You want to collaborate with a French freelancer?

Freelancing is gaining popularity worldwide, especially in Europe, where the market is estimated at 300 billion euros (2018). Companies have access to highly-qualified talents, and self-employed workers can feel the freedom of working from home. Professionals of all fields are required in a daily basis by small and big companies from all activity sectors and everyone seems to be joining the adventure.

Many reasons can explain the choice of a freelancer for a company. Freelancing is not only a great way for individuals to boost their careers while having advantages like time management and finance control (as the 2.7 million French freelancers well know) but also there are several perks for the contractors, such as:

  • High-quality. As they depend on the client’s satisfaction each time a project is delivered, freelancer put all their efforts in every single task.
  • Experts calculate at 30% annually the savings of hiring freelancers
  • A fast time delivery plus working during holidays.
  • Independents stay more updated about new technologies and innovations related to their field because they aim to maintain themselves competitive.
  • Special expertise. Often, they have deeper knowledge in a specific field, something hard to find in an in-house team.

For sure, you are aware of these and many other advantages that this kind of collaboration represents. Nevertheless, the umbrella company concept, the French way of freelance-work, is much more beneficial. Indeed, France is one of the most advanced countries regarding legislation for this type of work and modern-efficient ways of implementing it.

France is one of the 10 most important economies in the world by volume of GDP and is ranked 31st of the 190 that make up the Doing Business ranking, which classifies nations according to the ease they offer to do business. With such strong economy, it comes to no surprise that this country has a quite well-regulated system that ensures independent workers and contractors’ strong conditions for a satisfactory relationship.

Of course, a business leader still has to put in the balance certain considerations before hiring a freelancer, especially regarding the legal status. There are some risks of working with an external consultant, such as sudden termination of commercial relations or even the illicit supply of workers. From the beginning, the CEO will want to feel confident in a secure relationship with an independent worker and start a project under the best possible conditions.

But these concerns aren’t present in an umbrella company system. Unlike a true freelancer, working for an umbrella company means that the external consultant is actually an employee, so this person works under its responsibility.

ABC Portage, founding member of the PEPS (Professional Trade Union of Portage Salary), complies with all the legal obligations and ensures the company receives what was promised in the previously discussed conditions. Applying best practices, ABC Portage lays the foundation for a win-win relationship with a smooth handover and bringing the service to a good close.

How does it work?

Umbrella companies, which were recognised by the French government in 2008, are the connection between agencies and professionals that ensure the efficient collaboration and the right conditions for both.

For the agency, this system helps to quickly and easily find the expert with the skills to provide the needed service. Besides, it guarantees legal compliance and transparency while offering key advantages such as simplicity of management and cost control.

Besides avoiding legal difficulties, the agency saves time and efforts in hiring the professional in the conventional way and only focuses in three steps – selection of the consultant, negotiation and fulfilling of the contract.

The consultant remains his own boss, meaning he works as a real freelancer with all the implied benefits – they can look for their clients, decide working hours and establish their work rates. However, umbrella employees don’t deal with paperwork as entrepreneurs do, since this is the job of the umbrella company. This way, they can fully engage in their work and not worry about managing all administrative aspects, like handling the taxes.

An umbrella consultant, despite acting as a self-employed worker, has all the rights and benefits of an employee while avoiding the huge amount of money needed for starting a business. Another advantage for consultants is that they can claim work expenses to the umbrella company.

The role of ABC Portage

We are in charge of the logistic process, from presenting the project to the signing of the contracts. Companies who hire external services can rest assured on an efficient and 100% secure process.

As one of the main umbrella companies in France, with an impeccable trajectory started in 2004 and ISO 9001 certification, ABC Portage has helped more than 6000 companies of all sizes and sectors to find the ideal consultant for their projects.

The client company simply pays the consultant’s fee and transfers the contractual responsibility of the assignment to us. In this tripartite relationship, ABC Portage facilitates the process for both the client and the consultant.

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