TIPS FOR RUNNING A BUSINESS
Do your research and make sure that the property you are interested in is easily accessible: close to an international airport and with good road links.
Go to the regional tourist office in the area you’ve identified and ask for the tourist statistics – where the clients come from, where they stay, where they visit – for us it sealed the deal because they were so promising in this stunning part of Var.
Think carefully about how long the season is: you may see a bar for sale on the seafront but don’t forget, it’s a holiday resort – it will be busy during the holidays but during the winter there is often no trade.
You have to be practical. You have to be able to do most of the work yourself.
The off-season isn’t downtime. Valentina spends five months marketing and I spend five months maintaining the property.
Find a good French accountant who understands this type of business for help and information on how to set up your company in the most tax-efficient way. sunshine a year; but you do sometimes think: ‘We could do this job somewhere else.’ Once you’ve learned how to be hospitable to people and you know what they want and understand how to make them smile, then it’s a transportable skill.
“If someone came along and made a sensible offer, you never know, we might take it. Having said that we really love it here; it is such a fantastic place to live.” www.bastideavellanne.eu
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