Wants professional freedom, hesitates to leave the comfortable status of a classic employee in a company for freelance. In France, they have fallen to around 100,000 employees, according to FEPS. Here are five tips to start this adventure in the best conditions.
Being independent of employment benefits, wage portage offers undeniable advantages. However, you should know that such a change of status requires some preliminary advice to carry out such a project.
1. Learn the differences between traditional employee status and employee onboarding
Although the status of a traditional employee in CDD and CDI and that of a brought employee are similar, as they both provide social protection, however, they differ in certain points. Let’s start by recalling the definition of wage portage, which is an alternative and triangular employment model involving the client company, the intermediary portage company and you, the ported employee. In this arrangement, it is up to you to find your own missions, your clients and the establishment of your price list. It is thanks to this organization that you will be able to generate a regular monthly income. And if you are a consultant for a client company, this is the umbrella company that will be your employer.
2. Choose the right umbrella company
If you’re thinking of turning to ported employee status, choosing which porting company to move to is important. Therefore, it is necessary to check some criteria to guide your decision:
- The reputation and the financial stability of the company: it is always preferable to choose a wage portage company that is recognized, stable, with a certain experience. Do not forget that you entrusted him with the fruit of your activity;
- The projection of your monthly net income paid by the umbrella company after deducting management fees,
- The support provided: individual, group training provided, legal or accounting services provided… There are many elements that can weigh the balance in determining your choice;
- The professional network: as a business leader, it is necessary to build a network of contacts in your sector to develop your activity; this is exactly what the umbrella company can deliver to you thanks to its portfolio of freelancers.
3. Conduct an initial search for missions
An important, even essential, part of your future activity as a supported employee, finding assignments is an exercise you may already be familiar with if you’ve used a commercial profession. To set yourself up in the coming weeks and months, you’ll need to spend time finding customers and relaunching your network, a process that may seem time-consuming, but essential. This is also one of the conditions of autonomy and must be communicated in the activity report, which will be sent every month to the portage company.
4. Think about the most suitable employment contract
Choosing a contract to suit your needs is important, if you choose the freight forwarder, whether it is a CDD or a CDI. To do this, you need to assess some criteria such as the repetition of available missions – one of the most relevant – or the impact on your personal situation. One-off contracts will allow you to diversify your missions and your income, while CDI guarantees you long-term financial security. It is up to you to determine the model that best suits you.
5. Know your obligations and rights
As a salaried employee, you must complete a monthly activity declaration (CRA – Activity report) detailing your activity, set your own pay schedule, and use your own professional network. As a supported employee, you also have a certain number of rights, since the status update in 2015; including access to social protection. In particular, you can benefit from ARE after a breach of contract. In addition, any company that performs wage portage must obtain professional liability insurance (RCP), which protects you against accidents or injuries caused during the performance of the activity.
Choosing the status of the supported employee offers many possibilities, approaching the same as a self-employed person, but with the advantages of a traditional employee. By following these few tips, you can begin your wage portage adventure more calmly.
Sources: The FEPS; IT
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