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Become a home seller

Verified 07 April 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Economy

The lobbying home, also called "door", is an activity commercial. It's a question of just looking directly at customers you moving to their home. We'll show you how to VDI: titleContent, i.e. being a worker independent, unlike VRP: titleContent who is employed.

A commercial activity

Home seller is a business.

It consists of move at the customer's home or meeting sales, to sell goods or services.

Example :

Ready-to-wear, jewellery, essential oils, household appliances, windows, doors, heat pump, insulation, solar panels, electricity, gas, etc.

You are a worker independent : you are not an employee of a company (unlike VRP: titleContent).

Please note

it is often a secondary activity carried out in parallel with a main activity (self-employed or employed). It is safe to ask about possible incompatibilities between professions.

You're an intermediary

You are intermediary between a direct sales company and retail customers.

You sell the products and services of the direct selling company.

The sale ends with contract.

This is a contract of distribution that formalises the link between you, the company, and the customer.

However, you are not subject to this company. You can independently canvass clients.

Where to walk?

Tagging can be done in locations following:

  • Customer Home
  • Customer's workplace
  • Outside (street, centre or shopping centre, etc.)
  • Seller's place of work if the canvassing took place just before in the street or a shopping centre

Warning  

home selling is not about selling over the phone or the internet.

To have the right to be VDI: titleContent, you must:

FYI  

there is no qualification or residency requirement to be a home seller.

You can combine another activity with that of home seller.

VDI: titleContent is often exercised as secondary activity.

This is often a complement your main activity. The latter can be employed or independent.

Explain cumulation rules based on the nature of the activity.

There are 3 possible statuses:

  • VDI Seller agent
  • VDI Seller broker
  • VDI Seller buyer-reseller
Agent VDI

If you choose to be an agent-at-home seller, you receive your income from direct sales company for which you sell the products.

You take your orders on behalf of the company that gave you mandate. You use the purchase orders provided by the direct selling company. You have no product inventory to manage.

Your income shall consist of committees calculated in relation to turnover that you realise. Your commissions are considered BNC: titleContent on your income tax return.

As VDI: titleContent agent, you do not have to register for RCS: titleContent, or SFCR: titleContent.

Please note

if your income exceeds €20,568 in a year for 3 consecutive years, you must register for RCS: titleContent or SFCR: titleContent.

For Social Security, you are treated as an employee. This gives you social protection (health costs, sickness, maternity, retirement). But you are not entitled to unemployment insurance or compensation in the event of an occupational accident.

Vendor VDI broker

Home seller broker is a status very close of VDI: titleContentagent.

Most brokers also receive a mandate.

You sign brokerage contract with the direct selling company for which you are selling products.

So you receive 2 types of commissions : committees brokerage and committees mandate.

Your income consists of these commissions. They shall be calculated in relation to turnover that you realise.

They shall be regarded as BNC: titleContent on your income tax return.

You do not have to register for RCS: titleContent, or SFCR: titleContent.

Please note

if your income exceeds €20,568 in a year for 3 consecutive years, you must register for RCS: titleContent or SFCR: titleContent.

For Social Security, you are treated as an employee. This gives you social protection (health costs, sickness, maternity, retirement). You are not entitled to unemployment insurance or compensation in the event of an occupational accident.

VDI Buyer-Reseller

If you choose VDI: titleContent buyer-reseller, you buy the products at the direct selling company and then sell them to your customers.

You fix you resale price.

Your income is made up of margin completed. This margin shall be considered as BIC: titleContent on your income tax return.

You must be registered RCS: titleContent or SFCR: titleContent.

For social protection, you depend on SSI: titleContent. You are insured for your health expenses, your sick leave and your retirement. You are not insured in case of unemployment or accident at work.

Creating your company is a process different by chosen status : buyer-reseller, agent or broker.

FYI  

VDI only buyer-reseller shallregister at RCS: titleContent.

Buyer-Reseller VDI

Register your company to RCS: titleContent

You must apply to register your company.

