What should I do, stay or move?

Hello everyone,

I am currently working as a senior cybersecurity consultant and have a primary career goal of starting my own company, specifically in the SaaS industry. I have market certification and three years of real-world experience. I am open to pursuing additional certifications, such as CISSP and maybe OSEP. My short-term and long-term financial goals include becoming financially independent, and I currently earn around 4k per month(no taxes).

I am facing a decision in my career, and there are a few factors that I need to consider, such as financial independence, location independence, the desire to travel to more countries, and the ambition to build multiple online businesses. My current job is an 8-4 position, allowing me to focus on my side hustle in my free time. However, If I move to a Western country(because I’m giving some interviews(my salary is between 125-135aud before taxes)), I might have to work more than my current 8-4 schedule.

In addition, Chances are they will offer me a sponsorship, which could lead to permanent residency. However, this might result in working longer hours, leaving me with less time to build, learn, and ship new products. On the other hand, the pay in the Gulf is quite good. Also, I’m planning to get married maybe this year or maybe next year. (InshaAllah)

Considering all these factors, I am unsure about what to do and need help making a decision. Because If I’m not moving, then I can go and talk to my current company about 2 years of bond.


If you're considering moving under a sponsorship, you'll be locked in for at least 5 years - till you get residency. You are essentially at risk for those 5 years, and often can not legally do any other business activity in that country.

Moving to a new country with a new company, new language, culture, weather etc... is a big thing, it takes a lot of energy. Moving to a new country to be a hermit (just working the job and nothing else) is a killer.

One of the great things about building a SaaS is you can do it from anywhere.
If you have the ability right now to work FT + have time left over for your side project, thats an ideal situation to be in.

To increase salary: Are there remote positions you could apply for that still give enough free time?

Certifications: They wont help you with your business and/or long term goals, maybe short term boosts, but not really worth much long term.

Thank you for your response. I agree with your perspective; it seems that staying in my current situation for another 2-3 years might be the best course of action. This would allow me to save enough money to support myself for a year without work, during which I could focus exclusively on developing and launching my product. I realize that this might not be possible if I move to the Western country. Additionally, pursuing certifications would be beneficial for securing a higher salary and promoting growth in my professional career. Based on my gut feeling and the factors we've discussed, I believe that staying in my current location for at least two more years is the most suitable decision for me.