I'm an AE offering business advice and consultancy (according to my category) - in practice this involves working mainly as an interpreter for businesses (both side of the channel), and also some translation work.
I'm happy that AE is the right business structure in France, given that my regular revenue is currently low (I've been going less than a year, and I have small children so can't work a full-time week for another few months yet).
But I've now picked up a very short term contract on a good day-rate. For this contract, several weeks' worth of well-paid work, clearly staying AE is certainly possible, since I'd still be NOWHERE NEAR the upper revenue limit ;) .
However, should things continue to go well and I continue to pick up "day rate contractor" work, could I and should I set up a UK company? I want everything above board, but I hesitate to say it's relevant for me to pay hefty French cotisations, permanently, on work that has nothing to do with France (isn't being conducted in France, and isn't for a French customer). I'm more than happy to keep up as an AE for my cross-channel interpretation business, and to trade up to a proper company as things get better. My husband, French, already has an accountant, so I'll seek his advice about how and when to do this.
My question relates to UK and overseas work. My husband doesn't think Hollande has a right to shaft me for things that don't concern him!!!
I'm also aware that there is such a thing as "portage salarial" companies in France (and umbrella companies in the UK) - which a contractor can work through (for a limited time, in the case of the UK), and the umbrella company administer's employer's and employee's National Insurance, and takes a cut. I'm not eligible to work for a UK umbrella company because I don't work in the UK. I haven't yet looked into the French portage salarial yet - but my instinct says it'd be yet another great French rip-off. After all, in France we all have to do our own tax admin, so why pay through the nose and still do all the paperwork myself?!
Any ideas, especially on the feasibility of setting up a UK company, would be welcome.