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Moving to Spain Without an Income

Many people have had enough of living in the UK due to the high crime rate, terrible weather, mass immigration and high living costs. While Spain is a much better option when it comes to some of those issues, if you do not have a steady income or a pension from the UK you will have to plan well before packing up.

Making a living in Spain is not always easy unless you have much-desired skills that are in demand. Even lowly pay jobs like bar work have a lot of applicants, as there is a very high unemployment rate among younger Spanish people. Also, bear in mind even if you do get a job, this type of work involves lots of hours, and is often only temporary, with few possibilities during the winter months.

Teach English

Another option is to teach English as a second language, but again you will find many people competing for few positions in schools. Quite a large percentage of TESL teachers work on the black teaching from their home premises or the pupil’s home, but this is risky from a tax paying point of view and finding clients will be challenging.

Use Your Skills

If you are a contractor with skills such as a builder, plumber, painter and decorator, you should find it easy to find work amongst expats who often prefer dealing with a contractor from their own country. But a word of warning to the wise – if you decide to do this line of work, make sure your paperwork is in order and your taxes presented properly and on time. Local contractors may not take kindly to foreigners taking potential jobs, so don’t try to do this on the black as you will quite likely find yourself in a lot of bother.

Start a Business

If you have a bit of money behind you, you might like to think about setting up a business in your new country, which is what I did and opened my real estate agency on the Costa Blanca, offering villas for sale in Javea.

While the old favourite of opening a bar in Spain is not a very good idea these days, as bars are very expensive to run and clients may not be as plentiful as you hope, there are many other types of businesses you can open. Examples include hairdressers, beauty salons, sandwich shops, etc.


However, you will need to do your homework. Look around your chosen town to make sure there is not a lot of competition. You will also need to ask for people’s opinions on if your business will work and look for premises that have a decent location without costing the earth.

There are many people who have moved to Spain successfully, and who make a decent living, so there is no reason why you cannot do the same. But you do need to do your research, as landed back in the UK months down the line without any money is not a good option for anyone.