Ever thought about striking out on your own to become a "travailleur indépendant" or a freelance teacher in France? What are the steps? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Is it really for you? Read on, and we'll explore that together.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Keep That Envelope!
Another title for this post could be "Excuse me for my lateness Part 2." On February 9th, I received the first out of the four annual bills I get from the health insurance collector for independents. The letter was dated 18 January. Funny. I looked at the envelope and sure enough, it was sent on February 5th. Now here's the nutcracker: the deadline for payment was also February 5th! A check for 225EUR and an angry post-it note later, I sent off my payment hoping they wouldn't charge me any late fees. But just to be sure, I am keeping that February 5th postmarked envelope in case I have to prove my innocence. One more little piece of paper to add to my collection of the mistakes made by collectors.
Bethany Cagnol owns two companies in France devoted to project management, training, and language skills assessment and enjoys organizing English Language Teacher conferences. She is the Treasurer of IATEFL BESIG, on the IATEFL Conference Committee and past president of TESOL France. She has authored works for Cambridge University Press, Pearson and Cornelsen.
She has an MA in TEFL from the University of London and over 10 years of experience as a trainer in companies and in higher education establishments. Bethany delivers seminars to large groups, develops tailored, blended learning packages for companies and recruits talented trainers, translators, authors and editors to carry out major long- and short-term education-related projects.