One of the things that happens very often after someone starts working in USA on H1B visa as a consultant is buying expensive BMW, Mercedes, Audi or any other super expensive car. I will share some of the thoughts that can affect your work environment when you are working as a consultant for the first few projects and your social status. This is not aimed towards pointing out someone who buys an expensive car because they are passionate about cars and they love cars. Just few thoughts how it may create problems when you are a new and young consultant and how it may cause some issues.
It is very tempting to buy an expensive car when you start working and see that big pay check coming every month when you are working as a consultant. It is very cool to drive an expensive car and have a high social status. Also, it sounds very cool and you may be even thinking about impressing hot girls by your car. It is lot of luxury to have an expensive car and it might be wonderful to have all the cool features that these fancy cars offer. But, let’s think from other people’s perspective like your colleagues or your friends. I am assuming someone reading this article is someone who started working in first job is a middle class person working and having middle class friends and I am not talking about someone born with a silver spoon. When you are working as a consultant, you want be considered a regular person and NOT a snob trying to show off. Others may think “ Oh, look at him, he is a consultant and making tons of money he is driving a BMR or Mercedes ”. “ He is paid a ton of money, look at the car he drives, let him complete the work today, he is paid a lot”. It may create some envy in others at work, it becomes a toy to compare your pay and work…no one talks about it…but internally they may think so… It can be a social risk at work. Some may argue, you should drive an expensive car to just show off, but it depends on where you work and what kind of people you hang out with. You do not want to send out signals to others that you are a snob at early life of your career. Also, it is a personal financial risk too because you are a new consultant and you do not know when your projects are going to end, etc. Once you get established after working few years then you have a much stable job and can take those chances. These are just my perspectives. I am not saying, you should or should not, but just trying to see others perspectives and sharing the advice I got from my friends and seniors.