Working Gold Pack - Employed or self employed in France
We assist you in setting up your own self employment or Limited company business in France, ensuring that you do so in a way that is legitimate and compliant with the regulations and legislation pertaining to your chosen venture.
There are many different ways of setting up as a business in France. From ‘Associations’ (essentially charitable concerns), through the various types of small business entities, to setting up as a SARL – very much like a private limited company in the UK. Each type of business has its own rules, regulations, and legal niceties to observe. One thing to note is that legislation and regulations change regularly, and are often interpreted quite differently by local communes, departments prefectures, etc. We offer expert advice and guidance on the type of business that would best suit your needs, and then walk you through the necessary steps to ensure you are fully and properly registered and that you have permission to begin trading in France.
One issue Expats often overlook is the French insistence on ensuring that individuals or groups who set up in business have the correct qualifications to do so. The French have a system of checking and authorising foreign qualifications – educational or vocational – and awarding equivalence with similar French qualifications. This can be a minefield for the unprepared, but trading without ensuring your qualifications meet French standards can invalidate professional indemnity insurance, and, in the worst case, lead to you being imprisoned and / or fined heavily for trading without the necessary qualifications and permissions.
Again we are able to provide expert advice and guidance and help you to negotiate with the appropriate authorities to ensure that your qualifications are recognised and valued and that you are able to trade as you wish to.
Every business has to pay tax and other charges, we have qualified accountants that will advise you on your liabilities in law (fees may apply depending on the work you are asking them to carry out; cash flow forecast, business plans as of course this is not part of a mobility relocation package). We assist and help* you to submit full and accurate records to the relevant authorities via your chosen account to ensure that you stay above-board and conform to all current legal and regulatory requirements.*
Finally we act as intermediaries for you, mediating and facilitating on your behalf, should you find yourself in conflict with clients, other businesses, or the authorities. If the worse comes to the worse, we are able to advise and guide you on obtaining the correct legal representation and we will support you by translating legal letters and documentation for you and in helping you to furnish replies (in French) to requests for information, etc.
If you are outside of the EU, there may be financial considerations to consider (large capital investment in the creation of your company, business forcast, etc) before you are able to get permission to work in France.
* our assistance is advisory information provided in the course of you running your company and should never be misunderstood as providing information on how you should run a company. Meaning that you should be using the business skills already acquired in your country of origin. If you have never been a director or self employed, we can arrange a course for you in French with the cost of an interpreter.
Please ask about our Business to Business Packs to see how else we might be able to help your business grow and prosper. From relocation packages, to business consultancy, we offer an array of business services that complement our Working Pack.
(1)Monthly plans available to EURO bank account holders only, if outside the EURO monetary zone the annual premium is payable, please ask us about this.(2)Assistance is defined as a basic help on an issue covered by this pack. For example : not indepth legal assistance or translating 20 pages of an insurance contract but more letting you know what is in the contract or your basic rights