How to be employed and freelance?

When a professional wishes to launch his activity as a freelancer, the question arises of the accumulation between his paid activity and his new independent status. In fact, working as an employee and being self-employed requires respecting certain rules but also knowing if it is possible to combine these two professional statuses. How, then, to be an employee and a freelancer at the same time? How can you be sure that you can launch your activity as a self-employed person while maintaining your employee status? When that’s not possible, how do you take advantage of employee benefits while starting your business? Explanations.

Benefit from salaried status while remaining independent

Employee and freelance: how to know if the combination is possible?

At first, your main professional activity is what you do as an employee within the company that hires you. You should be aware that launching your activity as a freelancer while you are also an employee requires you to check if this combination is authorized, as indicated on the Cegelem site.

Depending on your employment contract, the activity sector you are in (private or public), it may be difficult to launch your activity at the same time as your paid work.

However, some of these rules apply, mainly to the private sector:

  • When you sign your employment contract with the company, you must make sure that there is no clause that prohibits you from performing activities as a freelancer (see also the collective agreement). In the absence of this clause, you can launch your activity.
  • Also, it is important, when your employment contract does not mention any prohibition in this regard, to launch a professional activity that does not compete with your company! This is the non-competition clause.
  • Finally, you must be affiliated with the Social Security of the Self-Employed (SSI) but also with the general social security system.

By comparison, public officials are subject to very strict rules regarding private activity. They depend on the working hours, the paid activity carried out within the Public Service, etc.

How do I declare my two incomes?

This is one of the most common annual steps: declaring your income. When you receive your tax form, your employer has usually sent the income for the current year to the tax authorities.

But your dual activity also requires the completion of a second tax sheet, this time dedicated to your freelance activity. This is declaration n°2042-C-PRO. Then you need to indicate your turnover (BIC or BNC) according to your type of activity.

How to manage your salaried status and your freelance status?

When you understand how wage portage works and when all the conditions are met to launch your activity as a freelancer while continuing to use your paid activity, organization will be the key word.

It should be noted that under no circumstances can you work on your private projects during business hours. Launching your business therefore implies that you are doing it in your spare time! Your employer is absolutely not obliged to agree to change your working hours (part-time, rearrangement of days, etc.) to allow you to carry out your freelance project. If he does, good for you! If not, you have to adapt.

Then, depending on the nature of your freelance work, you’ll need to learn how to organize yourself. In order to achieve your turnover goals and complete work assignments for your clients on time, a schedule and a list of tasks to be done each day are welcome. You will have more visibility into the missions to do! In addition, due to your busy schedule with your two jobs, you can better determine the time needed to complete the mission as a freelancer.

What are the advantages of freelance and employee status combined?

Combining the two statuses proves to be an interesting solution for motivated workers, who are not afraid to devote a lot of time to the use of their two professions. It’s a fact, being a freelancer and an employee will fill your life well! Your weekends and your weeknights will usually be devoted to growing your business, without compromising your day-to-day business.

But this hard work is also worthwhile. In fact, you have a second source of income! It is not insignificant and then allows you to live a better life.

In addition, combining the two statuses allows you to test your activity properly. You can take the time to develop it, to test your ability to manage a professional project as a freelancer. Be careful though, this accumulation has the drawback of not being able to multiply projects! Your time is greatly reduced by your paid activity. If you ever realize that being a freelancer is not for you, or that your business is not working, you can simply stop your activity and go back to your daily life before.

Finally, pride is an important feeling when you launch your private professional project. This is often the realization of a dream, a long-held desire. In this way, the freelancer feels a lot of pride in performing two activities simultaneously. He gives himself the means to succeed, determined and motivated to achieve his goals, regardless of the associated sacrifices.

The contract prohibits the launch of your activity: how to become a freelancer without losing the benefits of work?

In the event that your employer refuses, through the employment contract, for you to start your business, there is a solution. Wage portage companies allow freelancers to carry out their professional projects as independents while enjoying the benefits of traditional employees.

So, after leaving your job, you can devote all your time to performing work assignments in client companies. In return, you will receive a salary that you have fixed, but will also have all the benefits of employees, namely:

  • unemployment insurance;
  • Health insurance;
  • Pension insurance;
  • Leave, leave the pain;
  • etc.

This way, you are protected by the wage portage company, which manages all the administration and accounting for you! In return, it charges management fees on your turnover.

This solution is perfect when your desire to create your business is strong, but you want to test your business first. Being protected by multiple insurances is also reassuring in the beginning because this new life is an endless discovery! The fear of the unknown is limited by the management offered by the wage portage company, which in no way interferes with your autonomy, your personal work and your customer relationships. You will stay in control of your business.

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