IF you are looking to live in France permanently, and are not yet ready to retire, then setting up a business is something you be possibly investigated.
Whether it is a holiday home, a small shop or something based around the internet then you will have to ensure you are correctly registered.
Starting a Business in France, by André de Vries, provides a thorough introduction into what to expect and the steps to take when looking to set-up your business.
Of course much will depend upon your entrepreneurial skills and dedication, but the book does provide plenty of information on amongst other things, different business structures, buying an existing business and tips on working with colleagues and contacts.
It also goes into great detail on the tax and social security side of things, as well as the steps you need to take if you employ others, and what you need to do if you have to dismiss someone.
The book is full of useful contact details for different associations and departments, with some entertaining break-out pieces from people who have started a business in France.
There is only a little on actually marketing your business, which is the Achilles heel of many start-ups, so you will have to give some thought to this. I think some people forget just how large France is when compared to the UK, for example, so using the same marketing techniques as in the past may not prove successful.
But overall the book excels with its detailed information on the paperwork and procedures involved in starting a business, which is often the most challenging area.
Title: Starting a Business in France
Author: André de Vries