You may be planning your move abroad, have already moved, or are still thinking about it. Whatever stage you are at, the income bit will have been on your mind. How do you find jobs in Spain for English speakers? Or in Italy, France, or anywhere else you are planning to move to? Unless you are retired and are bringing a healthy pension, moving abroad means figuring out how to earn money to pay for your lifestyle. I am Dutch, but moved abroad twice, once for love and once for the sunshine, and I managed to earn an income on both occasions. I moved to Valencia, Spain and was able to build a small business from scratch. First as a copywriter, now as a business coach. And I am a freelance tour guide too! There are possibilities, but you do have to look for them.
What can you do to start earning money abroad as an English speaking expat, when you haven’t got a job lined up?
Many expats here are looking for English-speaking jobs in Spain, and there not many available, at least, in employment. But that doesn’t mean you will sit here on the beach and be poor.
You can earn money online, in employment, or start up a small business, offering in-person services. There are many options for English speaking expats, but you have to be flexible, and look for solutions, not barriers.
The first time I moved abroad was to Scotland, when I was 26. Moving to an English-speaking country was not too frightening career-wise, as I already spoke the language, and as the UK was still part of the EU, I had no problem applying for jobs without needing any visa. So that is exactly what I did: hunting for vacancies, and applying. I landed a lovely position at an art centre, and stayed there for five years. Job done.
Fast forward twelve years (plus a couple of jobs later, becoming a mum to two children and opening a vintage furniture shop), I emigrated again. This time to sunny Spain. Scotland is wonderful, but – oh – the weather. My husband’s redundancy package allowed us a little breathing space financially, but still, we needed to find an additional income. Savings don’t last forever. This time, I didn’t speak the language fluently, and there were no vacancies to apply for. However, I managed to earn a decent income within a year’s time. I set up as a copywriter with an online business, for clients abroad. And this is just one of the many ways of finding work in Spain or other countries abroad.
Monetise your skills, your knowledge and passion
Moving to Valencia, Spain, was exciting and a great adventure, but English speaking jobs in Spain are few and far between. That doesn’t mean there are no options though, when coming here without a job. To live and work in Spain, or another non-English speaking country, you just have to think outside the box – or more precisely: look at the wealth of skills and talents you already possess, and which you could start monetising. What are you an expert in? What could you offer in person, or online? Do you need some ideas to help you get started brainstorming?
Many people forget that they are more than capable of being their own boss, and enjoying the freedom to do what they want in life. How long have you been working for an employer now? Why are you moving to Spain or another sunny country? To be stuck in a 9-5 job? What was your dream when you were a child, or what is the thing you love doing most and are amazingly good at? What do people always pick your brains on? There is something in that. Put on your creative hat, and start brainstorming today. Get out your notebook and list all of the things you know about, are passionate about, are able to help people with. Anything. Don’t feel that you are crazy or silly. Moving abroad is crazy enough in most people’s eyes, so why not embrace that feeling? You are able to start your own business, yes you can.
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