I've been following along reading the great comments and information provided by others. I'm in an extremely opposite situation as Emile but my end result (moving to France) is the same. Let me explain...
I'm moving to France this year (by hook or by crook) from the USA. The reason I want to move to France is somewhat unknown to me other than I have an inexplicable love for everything about the French culture and every time I'm there I feel like I'm "home." I've been studying the language for years and someday except to be fluent. Let's just say I would *be* French if I had the choice!
I'm single with almost no "ties" to the US (i.e. housing, job, relationship, etc.) This is mainly on purpose as I've been planning to move for a while. My family thinks I'm weird for wanting to move but that's par for the course. I'm a "nomad" and enjoy moving to new places.
I'm familiar with many (most?) of the obstacles of doing what I'm wanting to do (no EU passport, no job sponsor, bureaucracy, etc.) but, dammit, I'M GOING! I know it will be hard and painful but I spent the 1st half of my life *wanting* to move to France. Now that I'm over 40, I'm determined to spend the last half *doing* it; whatever the obstacles! :-) I'm not getting any younger.
My current (modest) income is from an online marketing consulting business I started not long ago. So, my work is "mobile." I don't have much money but A.) I don't require much; and B.) business will grow over time. (The internet isn't going away soon!) I should be able to apply as an auto-entrepreneur and live/work "legally" in France once I have a better, regular income to show. Plus, my online marketing knowledge will be valuable to business-English students. Which leads me to...
I've been told multiple times that there's a need/desire for *American* ESL teachers in France and I "should just move there" and do that: whether working at "Wall Street", teaching individually or putting together my own 2-day seminar and selling it to companies...whichever comes first, literally.
For most of my life (including 20+ years as a corporate marketer), I have been a private music educator and have a certification in piano pedagogy. I've taught individuals as well as groups of 100, off and on, for the last 25 years. Obviously, with a proper TESL/CELTA certification, teaching English should be an easy switch. Finally, I'm also certified as a Tour Guide. Eventually, I want to lead tours of France to tourists. (I *told* you I love France!)
Between these 3 things (online marketing, teaching business English, tour guiding), I "should" be able to make a go of it. Right? The challenge is getting there and making it all work. I don't care where I live at first but to begin, it probably makes the most sense to start in Paris because, by sheer numbers, there will be more opportunities. I'd almost consider living in a barn if it was safe and I had access to SNCF or TGV transportation! :-)
So I guess my question is, does anything above "jump out" at you? Do you have advice? Are there other opportunities I'm missing? Maybe there's an adult adoption agency I'm not aware of...? Maybe there are scholarships for old American piano teachers...? Maybe you have an extra EU passport lying around...? /silliness
Sorry about the lengthy post. I tend to anticipate questions and over-explain things. My hope is that the additional context leads to better answers. :-)
Merci en avance,
P.S. According to my French teacher, my language skills are "niveau intermédiaire"...but I'm working on it! Here's my leboncoin, craigslist, etc. posting for when I arrive:
Américan de 44ans, niveau intermédiaire de français, cherche à donner cours d'anglais des affaires à Paris. 20+ années d'experience professionnelle, certificat d'enseignement des langue et du piano. Si vous cherchez quelqu'un de fiable, ouvert, dynamique, souriant, cultivé et professionnel pour vous enseigner l'anglais des affaires, veuillez me contacter pour plus d'informations, CV et références. Merci beaucoup. Cordialement, Joseph