Professional answers and advice on starting and running a small business in France, e.g. auto-entrepreneur SARL, EURL, SAS etc.
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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. set up, law, regulations, registration, costs, social charges, tax etc. From auto-entrepreneur to SARL etc., I'm able to answer all your questions and advise you on any business issues.

How I can help you:

  • Everyone's questions: I've answered about 57,200 questions for 2,677 members. Membership is for a year and you can be 100% sure of getting all the answers, options and information you need.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Advantages of starting a SARL business in France

Société A Responsabilité Limitée (SARL) is an incorporate business or limited company in France. This type of business has its own legal entity, called personne morale. This means that the business has its own entity ...

By Valérie Aston · 5 Dec 2016 · 831 views

Summary of changes to the auto-entrepreneur business in 2017

The auto-entrepreneur business in France, also called micro-entrepreneur, was launched in France in 2009 for small businesses. It offers a simple legal structure for sole traders, who will be paying their social charges ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Nov 2016 · 3593 views

How to check and pay your French business 2016 CFE tax

Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises (CFE) is a small tax paid by all business owners in France towards local authorities. This tax is due from your second calendar year in business. For instance, if you registered your ...

By Valérie Aston · 24 Nov 2016 · 1179 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


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-Margaret Norfolk

Everyone's questions

How do I obtain proof of income as an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked by gtwa1 · 22 Feb 2017 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Has my business in France been closed down?

Asked by rosco06 · 22 Feb 2017 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Apprehensive about taking the auto-entrepreneur step?

Asked by Roshtosh · 22 Feb 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How to cancel professional business insurance?

Asked by Einstein · 21 Feb 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Change of address for artisan and info-siren?

Asked by Mimi666 · 21 Feb 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

How do I transform from auto-entrepreneur to portage salarial?

Asked by hollysophia · 19 Feb 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

If I sell homemade crafts where and how do I declare the income?

Asked by Walnut · 19 Feb 2017 · 1 reply
General business open

What business to register in France?

Asked by Mimi666 · 17 Feb 2017 · 6 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

How do I make a 2016 tax declaration in France?

Asked by nageuse · 17 Feb 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

French translations on UK invoices and website necessary?

Asked by jammydodger · 17 Feb 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Setting up as auto-entrepreneur - correct category?

Asked by dmcgui · 16 Feb 2017 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

How do I register as an artist here in France?

Asked by Bapot · 16 Feb 2017 · 1 reply
Business registration answered

Stages of EURL business incorporation here in France?

Asked by WaveyDavey · 16 Feb 2017 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

What is the best way to take payment from a company?

Asked by Roshtosh · 16 Feb 2017 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Do I need a business licence to sell on the streets in Paris?

Asked by Ajax · 16 Feb 2017 · 5 replies
General business answered

Social costs of family SARL business?

Asked by ginny · 15 Feb 2017 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How do I register as a cleaner in France?

Asked by Jakival · 15 Feb 2017 · 3 replies
General business answered