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Hi i have a sucessfull clothing alterations business in england but would like to move to spain , would i be able to make a living doing alterations over there or is the demand not as high as in england. we have capital in our house so we will have money behind us but would still need to earn some money. Can anyone offer advice. regards Yvette
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I would say that as you have as good business it would be better to stay in the UK.

Spain is in a bad way right now and there does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel
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There was a little outlet in our local hypermarket that offered an alteration service. It may have been a franchise but it closed after about 6 months.
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Hi

In my area unemployment has reached 40%. Everyone and his wife needs to earn money at any price. Honest opinion - not a hope

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Hi i have a sucessfull clothing alterations business in england but would like to move to spain , would i be able to make a living doing alterations over there or is the demand not as high as in england. we have capital in our house so we will have money behind us but would still need to earn some money. Can anyone offer advice. regards Yvette
There is very little work in Spain and doing alterations is not a way to earn a decent living even if you managed to get a few clients. My wife did it and it was very time consuming for little reward. Really its a non starter..sorry but you did ask!
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Hi i have a sucessfull clothing alterations business in england but would like to move to spain , would i be able to make a living doing alterations over there or is the demand not as high as in england. we have capital in our house so we will have money behind us but would still need to earn some money. Can anyone offer advice. regards Yvette
as others are saying - you have a successful business in the UK (which makes you one of the lucky ones), why spoil it all by giving it up to follow a cloudy dream. Clouds turn wet or just drift away.

Much better would be to retain the business as is and spend periods out here
but to use that old phrase.........

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Hi i have a sucessfull clothing alterations business in england but would like to move to spain , would i be able to make a living doing alterations over there or is the demand not as high as in england. we have capital in our house so we will have money behind us but would still need to earn some money. Can anyone offer advice. regards Yvette
I would certainly take note of what the others above have said.

However I can only comment on the area where we live, the Basque country in the north of Spain. There are several clothing alteration shops in the nearby town of Durango & they are still in business. There is less unemployment here than in the south of Spain. One also offers a dry cleaning service.
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In every small village or town there are women who do this for the other inhabitants, their business is slow, badly paid and impossible to call a proper wage. In larger towns they tend to have a small kiosk style shop in larger complexes but again even if they have a reasonable amount of work they are not what could be called successful.

Add to this the fact that so many people are now unemployed and you will realise that this means fewer people will have the ability to buy new clothes and therefore fewer still will be having their clothes altered.

Personally I would say that it would be very difficult for you to set up your business here.

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My local lady has just shut up shop and gone - she even tried moving to smaller premises so unfortunately I would think probably a non starter
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I do know someone who makes a living from her sewing machine - curtains, soft covers, flamenco dresses, carnival costumes, communion dresses, etc as well as alterations. But it has taken her years to build up her reputation, by word of mouth (advertising is no good, people need to know you) and she charges less than 10€ an hour.
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I do know someone who makes a living from her sewing machine - curtains, soft covers, flamenco dresses, carnival costumes, communion dresses, etc as well as alterations. But it has taken her years to build up her reputation, by word of mouth (advertising is no good, people need to know you) and she charges less than 10€ an hour.
thats less than my hairdresser
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