Moving Without a Job? Here’s What You Can Do

Many times a move is predicated by a relocation for work. But what if you purchased a new home in a different area and are moving without a job lined up? This is a realistic situation when your spouse is moving for their career, yet it leaves you out of work. 

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Whether you’re building your dream home or buying an existing one, moving without a job in place can be a challenging time. | Photo credit: yanalya

The unemployment rate in Louisville is currently 5.6%, which suggests it could be difficult to immediately land a new job in the city – particularly if you specialize in a specific sector. Fortunately, there are various alternative paths you can take. 

If you’re moving without a job, here are possible career opportunities you can immediately jump into on a short or long-term basis. 

Moving Without a Job, Start Your Own

With the power of the internet, it’s possible to start an online business in as few as 24 hours. All you require is a strong business idea, a quick analysis of the market, and the drive to launch your product/service. 

You can establish your business exclusively on platforms like Amazon and eBay. However, in many cases, it is highly recommended you create a professional website. Along with having complete control over its design and contents, it also acts as the foundation for your marketing efforts


Writing, graphic design, developing – there are many job roles available to those working on a freelance basis. To work in a specific freelance sector, however, relevant experience, talent, and passion are all required qualities. 

Finding clients is one of the hardest aspects of working freelance. To improve your chances of securing work, put together a portfolio that best demonstrates your skills. A website can especially help in making you stand out from others. 


If you own a car, there are few options better for earning a living wage immediately than working as a courier. Delivery drivers are in high demand, the pay is attractive, and you can get started with little effort. 

Perhaps the biggest obstacle is finding the right platform for finding local courier jobs. You want a platform that is easy to use and has ample courier opportunities available. In this situation, Shiply is arguably the best option. Thousands of shipping jobs are posted each day and it provides access to millions of customers. You can learn more here about courier jobs. 

Interior Design 

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Of course, this option was going to receive a recommendation on this site. Yet if you have a great eye for style and can quickly put together a portfolio, you could become a self-employed interior designer. People want attractive homes, and they’ll enlist your services if they feel you can help. 

It’s quick and easy! Unlike working in real estate where you need to spend months earning your Realtor license, all you effectively require is an eye-catching website and online presence. You’ll also need to build relationships – particularly with furniture vendors – and get your name out there. This can be done by offering your services at reduced prices. Once you gather a collection of positive reviews and get the ball rolling, this will inevitably lead to more work opportunities. 


If you’re moving without a job to a new location, never fear, there are many ways to make a living. We hope some of the ideas listed here can spur your imagination and give you some leads to follow. Make sure to network with anyone you know in the new city. With some conversations over coffee, you may just find the perfect lead. Then you can move forward with the next stage of your life!

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.