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Posted: Wed Jun 5, 2019 9:38pm
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Paul888

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Location: Villamartin

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Hi there 

I'm visiting torrevieja in July 17th 2019 

With my wife and 3 girls, me and my wife have been together for 20 years, in this time have dreamed of moving to Spain. 

I'm a tradesman that only does the work I have experience in, with a large portfolio of work completed running my own business. 

Please can you tell me is there an opportunity for a trademen with my skills, 

Roofing all aspects . General building.  

Patios . Paving . Brickwork . Artificial grass.  Carpentry . Painting 

This is the work I'm qualified and  highly skilled I'm a member of checkatrade for 10 years. 

I CANT DO 

Plumbing . Electrics . Plastering 

If you have any information I'd really appreciate it, and I'm out in July should any body need me to quote. As if I can show you my skills and get work before we made the move that is how I'd like to build my reputation in Spain. 

Please check out my pictures 

Kind regards 

Paul 

271935

271935

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Thu Jun 6, 2019 12:38am

Posts: 823

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Thu Jun 6, 2019 12:38am

Paul. Market is saturated  with jobbers, builders,  handyman etc

Regardless of your abilities and skill there are still loads of people who offer the same services.

Unlikely you would have consistent work to fund your lifestyle and children's education.

Coming to Spain, you either need enough money you don't need to work...Or fluent Spanish and a unique selling point, unfortunately being a tradesman who doesn't speak Spanish misses on both points.

Then you've got to account for residency, healthcare insurance and  autonomo .

Loulou21

Fri Jun 7, 2019 9:13am

Posts: 51

Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Fri Jun 7, 2019 9:13am

Hi Paul

My husband and I and our 2 children came to Spain 14 years ago and we have survived!!

My husband started his own business and both children went to Spanish schools, now bilingual and absolutely love Spain.

It is how much effort you put into your new life here in Spain that makes it work. 

I would have thought in your trade you would find loads of work.

Do as much research as you can before you move so you know what to expect about living and working in Spain.

If I can be of any help please pm me.

Good luck

Lou

Paul888

Paul888

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Fri Jun 7, 2019 9:56am

Posts: 9

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Fri Jun 7, 2019 9:56am

Hi Lou 

Thank you for this positive response, I've had quite a lot of negative comments. 

I think I'd like to advertise my skills to see the reponce, 

Cant wait until July for our 2 week hols where I'm going to research further, 

Advertising etc 

Regards Paul 

SMG

SMG

Sun Jun 9, 2019 9:55am

Posts: 47

Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 9:55am

I can't advise whether you would get enough work but I do know that the cost of being self employed is very expensive, whether you have work or not.

Please inform yourself before you start of all the costs. You may find it could be too risky to try. I met someone last week who had more skills than you had and had been in Spain for years but really struggled with the costs and having enough work.

His wife travels back to the UK every couple of weeks to do care work too enable them to be able to stay in Spain as they love the country.

Whatever you decide take your time in finding out what's involved.

Good luck

Paul888

Paul888

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Sun Jun 9, 2019 2:00pm

Posts: 9

Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 2:00pm

Thank you very much very helping 

Golandrina

Golandrina

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Sun Jun 9, 2019 5:11pm

Posts: 147

Location: Almoradí

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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 5:11pm

It may help with some of the queries that you will have if you have a look at the Citizens Advice Bureau Spain site.

20kiki

20kiki

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Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:38pm

Posts: 204

Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:38pm

Hi Paul - as you may be aware - Ladies are living longer than Men these days and I know there are many women in my area who need a man with a drill/paintbrush,etc  as a Widow I found it incredibly difficult to find Tradesmen who understood what I needed done and would turn up when they said they would!  I have a holiday home in Toretta Florida (beside the Haberneras) and used to have a great guy I could call upon for small/large project work (he was an ex BBC Handyman) and a great find - unfortunately due to personal circumstances he's now sold up and returned to the UK but as an English speaker I think you'll do well in Spain - especially if your rates are competitive

Try advertising in the free English newspapers over there - Costa Blanca news, Leader (can't remember the others) but word of mouth is worth a fortune to a tradesman - you just need that 1st couple of jobs!

p.s. Aki DIY stores will soon all be Leroy Merlin

Good Luck

Linda

Jan06

Jan06

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Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:56pm

Posts: 115

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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:56pm

I am sure you will do well if you can get recommendations ,as there are lots of cowboys here, and people want to employ people they can trust. There are also lots of foreigners here who don’t speak Spanish (not just Brits). I hope this is something that you will be able to succeed with as Spain is a Great place to live.

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