HOW TO CREATE A BUSINESS IN FRANCE
If you want to create a business in France, it depends if you are unemployed or already in a position.
1) If you are unemployed :
You have to be registered in POLE EMPLOI (employment agency)
http://www.pole-emploi.fr/accueil/ (that means your file is already completed and taken care of by a counsellor)
Once you have an idea of business you organize an appointment with your own counsellor or directly with the counsellor in charge of business creation or takeover.
Then he/she can help and advise you about the agencies to question to start a business :
- BGE (Bureau de Gestion des Entreprises) http://www.bgefc.org/
- URSSAF (Union des Recouvrements de Sécurité Sociale et d’Allocations Familiales)
(this link can help you to understand how the French administration works)
- CCI (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie) http://www.cci.fr/
- Chambre des métiers (craft industry) http://www.artisanat.fr/
- Chambre d’Agriculture (farm chamber) http://www.chambres-agriculture.fr/
2) If you already have a job
No need to contact POLE EMPLOI. You can directly go to BGE and contact a counsellor to present your project. They will guide and advise you on the process to follow to start your business, for example they can help you make a study market.
Depending on the activity you are about to create you follow the same process as given above. Then you will have to fill in a file and give it to the relevant administration.
3) Whether you are employed or not
There is a type of business you can start : it is called being “self employed” (auto-entrepreneur).
In other words you can currently earn a fixed salary but be willing to develop a business on your own : it can be an additional activity or the opportunity for you to test your project and see if it is worth resigning
Being a self employed person means having to follow specific administrative and financial rules and to get more information go to http://www.lautoentrepreneur.fr/
Whatever your status, if you are a woman you can contact the association dedicated to women
K’elles Energies http://kellesenergies.canalblog.com/ which can provide you with help and support.
The whole process can take a while depending on the business
(between 2 and 6 weeks)
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