STARTING A BUSINESS IN FRANCE
• 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.