Iím a 22-year-old guy from India and I am being considered for a job in San Francisco (near Market St).
The culture in India is vastly different from that of the United States and I am being advised by a lot of people in my family to not accept this position. I have lived with my parents my whole life and am admittedly quite scared of striking out on my own. On the other hand, the business I am in right now bores me to death and I have the opportunity to do something that I actually love and enjoy doing in San Francisco.
I am expecting to be offered around 60-65K for the position, which, after the 30% tax deduction, would come down to about 3.5K per month, I suspect (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong). Is that enough to live in an area not too far from Market St., lead a comfortable life and put some dollars in a savings account? Will I ever be able to afford the luxury of a car? Is 65K a year poor income?
Second question: My mother is very concerned about what I will do there and how I will live and cope. How do I expect to eat, not knowing how to cook for myself? Or wash my clothes, clean my place, etc. What will I do after I come home at 5:00 PM? Who will I talk to? What will I do on the weekends? Who will look after me, or earn for me, when I get sick?
These questions scare me because I do not know the answers to them. Do you guys have something to offer in the way of answers or advice?
Thanks in advance for any replies that get posted here.