Entrepreneurship and self-employment in Europe

Entrepreneurship and self-employment in Europe

The self-employed are at the heart of a new dynamic. In partnership with Blank, OpinionWay conducted a survey of 1,000 freelancers. The interviews were carried out from March 12 to 28, 2022 and the results show that the majority of professionals are satisfied with their independent status.

88% of self-employed people say they are optimistic about their status: it should be noted that 54% say they are rather optimistic and 34% say they are very optimistic

However, results differ by industry.

  • Craftsmen: 92%
  • Tradesmen and similar: 83%
  • Intermediate professions: 88%
  • *New independents: 87%

The majority of freelancers say they are optimistic about their personal future and the development of their business. They represent 79%.

As for merchants, given that the pandemic has led to closures and difficulties of all kinds, their optimism is full of caution!

And in Europe?

A survey presented recently at the press conference for the 26th Salon des Entrepreneurs de Paris for the Union of Auto-Entrepreneurs and Independent Workers as part of its Observatory co-published with the Le Roch-Les Mousquetaires Foundation and carried out by OpinionWay indicates that 28% of people intend to start their business in France. A figure that cannot leave anyone indifferent.

This study carried out with more than 5000 people in 6 European countries (France 1065 respondents, Germany 1004, Spain 1034, United Kingdom 1010 and Poland 1001) reveals that France would be in last position among the countries questioned even if the creation intentions increased by 3%. Poland tops the list with 62% of respondents, followed by Spain (55%), the United Kingdom (51%) and Germany (31%).

This figure is far from being anecdotal because 50% would like to start creating within two years. In other words, it would mean, once related to the population of age to create, that no less than 7.5 million potential entrepreneurs exist in France in the short term. Even if this figure remains between 2 and 3 times lower than our European neighbors apart from Germany, it highlights a real desire for entrepreneurship.

Self-employment and self-employment are on the rise.

Surprising but consistent result, it would be in France 81% to prefer entrepreneurship alone than in the form of a “classic” company. Thus, they are 48% to have declared that they would like to do it ” Alone with a self-employed/micro-entrepreneur status / Alone as a self-employed worker ” and 33% alone in a “classic” company against 18% in several. Overall, 75% have a favorable opinion of the self-employed/self-employed status.

On the European side, they would be globally 76% to have a good opinion of self-employment and self-entrepreneurship. The majority goes to the United Kingdom with 88%, Poland (82%) and Germany (79%). Conversely, Spain is very much behind with barely 55% of those questioned.

Reasons to choose self-employment

Although many respondents wish to opt for this status, it would above all be a means of creating a job (88%) and earning a good living on a daily basis (for 53%). Note that 48% now find that self-employment / self-employment is valued by society.

On a European scale, 91% of Europeans think that it is a good way to create a job and 68% to earn a good living, figures slightly higher than in France.

The main difficulties to undertake

According to this survey, several difficulties remain to be resolved:

  • The lack of social coverage (right to unemployment, sickness benefits, accidentology, etc.) for 52% against 57% in Europe but which is improving with the new laws
  • The complex management of administrative procedures for 44% compared to 40% in Europe
  • The difficulty of mobilizing financing for 41% against 45% in Europe
  • Isolation, the need to fend for themselves for 37%
  • Lack of trust in society (difficulty renting accommodation, obtaining credit, opening a bank account, etc.) for 31%

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