A French sole trader thriving on the West Coast

Bruno Kowalczewski is a French expat who has been living in New Zealand for the past 15 years. He moved to the West Coast with his kiwi wife three years ago and has been working as a sole trader for his business All Clear Chimney Cleaning. He mainly does chimney sweeping but also difficult access jobs on ropes like house washing and roof cleaning. Bruno and his wife fell in love with the West Coast at first sight. They decided to move there despite Bruno's initial worries about working as a sole trader as a foreigner with no connections.

But three years later, he has found great success and is as busy as he wants to be, proving that there are plenty of opportunities for all sorts of skills for anyone who wants to move to the West Coast. The natural beauty of the area is unparalleled in New Zealand, and Bruno believes that there is nowhere else where you can walk up a hill into a virgin forest or stand on the beach, listening to the crashing waves and looking at glaciers.

Bruno believes that the West Coast is a great place for people who love the outdoors, but it can also be an ideal location for people who work remotely. Although it may sound remote, Christchurch is not far away, and the drive over the hill is beautiful. Compared to working in the city, where people are running after money and living life at a fast pace, Bruno finds the perfect balance between family life and work on the West Coast.

Bruno's story is an excellent example of how taking a chance and moving to a new place can pay off. Despite his initial worries about working as a sole trader in an unfamiliar location, he has found success and is living a fulfilling life on the West Coast.

For anyone considering a move to the West Coast, Bruno's story is proof that taking the plunge can be worth it.

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