Auto-entrepreneur profile by Ciel

By Valérie Aston on 8 October 2009 · Viewed 4541 times · Questions

Ciel, software provider for small and medium size businesses and subsidairy of Sage, has recently published a survey carried out on 817 auto-entrepreneurs using their solution Ciel Auto-Entrepreneur Facile

This survey confirms that the auto entrepreneur tends to be a 40 year old man providing services. The auto-entrepreneur scheme is a good match for services as these activities tend to require less investments, may not require an office and fit in with the maximum turnover threshold of 32,000 euros per year.

What is very interesting is that 62% of these auto-entrepreneurs started their business without carrying out a business plan, a market research or asking for external advice. 55% self financed their new business with 500 euros or less. So not so surprisingly the issues encountered included finding customer (43%) and calculating their selling price (19%).

Finally the survey confirms that existing auto-entrepreneurs work with a limited number of clients of have a limited number of sales, as 80% of them issued less than 10 invoices per month.

Download the full auto-entrepreneurs survey (in French) : 1et baromètre Ciel Auto-Entrepreneur.
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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.