004, 12:35:05 pm »

If you are looking to save some money for moving, you should contact Robert Gibson at serve-em.com. He's moving his business to NH and wants to employ FSP and/or libertarians. He also wants to hire sales reps around the country to recruit law firms to use his website to have papers served. When you sign a lawfirm up, you earn residual income on all continuing business they do with serve-em.com.
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Re:where do I even start?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2004, 01:51:36 am »

To ease your mind a little bit, you won't have to move with any immediacy. Even if the FSP reached 20,000 members tomorrow, you would have until 2009 to move.
Also, New Hampshire has one of the strongest job markets in the country, so finding new employment shouldn't be too hard (although admittedly I haven't looked).
I'll probably be in the same position in a couple of years when I'm done with college and mostly broke. As long as I don't end up walking there. ;D
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Re:where do I even start?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2004, 12:05:12 pm »

Chris -

First off...join the FSP!  Just by declaring your intention to move and be a part of this historic adventure makes it real for you and very subtly brings about real changes in your life!  Kinda like a marriage does.  The desire to move and make it all happen produces the energy and enthusiasm necessary...

Making a move and starting anew takes cash.  Get a second job...get a better job where you are...  Start a cash reserve and moving fund.  Make it grow...build it up.  First there's $50, then $250, then the first thousand.  You've gotta have cash to move.  There's no rush.

As for your job search in NH, start looking, researching, communicating and networking.  Posting here is great - keep posting and reading.  Keep your eyes open.  Google search for your dream job in NH and in your current town.  Ready, set, JOIN!

Brian  ;D

Here are some NH links to get you started:
http://www.sarcheck.com/NH-Software-Companies.htm
http://www.ecoast.org/companycorner.cfm


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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2004, 06:23:42 pm »

Another thing you can try....

The most expensive part of moving would be moving your stuff.

So... With the exception of a few things of heavy sentimental value, have a garage sale, or series of them, selling nearly EVERYTHING, and make a huge deal of it in the press "Local man sells most belongings to live free in New Hampshire".

It would get money for you, ease your move, and be great PR for the FSP.

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2004, 03:26:47 pm »

First off...join the FSP!  Just by declaring your intention to move and be a part of this historic adventure makes it real for you and very subtly brings about real changes in your life!

I agree with that!

Start saving money now.  You've got plenty of time to plan a move.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2004, 03:54:51 pm »

Hey Chris,

Would agree with those who said first thing to to is sign on!  You stated "I'm about this!"  Think it starts with getting your head right, making the committment.

Would suggest you begin learning about NH, looking for folks who are already here, drop them a personal note.  Ask questions, don't be afraid to say you need help.  Help is available, but only if you ask.

We have begun to establish a networking system to help.  Hey know in advance not Supermen or Superwoman here, but we do understand the difficulties many will face, and will do all we can to assist!

Dave

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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2004, 10:26:54 pm »

Thanks for all the terrific responses, guys.  

I'm just so impatient...it feels like I've already waited too long.  I've been waiting for something - anything to come along all my life.  I really don't feel like waiting another day, let alone another five years.

We'll see how things go.
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