Auto-entrepreneur profile

By Valérie Aston on 15 June 2009 · Viewed 3538 times · Questions

An up-dated profile of the auto-entrepreneur has been revealed by the Caravane des Entrepreneurs. Every year, this road show visit about 90 towns through France, Switzerland and Belgium to advise would be entrepreneurs on how to start their business. The survey carried out on 705 auto entrepreneurs in 17 locations confirms that the average auto entrepreneur is a 40 year old man providing services.

Here’s a more detailed profile:

  • Average age of 40 for women and 42 for men
  • Out of 750 would entrepreneurs, 52% were unemployed, 22% were employees and 15% were either studiants, retired or civil servants
  • 45% were women
  • 57% of activities are related to services, 17% to intellectual services (i.e. professions libérales such as consultant, programmer, writer, private lessons), 16% with mixed acitivites and 10% for trade;
  • Auto entrepreneurs are attracted by the simplicity of this new system (37%), and low charges (15%);
  • 85% of these auto entrepreneurs have not received any advice regarding their business and found the information online (30%) or via the official website (13%). No mentions of accountants or chamber of commerce

Amongst the reason for registering as an auto entrepreneur, 66% wanted to create their own job, 15% were testing an idea, and 13% aim to increase their revenue.

About 20% of these auto entrepreneur do not know how they planned to develop their activity in the long term - remain auto entrepreneur, start an entreprise individuelle or remain employed. More worryingly one third of these entrepreneurs had no idea about how much revenue their new activity will generate. This auto entrepreneur survey will be updated by the end of the road show. I will keep you posted on the final findings.

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.