Macker Posted August 27, 2005 Share Posted August 27, 2005 One of the reasons we moved to France was to get away from the 9–5 grind and the labels that go with it and part of our plan was that we would have lots of different things going on that would (hopefully) earn us a living. I registered myself as a gardening micro enterprise a year and a half ago, partially because that was what I was doing at the time and partially because I needed to get into the system because we have two children at school and we needed to be in the 'system'. I still have quite a few gardening regulars but we also have a gite and a couple of chambre d'hotes. I also paint (as in paintings) and hope to open a small gallery next year. In addition, my wife is a craftsperson and she would like to do Christmas markets and vide greniers with her goods and we also have the possibility of opening a small shop where we live.From my past life I have many years experience in the construction industry (although no formal qualifications) and can turn my hand to most things and have found that there is probably quite a market for this type of thing locally and I have a few other ideas for generating income as well. I approached the local Chambre de Commerce about the gite/c d'h and they suggested that, as I am already registered, we register it in my wife's name but that would mean having to pay two sets of social charges and taxes (already high enough thanks). When I mentioned the other stuff listed above the person in the CdeC nearly threw a wobbly and could not get her head around it at all. I suppose that the same thing would happen in the UK where you would register as whatever and then just declare any income no matter what it derived from. My worry is that someone will say 'You're not registered as a gite/chambre d'otes business' even though we're declaring the income and paying tax on it except it is being declared under a totally different business i.e gardening. Same goes for construction work. If I am, for example, doing some renovation work on a house and approached by the gendarmes who see that my siret only covers me for gardening even though I am declaring and paying tax on my income, will I be in trouble even if I have made the people who I am doing it for aware of the limitations of my siret? I imagine that there must be lots of expats who have the same idea as us and I expect that it's probably easier to keep it all on the q.t. but we would like to be up front and pay our share so my question basically is: Is there any easy way that any of you have found to create an umbrella business that can cover a number of different income streams. Grateful for any experiences or solutions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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