5 top tips for transitioning from employee to employee
If you want professional independence, you are reluctant to give up the comfortable status of a classic employee in a company to become a freelancer. According to FEPS, they would already be around 100,000 workers in France. Five tips to start this adventure in the best conditions.
Independent of employment benefits, salary porting offers undeniable advantages. However, you should know that such a change of status requires some advice in advance to implement such a project.
1. Understand the differences between traditional worker and mobile worker status
Although the status of a traditional worker and a migrant worker under CDD and CDI is similar, they differ in certain respects as both provide social protection. Let’s start by recalling the definition of payroll portage, an alternative and triangular employment model involving the client company, the intermediary portage company, and you, the ported employee. In this setup, it’s up to you to find your own missions, customers, and create your price list. It is thanks to this organization that you will be able to get regular monthly income. If you are a consultant to a client company, it is the umbrella company that will be your employer.
2. Choose the right umbrella company
If you’re thinking about moving to mobile worker status, the choice of moving company to move forward with is important. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate certain criteria to guide your decision:
- Reputation and financial strength of the company: it is always preferable to choose a well-known, stable, well-established payroll company. Remember that you entrust him with the fruits of your actions;
- A forecast of your monthly net income paid by the umbrella company after deducting management fees,
- Support provided: individual, group training, legal or accounting services provided… Many elements that can weigh the balance when determining your choice;
- Professional network: to develop your activity as a business leader, you need to create a network of contacts in your sector; This is what an umbrella company can bring you thanks to its portfolio of freelancers.
3. Do an initial search for missions
Finding tasks that are an integral, even essential, part of your future activities as a supported worker is an exercise you may already be familiar with if you work in a commercial profession. In the coming weeks and months, you will need to spend time finding clients and re-energizing your network in order to organize yourself, a process that can seem time-consuming but important. This is also one of the conditions of autonomy and must be reported in the activity report to be sent to the portage company every month.
4. Think about the most suitable employment contract
Whether you choose a salary portage, whether CDD or CDI, it’s important to choose a contract tailored to your needs. To do this, it is necessary to evaluate several criteria, such as the repetition of existing missions – one of the most relevant – or the impact on your personal situation. One-time contracts will allow you to diversify your missions and income, while CDI guarantees you long-term financial security. It’s up to you to decide which model is best for you.
5. Know your responsibilities and rights
As a salaried employee, you must fill out a monthly activity statement (CRA – Activity report) detailing your activities, set your own pay schedule and use your own professional network. Since the status renewal in 2015, you have a number of rights as a supported worker; including access to social protection. In particular, you can benefit from ARE after a breach of contract. In addition, every payroll company must purchase professional indemnity insurance (RCP) that protects you against accident or damage that occurs in the course of the activity.
Choosing a supported worker status offers many opportunities, both approaching the self-employed and with the benefits of a traditional worker. By following these few tips, you can start your payroll transportation adventure more smoothly.
Sources: FEPS; ITG
This content was developed in partnership with ITG. The editorial staff of BFMTV did not participate in the preparation of this content.