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Nov 19, 2015

Most people would think about visiting a country before making the leap to shift there. Most people would also think twice about relocating their business to a foreign country that they can’t really speak the language of – but Rachel Taylor is not most people. To coin her own phrase sometimes it’s easiest to step off a cliff!

Rachel made the move from Sydney, Australia to Paris, France just on two years ago and has settled in well to the Parisian lifestyle where she shares a flat with two room-mates. Her graphic design and website business has traveled with her and she still gets most of her work from back home along with some business she picks up from the expat community in Paris. So far she has loved the experience and doesn’t regret her decision in the least.

Today we talk to Rachel about the costs of living in Paris and how to relocate your online business successfully overseas.

Rachel can be contacted via her website http://petecreative.com.au

What I learned from Rachel’s interview:

  1. Going to expat meetings can be a great way of building your business locally even if you are an online worker. Remember a lot of expats might not be able to speak the language and would feel more comfortable dealing with someone of their own culture so this can offer you opportunities in a specialist niche.
  2. Paris isn’t as affordable as other parts of Europe or France but if you live like a local you can soon find the places to eat affordably that the tourist set never find out about.
  3. There is no more thrilling experience than traveling Paris at night on the back of a scooter – I will have to add it to my bucket list of things to do!
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