If you're reading this article chances are that you're still living with yours parents somewhere in the suburbs of Montreal. You've been flirting with the idea of moving out but haven't made the big step out of your comfort zone.

We've all heard about how beneficial it can be to get out of your comfort zone, both in our career and personal life. When a certain amount of anxiety kicks in it can have a positive impact. When our backs are against the wall, our natural instinct will be to counter that feeling by finding a solution. When you subconsciously know your parents have your back and can cover up your mistakes, we often take it for granted. This leads to a slower self development process that can be detrimental to your career and character.

For this reason we don't perform to our full potential because someone in the team has the strength to cover up your weaknesses. This brings me to the idea that you should see yourself as a organization with many different departments that may include, education, finance, social life, health & fitness and career. In order for all these different departments to grow you need to cultivate the skills necessary for it to happen; and not be dependent of your parents. Here's a list of the things I think we should consider when planning to move out.


1. Rent

The rule of thumb for the price of rent is 30% of your income. This may vary for each case depending on what utilities are included in your rent.  For instance, you could perhaps afford a higher rent if your cost of transportation will be cut in half by moving closer to work or school. It also depends on your standards of living, so it is important to sit down and write down your budget. You need to know how much money you will have remaining after paying rent, groceries, phone bill, credit card debt, school and transportation.


2. Transportation

If you live in the suburbs you probably have a car and want to move closer to the downtown area. Parking should be a concern because it is quite expensive to park your car downtown. You might even want to consider leaving your car at your parents or selling it and using public transportation. I know, parking at your parents goes against the comfort zone philosophy but this aspect just really depends on the person.


3. Location

Location! Location! Location! I made the mistake last year of moving out a block away from St-Laurent street where the whole city goes to party. Although it was fun being a minute away from the hottest clubs, I was sleep deprived because of all the noise. Thursday, friday and saturday night I could still hear people partying to the early morning. I literally once heard a full break up conversation this couple was having next to my apartment. Being next to a highway can be brutal also, make sure to consider the neighborhood before moving out.


4. Dating life

It's just more attractive to be independent.


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5. Career

It is more expensive living by ourselves than living with our parents. However, tough financial times will only make you work harder for that job promotion. It will also make you consider finding a job that pays better, so it is pretty much a no brainer that a certain amount of financial anxiety will motivate you to prosper in your career.


6. Organization

You need to clean your house once a week. You need to take out the garbage and recycle. You need to do the laundry. You need to shovel the snow. You will have a lot more responsibilities besides work and school.


7. Roommate

This is perhaps one of the most important things to consider when moving out.  It can be a very unpleasant experience if you don't get along with your roommate. The problem with this aspect is that we often don't know how it will be like to live with someone, until you start living with that person. Now I would share some of my worst experiences living with my ex roommate but he happens to be a VERY good Facebook friend.

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