How to Survive on Your Own in the Real World
There comes a time in everyone’s life when he or she must move out of the parents’ place and venture out into the world on his or her own. This guide will help prepare yourself to make this leap.
1/ Get a job! It’s simple. No job means no money. No money means you’ll be crawling back to ma and pop for a place to stay and a meal in your stomach. Try to get a job in something that you’re good at. If you know you are good at taking phone calls and doing administrative tasks, such as writing letters, apply for secretary jobs. Strive for well-paying jobs that you can do. Minimum wage is often not enough to live on. If you do get a minimum wage job, don’t stop looking for a better job!
2/ Find a roommate. Ask around and see if someone wants to split rent and utilities with you. Craigslist and Roommates.com may be helpful in this step. This step is very important unless you can find a place to rent that fits your budget.
3/ Find a place to live. If you found a roommate that already has a place to stay, skip this step. Otherwise, venture out with your roommate and find some good deals on houses/apartments. Call up the apartment complexes in your city and start asking questions. How much is rent? What utilities are included? Does the place come fully furnished? These questions give you important information that can ultimately lead to making a decision. Discuss the options with your roommate and sign a lease or rental agreement.
4/ Make decisions. Decide how household chores will be split up between you and your roommate. Decide how you and your roommate will split expenses. Simple decisions like these, if expressed early on, can save a lot of trouble as time goes by.
5/ Set up the utilities. If utilities are not included in your lease or rental agreement, call the utility companies and have them set up the utilities that you need.
6/ Create a budget. Calculate all of your expenses (rent, utilities, food, etc.) and income and create a plan of how you will spend your money. Money management is possibly the most important part of living on your own. You must manage your money so you will have enough money to cover your expenses. Do not allow yourself to spend more money on leisure activities (bowling, movies, eating out, etc.) than you have allotted in your budget.
7/ Move out. To live on your own, you have to… Well… Live on your own. Say your goodbyes and move into your new place.