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Starting out a new life in Spain

This Blog is about my families new life in Spain, nothing more nothing less (Hope those who read it enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed our experience so far)

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04 February 2010 @ 09:34

Well, what have I learnt in my 18 months here so far...If you want to work you have got to be prepared to do anything. I don't of course mean get a chair on the N332, but as an IT consultant you have to be a Gardener, Pool Cleaner, DIYer and of course you have to be better than the next person at your core job (mine is IT) and you have to be very reasonable and dedicated to customer care.

I always thought that I could re-invent myself when I came to spain but I have fallen back to the things I know I am good at and things are starting to develop, slowly, but they are moving. I recall reading on all forums before I came to spain that you need to have a fund...well I believe you need three years worth of actual and some more left over for rainy day money

I have found being self employed to be hard work, I am the accountant, the salesman, the debt collector, the marketing dept and also the poor chap who also has to do the work. Turning up for work in Ireland the UK was one thing, this is a different ballgame. But I am getting there, but I am learning a whole new set of skills. One thing for sure as a friend of mine said to me when we first arrived, every minute counts, and it does, whether it is to work or play, or being with the family, make every one of them count..

 



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vilprano said:
04 February 2010 @ 12:24

Hi,
It was interesting to read your blog as a retired IT consultant and business analyst just about to retire to Spain.
I was involved in the boom IT years in UK as self employed for many years and like you had to be accountant, salesman and debt collecter.
The problem then was due to too much work and not enough IT professionals, contracts sometimes overlapped where for months you would be servicing two clients working 8 hours at each plus travelling time.
This left little time for family, socialising etc.
Consequently many marriages suffered and failed.
Remember that the strain you are suffering reflects on your family.
I hope you can find a good balance in Spain and that you will with perseverance build a good client base and reap the benefits.

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