Entrepreneurs: new profiles with the rise in auto-entrepreneurship

Frédéric Barruel, Stéphane Thomas, pôle national Démographie des entreprises et des établissements, Insee, Olivier Filatriau, Henri Mariotte, division Infrastructures et répertoire statistiques, Insee

Since it came into force on 1st January 2009, the success of the auto-entrepreneur system has profoundly changed the business start-up landscape. Each year, between 270,000 and 360,000 auto-enterprises are registered, i.e. more than one business start-up out of two.This new status has modified the profile of entrepreneurs. While one entrepreneur out of three has a classical profile with a project based on significant investment, other entrepreneurial profiles have become more prominent or have emerged. Thus business start-ups by salaried employees, retired people or students as a complement to their activity now represent one start-up in three. Additionally, other entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity afforded by the auto-enterprise system to go into business more easily or earlier than with a traditional start-up, and have made it their main activity.

Insee Première
No 1487
Paru le : 05/02/2014