Being self-employed complicates things when you want to make a long-distance move.
Mortgage companies can be skittish about lending. And then there’s the whole thing about moving so far away from a business with a physical location that you have to start over. Add to that being in a highly-regulated business like gunsmithing, where there’s no such thing as a license transfer, so you’re prohibited from conducting normal business during the three to six months it takes the ATF to bless you with a license, and you have a real cluster of a problem.
Some of these complications are admittedly self-created. We could escape the rest if we just found a spot in the “normal” world of pay stubs and W2s. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that’s not completely off the table. But in addition to not being our preferred means of support, our skill sets have morphed to serve our clients and not an employer, so compensation would likely suffer in a “regular” job.
At least my business is portable (as long as we have reliable internet) 🙂 But we’ll need more than what I’ve been bringing in. Maybe I’ll just double my rates?
No silver bullet here. Just need to think outside the box, and if necessary be content to chip away at the problem until we manage to crack it wide open.