It’s a big decision and can be life changing.
Certainly for my family and I the experience has been dramatic.
So what lead us to move from a comfortable suburb of London, steady job, good schools for the kids and a common language? None of us could speak French that well. We must have been crazy – surely? We are not one for making rash decisions.
There were a number of reasons, but the over-riding desire to improve our lifestyle was compelling. France seemed to offer a lot of what we were looking for. The ‘cost of housing’, climate, culture, history and just the extra ‘space’ excited us. We had visited the country on holiday numerous times before, of course, but were conscious that it would be easy to get swallowed up in the ‘romance’ of moving to warmer climate, basing our decision on holiday experiences. This is a BIG DANGER.
My partner, went to task and started the research and planning. This cannot be emphasised enough. Plan, plan, plan. It pays dividends later on. Trust me!
We were discovering that plenty of ‘BRITS’ go over to France, buy a house in the country to live the dream. The house is often bought for a song, but generally requires some loving DIY - ALARMS BELLS should be ringing!
There are so many cottages (like mansions), houses and gîtes in rural France that even today seem amazingly inexpensive compared to the UK, but do need considerable work. It’s a MONEY TRAP – beware!!!
Note: The cost of doing a house up can be more than the original house price itself – it’s not cheap. It may also take a couple of years to complete the project too.
We had read several accounts of where ‘Brits’ had expended plenty of resource and hard-earned cash into their houses only to find that their new found palace was in the middle of nowhere, completely isolated from the rest of civilisation.
Part of our plan was to integrate with the French, learn the language and be part of the community as quickly as possible. We wanted to be in a circle of French friends as much as join the ‘English bubble’ that exists in rural France. Rural France is a big place and as we have found out recently, can be inaccessible in the height of winter. It gets bloody cold. Really cold. Br prepared.
Ok – so we opted to live in a town. A place where French people live. The possibility of meeting people being so much higher than in the middle of a field where no lights could be seen on the horizon. We cracked it!!!
Ahh! another nagging question. How were we to make a living?
We have two sons to support. They’re lovely kids, but expensive.
The Internet gave us the answer. We were running a couple of online businesses at the time. There seemed no reason why we couldn’t run them from another country. A couple of tweaks here and there and away you go. In reality, the principle of running the businesses has been consistent with very little upheaval. The Internet is a joy. We have gained business rather than lost customers during the transition.
However, operating out of another country does means some changes with the Tax laws and filing accounts. I can discuss this later. (i.e. I have gone for an AE – what they call an Auto Entrepreneur. Once you have a SIRET number other entitlements are made available to you (e.g. Health)) It works for me.
It was late 2010 when we made to decision to GO FOR IT! The plan was in its infancy, but nevertheless it was crystalising very quickly. There was so much to think about, so much to actually do. Our questions were being answered as we continued our research.
Our adventure was about too begin. One thing for sure is that without the Web we could not be here today.
I will be sharing with you how to build an internet business so you can have the choices to be and work for yourself. I will include wisdom from some of the very successful Internet Marketers who have transformed their own lives by doing what I do today.
This blog is a collation of ideas and experiences where you will be able to draw on as a resource to help your own business.
Please feel free to contact me, if you have queries on eBay, building an online business or even moving to France and setting up a new life.