RED TAPE WOES

Living France - - Découvrez -

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.

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