This formality must be performed at least 15 daysbefore you start.

FYI  

before registration, you must achieve social domicile your business, also called head.

Where to apply for registration?

You must request:

  • Either with your CFE: titleContent
  • Either with the Registry of the Commercial Court
  • Or on the website infografe.fr

Registration in the Registry of the Commercial Court

Who shall I contact

Online submissions to commercial court transplants

Your business receives a registration number based on the location of your business.

Your commercial company is then on RCS: titleContent.

Declare your company created

You can file your return online at:

Company formalities window

You must send it to your CFE: titleContent :

Agent VDI

You can declare your activity online:

Online activity statement, modification or cancellation for professionals, creative artists and home sellers

You can also file your return by mail by completing the form next:

Declaration of Commencement of Activity - Self-Employed Individual (P0i)

You must send it to your CFE: titleContent :

VDI broker

You can declare your activity online:

Online activity statement, modification or cancellation for professionals, creative artists and home sellers

You can also file your return by mail by completing the form next:

Declaration of Commencement of Activity - Self-Employed Individual (P0i)

You must send it to your CFE: titleContent :

How are you taxed?

Buyer-Reseller VDI

Your income consists of your realised margin.

This margin shall be considered as BIC for your income tax return.

Agent VDI

Your income consists of commissions calculated in relation to the turnover you realise.

Your commissions are considered CNB for your income tax return.

VDI broker

Your brokerage fees are considered CNB for your income tax return.

Deduct business expenses

The door-to-door canvassing requires business travel.

You have a deduction (or deduction) on your taxes of 10%.

Warning  

you have no steps to do. That's the resale business which pays your dues to the Urssaf.

Depending on the amount of your income, you may or may not have to pay social contributions.

Warning  

your income must be considered before abatement tax 10% for professional expenses.

Income less than € 567 gross per quarter

You don't pay payroll taxes.

Income between 567 € and 1 512 € gross per quarter

You have to pay social contributions.

Your contributions are flat based on your gross income per quarter.

Employee contribution plan based on gross income per quarter

Gross income by quarter

Flat-rate contribution per quarter of which 33% is borne by the home seller

Equal to or greater than €567 and less than €1,134

€52 (including €17 at the expense of the home seller)

Equal to or greater than €1,134 and less than €1,512

€156 (including €51 at the expense of the home seller)

Income between 1 512 € and 5 102 € gross per quarter

You have to pay social contributions.

You can choose (with the agreement of the direct selling company) between one of the following two calculation methods:

  • Pay contributions calculated on flat
  • Pay contributions based on your real income

If you choose the calculation on a lump sum basis, the amount of that basis depends on your gross revenue per quarter.

You will find in the table below the revenue ranges with the amount of plate corresponding.

Amount of flat rate basis based on gross revenue per quarter

Gross income by quarter

Flat plate per quarter

Equal to or greater than €1,512 and less than €1,890

€662

Equal to or greater than €1,890 and less than €2,268

€851

Equal to or greater than €2,268 and less than €2,457

€1,040

Equal to or greater than €2,457 and less than €2,835

€1,323

Equal to or greater than €2,835 and less than €3,024

€1,512

Equal to or greater than €3,024 and less than €3,402

€1,796

Equal to or greater than €3,402 and less than €3,591

€2,079

Equal to or greater than €3,591 and less than €3,969

€2,552

Equal to or greater than €3,969 and less than €4,158

€2,835

Equal to or greater than €4,158 and less than €4,536

€3,308

Equal to or greater than €4,536 and less than €4,725

€3,686

Equal to or greater than €4,725 and less than €5,103

€4,064

Income greater than or equal to € 5,103 gross per quarter

You pay social contributions.

They are calculated based on your real income.

You include several mandatory elements on your contracts, including: your name and the name of the resale business, description of the goods and services, the delivery terms and times, the price and the means of payment, the conditions of renunciation for the customer.

You can receive payment from customers only 7 days after signing a contract (withdrawal period).

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