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 63,300 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.

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  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 · 932 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 · 1983 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 · 6327 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 · 3250 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

First micro entrepreneur turnover declaration?

Asked by TMH · 20 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto entrepreneur tax rates according to the activity

Asked by James · 19 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
General business open

Entreprise Individuelle or EIRL

Asked by Saratoga · 19 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
Legal structure open

How Best to Set Up Health Coverage

Asked by Saratoga · 18 Jan 2018 · 4 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

CFE Form 1447-c

Asked by mvelo · 17 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How do I offer meals and activities to a chambre d’hôte?

Asked by chef56 · 17 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Marketing a small language business in France

Asked by Isis · 16 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
General business open

Business registration in France: where do we begin…

Asked by Lightbulb · 15 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Licences required to sell alcohol at private or public events

Asked by James · 15 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
General business open

Business requirements

Asked by James · 15 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What is the Siren Status

Asked by James · 15 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Drinks licence requirements for a private event

Asked by James · 15 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

What if our apartment rental exceeds one of our primary incomes?

Asked by LittleMountainMe · 14 Jan 2018 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

We have an apartment to rent out, what would our tax implications be?

Asked by LittleMountainMe · 11 Jan 2018 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered

Should I consider a SARL or EURL?

Asked by Harresca · 11 Jan 2018 · 5 replies
Legal structure open

Maternity leave and The CAF PreParE

Asked by allsmileslisa · 10 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Social and financial help open

Questions regarding addresses for auto-entrepreneur

Asked by AlexUK · 9 Jan 2018 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How to add an extra activity to an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked by AlexUK · 9 Jan 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

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