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 67,790 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 67,790 questions for 2,908 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

Summer break 2018

Start Business In France is taking a break for the summer from 27th July to 4th September. ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 Jul 2018 · 329 views

Should I come out of the auto entrepreneur regime?

The auto entrepreneur or micro-enterprise scheme allows for simplified registration. Based on your business development, you may consider switching to a different regime. ...

By Valérie Aston · 25 Jun 2018 · 1007 views

How does health cover work for entrepreneurs in France

Registering a business in France will entitle you to a health coverage, provided it is your main activity. A French social security number will be created for you. ...

By Valérie Aston · 6 May 2018 · 1410 views

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 · 2744 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 · 4225 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 · 9814 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

Which legal structure for a Sailmaking business in France

Asked by KirstyB · 20 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Legal structure open

Hosting language students - is chambre d’hôte best structure?

Asked by James in France · 20 Sep 2018 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Who do I contact for a change of address and to register for an extra actvity code?

Asked by bizvp · 19 Sep 2018 · 2 replies
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Difference between Auto/Micro-Entrepreneur and Entreprise Individuelle?

Asked by ed1002 · 18 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Co-joints or separate micro entrepreneurs?

Asked by Hammy · 17 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
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How to deal with home agencies given that they ask bulletin de salaire?

Asked by Axil · 17 Sep 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Clients in the EU and TVA shifted to recipient

Asked by Axil · 17 Sep 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Transition from UK to France

Asked by kevchx · 14 Sep 2018 · 2 replies
Social and financial help open

Income tax paid at source: prélèvement à la source impôt sur le revenu

Asked by esmel · 13 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Author also running writing workshops

Asked by alexthepink · 13 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Legality of leaving a pool unattended with just a pool alarm.

Asked by denismedia · 13 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

How large an extension are we allowed

Asked by denismedia · 13 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Activites as part of micro-entrepreneur: artist and gite

Asked by ClareJ · 12 Sep 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Received a blank CFE form from the tax office

Asked by Raptor · 12 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Cannot access URSSAF account

Asked by SolexRider · 11 Sep 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can you set up one micro enterprise covering both gite and chambres d’hotes businesses?

Asked by David_s · 10 Sep 2018 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Legal structures for small scale farm and holiday accomodation

Asked by Sonic33 · 9 Sep 2018 · 1 reply
Legal structure open

Moving from UK to France and Managing our Tax Liabilities Properly

Asked by Sonic33 · 9 Sep 2018 · 2 replies
Social and financial help answered

Testimonials

Valerie provides an excellent service and always responds very quickly with very sensible advice. Many, many thanks.

-Rusty Hanlon