This U.S. City Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There and Work From Home (Video)
If you're looking for the chance to make a move and work remotely, all while getting paid thousands of dollars to make the transition, it's time to move to Oklahoma.
The Tulsa Remote program looks to draw in creatives, remote workers, entrepreneurs and tech-savvy individuals to the city, offering selected candidates a $10,000 grant and a slew of benefits in exchange for working remotely in the city for at least one year.
Benefits include the option to live in new and fully furnished apartments in Tulsa’s Arts District for only 33 percent of the base price. Utilities will also be included for the first three months of rent. For work needs, participants will get free membership to the 36 Degrees North coworking space, which comes complete with WiFi, desk space, conference rooms, snacks and beverages and scheduled programs and events.
In addition to events at the coworking space, candidates will also be able to attend events that will range from dinners to brainstorm sessions with other members in the program and workshops to assist in working remotely.
The $10,000 grant will be split into several payments, with workers receiving $2,500 for relocation costs and an additional $500 per month. At the end of the year, the candidates will receive the remaining $1,500.
Application submissions are now open, with eligible candidates required to be at least 18 years old, have proof of employment, work for a business based outside of Tulsa County and be able to commit to working and living in Tulsa for at least one year.
“We are looking for talented and energetic people who not only will consider re-locating permanently to Tulsa but especially for people who want to make something here—to add to the dynamism, idealism, and get ‘er done spirit of Tulsa,” Ken Levit of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, which created and announced the program alongside the City of Tulsa, said in a statement.
The plan is to start with smaller groups of 10 to 15 people and to eventually expand to up to 300 workers at a time, Levit told CNBC, with desired candidates including those not only in tech but also in fields that range from research and writing to corporate recruitment.
Besides the city’s central location between both coasts, Tulsa is also known for its affordable cost of living and its warm-hearted residents.