BEING SELF-EMPLOYED IN FRANCE
Make sure you get a good grip of the language. And once you have, if you don’t understand certain technical terms, keep asking until you do. People are usually happy to explain.
Be aware that when you are self-employed, you have to pay into three different social funds: sickness, pension, retirement. Amanda contributes 51% of her earnings. Be prepared for paperwork, and plenty of it.
Think carefully before taking on any staff. As an employer you will have to pay their charges, too. It may not be worth it.
Contact local English-speaking communities on social networks or elsewhere. There are many others who have been there and done it before, and will be happy to help. she recognised it as an amazing product, thought she could offer some PR help, and started work as a press attaché for the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac (BNIA) in 2003.
She enjoys the variety of her BNIA job and is proud that she is working on equal terms with French people. “I’m working like they do,” she says. “I have to speak in French. I have to write in French. I have to write reports, everything.”
Her job also takes her all over the world and she regularly travels to countries such as England, New York, and China; and being self-employed, she is her own boss. “If I’ve had enough, I can put the phone down, shut the computer off or go and walk the dogs for half an hour, clear my head, and then come back,” she says. “You can’t do that if you’re in an office.”
Amanda always has plenty of projects and ideas on the go. One of these has just come to fruition. She recently