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    Good Evening,

    Looking to move to Brittany in the next few months 56

    I have an idea for a small business. I would offer an extra pairs of hands to anyone who needs help, lifting. carrying and any odd jobs that need doing. I spent 40 plus years in construction so have vast experiance in that field.

    So the question being do you think there would be a demand for this.

    I have spoken to an accountant so it would be all above board

    What do you think? Would appreciate your views

    Thank you

     

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    Hi Paul, first thing is do you speak French ?

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    Hi Babeth,

    Yes a little. I have had a house in Josselin for 10 years, My main target would be the Brits doing up their property.

    I am not looking for full time work but rather 2/3 days here and there.

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    At least you might know some people around Josselin, which is better than starting a new adventure in the unknown. As I’m French, I know that around us, it’s all to do with my neighbourg know somebody who know someone etc and a lot of mutual hand, followed by a good drink … What is the need for Brits doing up their property, I can’t honestly tell you.

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    I think in theory it sounds good, but in practice it would probably only be financially viable if you can get a good few jobs in a reasonable radius of where you live, otherwise your fuel costs could be high and eat in to any profits. I certainly wouldn’t recommend moving over and having to rely on work to be able to live comfortably. If you could rent out your UK property ( if you own one) that would be security while you see if things work out in France, a bolthole so to speak.

    Hope all goes to plan. :rose:

     

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    I agree with you there tigre. We lived in France for 7 years, owned our own painting and decorating business, but had to work at least 5 days a week, just to be able to live and we didn’t have a mortgage to pay either. Fuel was a big drain on our income, but we had to take on the work, even if we did have to drive for miles, as some money is better than no money!

    Paul, be careful not to ‘tread on anyone’s toes’ aswell. Certain areas only use the tradesman in their area.

    I wish you luck though, you may be able to make it work. I really hope you do :rose:

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    Paul, I’m sorry to say that I think you’ll be one of many in the area with the same “business” idea, and the others have been there longer so are more likely to get whatever work is available.

    I agree with you there tigre. We lived in France for 7 years, owned our own painting and decorating business, but had to work at least 5 days a week, just to be able to live and we didn’t have a mortgage to pay either.

    At least 5 days a week, cupcake, is what most people who work have to do, so it’s not as if it’s anything exceptional.

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    I think VK that, as Paul only intends to work 2-3 days per week, cupcake was pointing out the fact that even at 5 days per week her and her partner only just managed to live, of course, I could be wrong.

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    That’s what I thought too, Fruitcake.

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    OK, fair enough.

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    Yes tigre and Fruitcake, you are both correct….thankyou.

    Its just VK liking to have a dig at me…that’s all ;-)

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    The sort of work proposed is built up slowly by word of mouth.

    i,ve always thought a window cleaner would make money in France …impossible t find ….here anyway.

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    Marmite, I often thought that, especially the velux windows which can be difficult to clean for some people. There you go, Paul, how about a window cleaning business?

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    But most windows open inwards. :scratch:

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    Good point, Tournesol. Paul, forget my last business suggestion. :wacko:

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    Good Evening,

    Thank you for taking the time to reply

    I would not be dependant on the work in France, but I cant be doing with full retirement.

    Secondly I am a qualified plasterer specialising in EWI which is now starting to take off in France.

    Will  be moving over regardless and am looking forward to it.

    Thanks again

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    Its just VK liking to have a dig at me…that’s all ;-)

    Oh, don’t be so precious, cupcake. You made out that it was so hard to earn a living that you had to work at least 5 days a week, I was simply pointing out that that is what most working people do. If you had expected to work less time and still earn enough to live on, then you hadn’t really studied the market.

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    I don’t think I ever worked a mere five days per week in France. Every job i’ve had except for the last which was part-time  for three years  was working crazy hours to earn a crust.

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    Five days a week ? Easypeasy .  We used to work 12 hours per shift for 4 weeks , and had to shower together too !!

    But seriously Paul what is EWI? I tried googling it , it came back with Electronic Wind Instrument , which I doubt . BTW ( by the way) France doesn’t accept retirement until you reach retirement age , so you will have to earn the minimum wage to pay your cotisations or stay resident in the UK , which may get very tricky after Brexit . :-)

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    Paul I honestly believe there is always room for hard workers…3 /4 days or 7.

    yes windows open inwards…but they still need cleaning…I,m happy to do mine…I did some today ..but as I haven’t been well I risked falling out…

    theres a time in all our lives when an extra pair of hands is a great help.

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    If you won’t be dependant on work Paul then you have nothing to lose – go for it, test the water and see what happens. Hope it all turns out well for you but you’ll enjoy your life in Brittany come what may I’m sure. :good:

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    Yes, good luck Paul! I know of quite a few Brit tradesmen who do all right over here. Like anywhere if you’re honest and reliable and your work is good then word gets round. If you want to aim for the Brit market then probably best to go to where the large concentrations of Brits are.

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    VK, I was merely stating, that due to how expensive everything is in France and the fact you have to give away 50% of your earnings, then YES, it is extremely difficult to live without working at least 5 days a week. Alot of people moving to France, mortgage free, think that 2 or 3 days work a week will suffice (like we did). I’m just saying….that won’t be the case.

    Get off your high horse ffs! :yes: :whistle: ;-)

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    Go for it…..Life is about jumping in some times…

    we all have differant experiences…and have had good and bad…but life is what you make it wherever you are.

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    VK, I was merely stating, that due to how expensive everything is in France and the fact you have to give away 50% of your earnings, then YES, it is extremely difficult to live without working at least 5 days a week. Alot of people moving to France, mortgage free, think that 2 or 3 days work a week will suffice (like we did). I’m just saying….that won’t be the case.

    I agree with Vegi .

    Those that think they can work mi-temps and live in France are living in a dream world .

    I would think that 5 days a week is the minimum that you need to work to live?

    France is not the same as the UK , here you work and pay into the system , if you make a profit ,then you pay more into the system . We love living here and find the life style better than anywhere.

    Why did you have to give away 50% of your earnings ? We don’t . :-)

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    Hi,

    EWI  External wall insulation.

    I have seen a few of these projects going on lately.

    Fair comment regarduing the fact if your work is good and you are reliable once you are up and running the work will come. I worked in the uk for the last 30 years and never advertised, All my work was recommendations.

    Thanks everybody.

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    Good luck Paul…really hope you enjoy living and working (a little) here in France .

     

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    Deboer, if you earn enough, then you have to declare tax aswell as insurance, therefore it works out around 50% of your income

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    Cupcake , everyone resident in France has to declare their income to the tax authorities .

    Average Social charges are 22% of earned income , to get to 50% including tax , you would have to have earned more than 27,000 euro per year after costs etc , pretty good income , or you had a bad accountant ! :-)

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    Ok, ok, everyone has to declare their tax, you know what I’m saying!

    Put it this way, we ran a very successful business, but for the work we put in, giving away 50% of our earnings, was ‘crippling’! :cry:

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