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Auto-entrepreneurially Lean

October 22nd, 2009 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Now, maybe some of you will have developed the perception that France is a sort of bureaucratic country, with a fairly high percentage of people in work being employed by the government which isn”t a guarantee that there will not be long queues at adminstration buildings.

The French certainly have this perception (although personally I reckon that some of the administrations are quite good), and one area where there did seem to be a great deal of paper, queuing and time spent was when you wanted to set yourself up in business. For some it was at the least discouraging.

There was this great law that came in at the beginning of this year which created a type of company – the autoentrepreneur – which threw out a lot of the formalism and enabled potential businessmen to set themselves up in two clicks on the internet. OK, there are restrictions, especially governing the maximum turnover you can make, but it is a useful stepping stone to get a project off the ground.

And it is having a great success. In September alone there were 56000 companies set up, 60% of which were autoentrepreneurs, a total which is 80% up over the corresponding rolling three-month period compared with last year. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a increase of 68% in the total number of companies created compared with 2008.

OK, they don’t all turn out that well – some never make a sale, and failure rate has gone up 22%, but for every failure there are seven creations, so something is shifting in the economy.

And I doubt whether with this new entrepreneurial spirit, many of the new companies will be under pressure to implement SAP. In fact, they’ll be looking to do whatever they need to do as economically and as quickly as possible. Alone in this big, bad world, each autoentrepreneur will be forced to resolve his own problems, work closely and tirelessly with other autoentrepreneurs, train himself on the latest ways of doing things, and basically think : “customer, customer, customer,…”.

Naturally Lean, if you like. Autoentrepreneurially Lean.

Good luck to all of you autoentrepreneurs!!

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