START­ING A BUSI­NESS IN FRANCE

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• There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent busi­ness regimes or struc­tures in France, the sim­plest be­ing the mi­cro-en­ter­prise (for­merly auto-en­tre­pre­neur). Be­fore se­lect­ing your regime, make sure you have de­cided on the most ap­pro­pri­ate one for your busi­ness model. In some struc­tures, you are un­able to have em­ploy­ees, or have strict lim­its on turnover.

• Check that you have the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions and fa­cil­i­ties to carry out your pro­posed work in France. Some pro­fes­sions, such as cater­ing, op­er­ate un­der strict rules and you may need to have qual­i­fi­ca­tions or ex­pe­ri­ence earned in the UK ver­i­fied.

• Make sure you have the rel­e­vant in­sur­ance for your oc­cu­pa­tion. Lo­cal banks and in­sur­ance bro­kers will be able to pro­vide you with quo­ta­tions for li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance and other rel­e­vant poli­cies that you may need.

• En­sure that you have con­sid­ered your mar­ket care­fully. If you are run­ning a busi­ness in a ru­ral lo­ca­tion, for ex­am­ple, you need to fac­tor in the dis­tance from lo­cal towns and the likely im­pact on trade.

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