Thinking of Moving to France?

Thinking of Moving to France?

If you are thinking of moving to France or have already moved to live in France, then this is an interview for you. Jo-Ann Howell is the creator of French Admin Solutions, a business which provides a neat and cost effective way to overcome the bureaucratic challenges that arise when navigating a move to France.

If you are considering moving to another country, this interview is still relevant to you as is will give you a sense of the issues that you should be considering and looking to address from a bureaucratic and administrative perspective. Jo-Ann also shares five generic expat tips at the end of the interview.

Listen to the interview here.

Jo-Ann is the child of a British army officer and says that she knew that she wanted to learn to speak French from an early age. During a year out between school and university Jo-Ann lived in Belgium with a school friend to improve her French. However, this was just the start, and now, after 4 départements and 8 moves Jo-Ann lives on a boat offering bilingual services to English speakers in France.

Jo-Ann’s story is an engaging and inspiring one which she shares in our interview.

We also dared to talk ‘Brexit’, and Jo-Ann offers perspectives and ideas on what Brits in France can be doing to protect their interests.

Jo-Ann has kindly provided the following links to sites and resources for those who are considering relocating to live in France, or even planning a visit and looking for interesting places to visit.

The Good Life France

Survive France, Helping you live and work in France

English Informer English Informer in France is an English language online magazine offering a variety of articles, important information, news and features. 

In English, a place to find English speaking entrepreneurs in your area, or to advertise your own business free of charge. 

And last but by no means least, Jo-Ann’s own site French Admin Solutions. You can also join her Facebook group or find her on Twitter

Rachel Yates – Every Expat Partner Needs a Back-up Plan

Rachel Yates – Every Expat Partner Needs a Back-up Plan

Rachel Yates has been a guest on our podcast already where she shared her expat story and we learned how she created her company The Expat Lifeline.

For this, our 20th episode (cue music and party poppers), we invited Rachel back to talk about the work she does with The Expat Lifeline. Our conversation is fun but the topic we tackled is deadly serious.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • The potentially vulnerable position that expat partners put themselves in when they take career breaks, become financially dependent or even just move countries
  • Some of the issues expat partners should consider to address those vulnerabilities
  • How to have the difficult conversations
  • Why empowerment is important for expat couples

“A really strong and effective partnership has two equally strong players. Expat life is really tricky and the stronger you are individually, the stronger your relationship.” 

Rachel’s Global Girl’s Guide to Creating Your Backup Plan helps expat partners to address the risks that they take by becoming financially dependent.  It gives expat partners the information and the tools they need to address those risks and to put in place strategies and practical solutions to protect themselves.

Rachel has some great resources in her free members area. You can access it by scrolling down the page and clicking on the Sign Up button for the free members area.

Rachel recently ran the highly informative and widely viewed Moving With Kids Summit.  She interviewed a some of the foremost experts working with expat kids of all ages, covering topics from pregnancy and giving birth abroad to raising bilingual kids to supporting expat teens. There’s a wealth of great information in the summit and you can access it via The Expat Lifeline premium members areaIf you’d like to hear Rachel’s story, her previous podcast episode can be accessed here.

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Rachel Yates – Walking the Walk to Expat Entrepreneurship

Rachel Yates – Walking the Walk to Expat Entrepreneurship

We’ve known Rachel Yates, founder of The Expat Lifeline for a long time, before Thriving Abroad was created in fact. She’s on a mission to make moving internationally easier and to help expat partners to keep their agenda and financial security in the conversation. What makes Rachel really stand out though is the humour she brings to what she does, which helps to make difficult topics more manageable. In our interview, she shares her inspiring entrepreneurship journey including these highlights:

  • How she’s applied the skills she learned becoming a pilot to preparing for an international move.
  • The challenges for expat partners of keeping themselves in the conversation and renegotiating the balance in the family when changes are made.
  • How her realisation that she wasn’t walking the walk led to her becoming an expat entrepreneur
  • Her epiphany on how cognitive dissonance applies in expat life
  • Why expat partners should always have a backup plan
  • What expat relationships and furniture have in common

We certainly had a wide ranging conversation and you can listen to all of it on the player above. If you’d like to learn more about Rachel and her business you can find her at The Expat Lifeline. You can also learn more about how The Global Girls Guide to Creating a Backup Plan can help you to look after your own financial needs and you can purchase the Expat Family File which is an indispensable tool for organising the exponential amount of admin that seems to come hand in hand with expat life.  You can also find Rachel on Facebook and Twitter.

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