MORE WAYS TO EARN MONEY
There are plenty of ways to make your French home pay its way, whether you need an income to finance your new life in France or want to earn some extra money. Here are just a few ideas:
Running a B&B or chambres d’hôtes is a route many people choose to go down, but you’ll need to be prepared for some hard work. Guest turnover is likely to be high, which means a lot of washing and cleaning to keep up with them! To be classed as a chambres d’hôtes, accommodation must not exceed five bedrooms catering for no more than 15 guests. Setting up a gîte business is another option if you have a property with outbuildings, and it is generally agreed that you’ll need at least three gîtes to make it viable to rely solely on them to provide your main source of income. Outside of peak season, you could rent to house-hunters on property viewing trips, or those looking for longer-term lets.
If you live in a beautiful house that you think would look great on film, what about renting it out to production companies for TV shows or films, or to magazines for photo shoots? There are a number of websites where you can register your home as a film location, such as 20000lieux.com and filmfrance.net.
If you don’t have the space inside your home, what about outside? Renting out your garden or land to campers is another option, and there are websites similar to Airbnb, such as gamping. com which allows you to list your land for free and connect with campers looking for somewhere a bit different to pitch their tents. Depending on the size of your land, you could also rent some of it out as allotments or as grazing land for animals.