monsieur macon Posted April 1, 2007 Share Posted April 1, 2007 Arriving in France at the age of 20, i've been an artisan for some time now and i can say that whilst you may have some cowboys in the trade, the artisanal way of life is someting you do from passion, and not because you think you are gonna earn heaps of cash. France is not, i repeat not the UK, its a differenet economic climat. tradesman in the UK can apparently earn big bucks, but here in france we pay dearly for our social securuty cover. Frankly i appreciate the fact that i am well protected, protection though comes at a price. I would rather be here anyday than in cut throat britian, from all that i've heard english people say about it. Small businesses though pay more than there fair share of cotisations in france, I loose around 47% of my brut earnings. Most Brits i know here are retired, they are outside of the work economy. It is very easy to thus say that artisans are either late, too esxpensive, not festidious enough etc...an artisan is obliged to charge upwards of 250e a day...he is also obliged to juggle many jobs at once, if you dont you sink, simple as that. My advice to any one searching an Artisan is go word of mouth....get on the waiting list of someone who is booked up for the next 6months....he wont let you down!!!! Its like choosing a table in the packed restaurant...there's a reason why all the locals are eating there!!!hope this helps.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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