BE­ING SELF-EM­PLOYED IN FRANCE

Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

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

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