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 65,120 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 65,120 questions for 2,848 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 · 1636 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 · 2844 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 · 7642 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 · 5211 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 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

Trouble with Impots website

Asked by TMM · 22 Apr 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Capital gains (plus value)

Asked by Red Knight · 21 Apr 2018
General business new

Change of address auto entrepreneur

Asked by Lavender · 20 Apr 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Link to online form P0 CMB for new micro-entreprise registration (commercial activity)

Asked by ChezNous · 20 Apr 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can two auto entrepreneurs have the same business services

Asked by Harresca · 18 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Next steps after receiving French business SIREN/SIRET number

Asked by Raptor · 18 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-entrepreneur turnover declaration and online marketplaces

Asked by MarcusD · 18 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Supplementing an auto-entrepreneur income with online work

Asked by mat24 · 17 Apr 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Costs involved in renting business premises in France

Asked by Isis · 17 Apr 2018 · 3 replies
Social and financial help open

Completing form Cerfa 11921*04 to register LMNP

Asked by esmel · 16 Apr 2018 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Error changing auto-entrepreneur business address

Asked by Isis · 16 Apr 2018 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Micro-Entrepreneur and SASU at the same time?

Asked by ed1002 · 14 Apr 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What is required for starting a small business for baked goods?

Asked by mat24 · 13 Apr 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

micro-entrepreneur & conjoint collaborateur for chambres d’hotes

Asked by Haworth · 12 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Clarification auto-entrepreneur and non profit association income

Asked by HDC · 11 Apr 2018 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Renting out principal residence in France over the summer

Asked by notebook · 11 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Secondery Activities to existing chambre d’hôtes

Asked by EmbeddedAT · 11 Apr 2018 · 10 replies
Business registration open

Tax return form for microentrepreneur with no turnover

Asked by Chezgaz · 10 Apr 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


I can recommend the phone help service which saved me a lot of time and money. My partner has now received his SIRET number from the local impots office.