Attention Remote Workers: Tulsa Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There

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Work at home and need a change of scenery? Moving to Tulsa could net you some extra cash. A new program called Tulsa Remote is offering $10,000 to remote workers willing to move to Oklahoma’s second-largest city for a year or more.

To be considered, applicants must either be self-employed or work full-time for a business located outside of Tulsa County. Grant recipients will be given $2500 upfront to cover relocation fees. After that, they’ll receive $500 per month, plus $1500 at the end of the year.

In addition to a stipend, remote workers who move to Tulsa will receive discounted rent (to the tune of 33 percent off) and free utilities for the first three months. The offer applies to new, furnished apartments in the Tulsa Arts District. Participants will also be given a membership to a local coworking space (valued at $1800), and invites to various events in the community tailored to remote workers and entrepreneurs.

The program is sponsored by the City of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Tulsa’s cost of living is low compared to other U.S. cities—the median cost of a home is $157,200—but some would like to bring a little more innovation to the Midwestern city. “We hope that this sparks more tech talent and gets entrepreneur-oriented people to make Tulsa their home and pursue their career further or ultimately start new businesses," Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, told Forbes. "It could diversify our workforce."

To apply, visit TulsaRemote.com. Applicants may be asked to participate in a video chat, and they’ll have the chance to visit Tulsa before accepting an offer

Not ready to move to Oklahoma? Tulsa isn't the only place looking to attract new residents. Vermont launched a similar program last May to attract remote workers from other states, and New Haven, Connecticut, recently began offering first-time homeowners in the city up to $80,000 in incentives to buy property there.

Sweet Gig: Cadbury Is Hiring Chocolate Tasters

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images

If you’re tired of waiting around for Cadbury Creme Eggs to reappear on store shelves in the lead-up to Easter, you might want to go directly to the source instead. As Insider reports, the maker of Cadbury, Milka, and Toblerone chocolate is looking to hire four part-time chocolate tasters.

The company, Mondelēz International, also produces Oreos and Chips Ahoy!, as well as non-chocolatey brands like Ritz, Sour Patch Kids, and Trident. In its job post, Mondelēz says it’s looking for someone with “a passion for confectionery and taste buds for detection” to sample new products and provide honest feedback. Applicants who make it past the initial review stage will be subjected to several “choco-challenges” to see if they can distinguish between confections with subtle differences.

While chocolate testers would certainly need to have a taste for sweet treats, the job isn’t demanding enough to spoil your appetite. Only about eight hours per week are required, making it an ideal side gig, college job, or opportunity for stay-at-home parents to get back into the workforce. The position is based 39 miles west of London, in Wokingham, England, but the post doesn’t say anything about citizenship requirements, so it’s presumably open to Americans, Canadians, and other English speakers.

New recruits to the 12-person team will be paid an hourly wage of about $14.30 (comparatively, the UK’s current minimum wage is about $10.40 for workers aged 25 and up). While it’s not going to make you rich, it’s a job many chocoholics would be willing to do for free. The company is expecting a high number of applicants, and explained that there's no use in following up if you haven't heard back within 14 days of applying.

Last year, the company advertised a similar role and received 6000 applications from around the world. If this sounds like a pretty sweet gig to you, you can apply on Mondelēz’s website. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

[h/t Insider]

Locana, Italy Is Paying Families $10,000 to Move There

Not long after Sambuca, Italy enticed people to move there with $1 houses, a different quaint Italian village is offering an even better deal. People reports that Locana, a town located in the Italian Alps, will pay you $10,300 over three years to move there—but the catch is that you have to have at least one child.

Locana is one of many towns in rural Italy that has seen its population age and decline in recent decades. There are roughly 1500 residents in Locana today compared to the 7000 that lived there a century ago, and with 40 deaths and only 10 births per year, the downward trend isn't stopping.

By paying people, specifically families, to move to town, Locana mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet hopes to rebuild the community and renew hope for its future. A new population of young people would help keep Locana's school open (the institution comes close to shutting down each year). New residents can work remotely, but Mattiet also welcomes them to take over one of the dozens of defunct shops, bars, and restaurants in town.

Candidates can be foreigners or Italian residents, and they should make a salary of at least $8000 a year. When they're not working, they can partake in the many activities the Gran Paradiso mountain reserve has to offer, such as rock climbing, ice skating, and fishing.

If for some reason getting paid to move to a picturesque town in the Italian Alps isn't your thing, similar offers are sometimes made in the U.S. Last year, both Tulsa, Oklahoma and Vermont lured remote workers with $10,000 checks.

[h/t People]

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