RED TAPE WOES
Having just returned to France, I want to share an annoying experience about setting up a small business here. During a holiday in the UK, I met with a lady selling renowned children’s books on a market. I discovered the role of authorised organiser for the books’ publisher in France and gave serious thought to this fun way to complement my household’s income. I thoroughly studied the English legal agreement and was aware that I should buy the first starter kit of books.
However, while investigating in France, I discovered that by signing an agreement with a foreign employer, I would not be allowed to claim the favourable work status of ‘direct seller’. I would need to declare myself ‘self-employed’ with micro-entreprise status (formerly ‘ auto-entrepreneur’). Creating a micro-entreprise is allegedly admin- and feefree, yet while uncovering layers of abstruse information, I realised that each step comes at a hidden cost – internet declaration, professional bank account fees, etc.
I ultimately made my decision not to go for it, but I still regret living in an administrative frame that does not value individual initiative.
Claire Célérier Haute-Garonne
We’re sorry to hear that, Claire. We’d love to hear from readers that would like to share their experiences of setting up a business in France – Ed.