|The Dark Side of Auto-Entrepreneur Status|
|Written by Jean Taquet|
As of the end of 2009, half of the people who had registered for Auto-Entrepreneur status – created on the first day of 2009 – had no other job activity and were registered as being unemployed. French and American people will interpret this very differently, because they will focus on two different issues.
1 – Americans view entrepreneurism in a very positive light, perhaps because they also view failure as an opportunity to rebound. When they hear about the number of people who have registered for auto-entrepreneur status, they think: “Good for them; they are taking initiative and I wish them the best. Even if they fail, they will have learned a lot and this will help them be a better employee or business owner in the future.” Entrepreneurs make up a large part of the American workforce, and every new job that is created is viewed as a boost to the economy (and consequentially the country), even if it is self-created.
Jean Taquet holds a masters degree in law from the Sorbonne University and the French BTS accounting degree. He served as a jurist officer in the French Army in1985. He has been managing the refugee ministry of the American church since 1993, and has written the Question and Answer column in the Paris Free Voice. Read his complete bio .
Melissa W. Audrey: ...
"As long as the majority of the French see being self-employed or going into business for yourself as a curse or a last resort, and believe the only people who are really eager to do it are crooks, liars and cheaters, any program promoting self-employment will have no hope of success."
Well said. I totally agree.
March 15, 2010