Professional answers and advice on starting and running a small business in France, e.g. auto-entrepreneur SARL, EURL, SAS etc.

I've answered about 61,915 questions since 2009.

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

Bonjour, I'm Valérie Aston. I’m French, live in France and work as a senior business counsellor at the national support network for entrepreneurs (BGE) and run this site independently since 2009.

I have expert knowledge and experience in all areas of small businesses in France, e.g. business set up, law, regulations, registration, costs, social charges, tax etc. From auto-entrepreneur, SARL, EURL, SAS etc., I'm able to answer all your questions and advise you on any business issues.

How I can help you:

  1. Everyone's questions: I've answered about 61,915 questions for 2,793 members. Membership is for a year and you can be 100% sure of getting all the answers, options and information you need.
  2. Helpline: This is a one to one service that covers a lot of ground. It's for when you want to get up to speed quickly, to talk through your options in-depth and fully understand the implications of your choices.
  3. Auto-entrepreneur business registration: I can register a business for you in France. You'll be registered quickly, correctly and with no errors to hold back your business. I manage the whole process.
  4. Business administration: After registering a business in France there are administration services that must be done and quite often registration problems chased and corrected. I can do this for you.

Wishing you all the best,

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

Business blog

Business incorporation tax reduced in France from 33% to 25%

Business incorporation tax in France called Impot sur les Sociétés will be reduced from 2018. Based on his election campaign, President Emmanuel Macron will steadily decrease the incorporation tax in France from ...

By Valérie Aston · 7 Sep 2017 · 566 views

New measures to boost small businesses in France

The French government will be presenting its plan for small businesses in Dijon on 5th September 2017. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce key measures to boost small businesses in France. ...

By Valérie Aston · 4 Sep 2017 · 1445 views

Business owners in France: RSI to be dissolved on 1 January 2018

Regime Social des Indépendants (RSI), the body collecting and handling social charges for artisans and commerçant in France will be dissolved on 1st January 2018. This will affect business owners in France. ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Jun 2017 · 4604 views

Do I need a visa to start a business in France?

The good news is that members of the European Union do not require any visa or titre de sejour in order to start a business in France. Things are slightly different for non European members ...

By Valérie Aston · 18 May 2017 · 2301 views

Business videos

How to create your business account with Net Entreprises

This video gives you a step-by-step guide to create your business account on Net-Entreprises.fr. When your account is set-up, you will be able to login within 48 hours to make your auto-entrepreneur turnover declaration. ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 Jan 2011

Business podcasts

How to set up a health cover and get a carte vitale

This podcast explains how to set up a health cover and how to get a carte vitale for entrepreneurs. Find out how your carte vitale will be issued and answers to popular questions on health cover. ...

By Valérie Aston · 10 May 2011

Adding an APE or NAF code to your business

This podcast discusses the implications of adding an extra APE or NAF activity code to your current business and how to do it. Adding an extra APE activity code can be done for an auto-entrepreneur, an entreprise ...

By Valérie Aston · 10 May 2011

Complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system

This podcast, which is 44 minutes long, will give you a complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system. It's perfect if you're starting a business in France as an auto-entrepreneur, or you're registered and want a ...

By Valérie Aston · 6 Sep 2013

Everyone's questions

Initial process for accessing French healthcare / carte vitale.

Asked by Jakeyboy · 23 Nov 2017 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Adding health beneficiaries onto a micro entrepreneur: Ayant droit rights

Asked by Fudgie · 23 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Becoming an auto entrepreneur under Régime fiscal micro - What does this mean exactly?

Asked by Isis · 21 Nov 2017 · 4 replies
Business registration open

Giving your bank account access to your accountant?

Asked by Joanna · 21 Nov 2017 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Claiming materials costs as an auto entrepreneur

Asked by msl · 20 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can an auto-entrepreneur import goods?

Asked by Muni · 20 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

SCI property purchase

Asked by alex_d · 16 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

EDF and ENDIS

Asked by RorySouth · 15 Nov 2017 · 2 replies
General business answered

CGT again

Asked by missychrissy · 14 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Cotisation foncière des enterprises

Asked by TMM · 14 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Closing a business down

Asked by missychrissy · 14 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Selling a French SARL

Asked by missychrissy · 14 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

SAS or SARL Capital Gains Tax

Asked by missychrissy · 13 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Follow on question re carte vitale after closing auto entrepreneur.

Asked by Dannyboy · 12 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur midway in the year knowing the law might change.

Asked by p_smith · 10 Nov 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA for overseas clients?

Asked by Jo · 9 Nov 2017 · 8 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Getting a mortgage as an auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Isis · 8 Nov 2017 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Closing down auto entrepreneur and carte vitale

Asked by Dannyboy · 8 Nov 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

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