3 Top Expat Tips on How to Make a Living in Paris, France

by | Mar 9, 2022 | France | 1 comment

It is impossible to deny that Paris, France, is an expensive place. As a tourist destination, it is one of the most visited cities in the world, but what about making a living?

While being an expat always comes with adjustments and new experiences, financial soundness can help make that transition easier. There are many things I love about Paris; the incredible selection of wines and cheeses, the art and culture scene, and the vibrant day-to-day life.

But the cost of living has been a rude awakening for me, especially since I came here from Colombia. I am not saying it isn’t worth it to move to Paris, but I warn future expats that it is important to have your finances in order before making the move. So, here are my 3 top tips on how to make some extra money while living in Paris, France!

Secure a Job Before You Come

This may seem like a no-brainer, but having a secured job makes it much easier to move and settle in Paris. I know that because I came to Paris as a student, with no prospects of a job.

Moving to Paris with a job will allow support with the visa, lodging and other bureaucratic processes which prove challenging for many expats who relocate here. Like most places nowadays, jobs are posted and advertised on online marketplaces and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

I also recommend learning French, as this will make you a competitive candidate in your field.

Find Your Side Hustle

Since moving to Paris, I have had to hustle. I am currently studying 20 hours a week and commuting 10 kilometers each way by bike.

In the afternoons I am picking up extra hours babysitting, although I find the pay is low between 10-13 Euros an hour, and giving English classes to private students. House sitting or pet sitting is also a nice way to make some extra cash, but this takes finding the right opportunities through local Facebook groups.

As an English teacher and former nanny, it definitely has felt discouraging to find my place in Paris, however as many people keep reminding me, ‘it takes time!’

Have an Open Mind

Being an expat inherently requires having an open mind; an open mind to experience new cultures, languages, and frustrations. I wish I could say that moving to Paris has been the dream that I imagined, but the struggles and frustrations have all worked to shape me and make me more resilient, whether I decide to stay here or move on to a different country.

Being an expat is always a personal experience, with each person having a very different journey. Remember, what works for one person may not feel like the right fit for another person and that’s okay! I have no regrets about moving here and I have learned so much, including a third language. although I can’t say French is the easiest of languages!

For those of you looking to make an expat move in 2022, what are some words of wisdom that have helped you? Let us know! 

by: Erin Colton-Enberg 

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