This has always been the biggest issue for me. I see lots of interesting sounding job offers coming across jobs.perl.org, but I don't really have any desire to move anywhere simply for a job. Even a great job. Life isn't entirely about work.
I'd say try out a telecommuter and see how it goes. Having *someone* in the seat is usually at least marginally better than not having anyone at all. :)
Bring them on conditionally and if they don't meet your standards of quality and productivity in 3 months find someone else.