I was wondering how many of you teach English as your main job or train people in other capacities, equally, how many of you have got your own 'déclaration d'activité? Do you know what it is? Have you had more work since you've had it?
I've been teaching in France for around 18 years now and ended up writing about how to set up on your own as an independent training business or 'organisme de formation' and get your own 'déclaration d'activité:
It's been written to help teachers or trainers of other types, earn higher hourly teaching rates and take on the role of the training company. Albeit, on a small scale.
The book doesn't go into the details of setting up large training centres, as it's really about being able to take advantage of occasional business opportunities that may come your way. Often, once settled down into your new area, you'll come across business situations that are unique to you and having your own 'numero formateur' will enable you to take better advantage of them.
The book came about after having gone through a gruelling process of refusals, incomplete 'dossiers', and complete bewilderment, alongside a genuine wish to help out the 'small' independent trainer earn a better living from their profession, which is sometimes quite poorly paid in relation to the mileage, reports and administration involved in the job. It's a great 'back-up' to your other training company work if you're motivated enough to do the paperwork involved.
After having helped out some French businesses I had it translated into French too under : 'Formateur Independante - obtenir votre déclaration d'activité' (available on lulu.com)
For anyone who's read the book and is still having difficulties understanding the process, I can offer help at reasonable prices, so please feel free to contact me.