We're recently moved the my hubby's hometown of Albi in the Tarn with our young family. We're starting to get ourselves established... at a much slower pace to our previous life in London and I am researching how to transfer my qualifications as a Massage Therapist and set up my practice here in Albi and/or in nearby Toulouse.
Finding it difficult to find a definitive route, which is to be expected... and so I was wondering if anyone is able to share any words of wisdom based on their own experiences in pursuing this type of work successfully here in France.
I have read some of the previous posts on this forum and have done other research regarding the differences in terms of culture, not calling myself a 'massage therapist' etc. And so, my questions are more specific about some of the business/employment side of things... and some of this may not be specific to massage, but other similar small businesses.
1. Pros and Cons to Micro Entrepreneur vs Profession Libérale? Are there other realistic options for someone starting out a new business/one man band?
2. Are there recommendations for professional insurances? We use MAIF for our car etc, but they don't do anything for this area of work. I also know of Médinat - Groupe Alians, but I would like to be able to compare with others... if others exist.
3. Do I need to or is it beneficial to be part of a 'professional organisation of massage therapists'? I have come across FFMBE, but they don't seem to have a huge membership base... Are their others? Is it relevant?
Many thanks in advance for taking the time to respond!