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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 and film­

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.

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