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 68,240 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 68,240 questions for 2,916 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

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 · 1269 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 · 1656 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 · 2894 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 · 4395 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 · 10018 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

At the moment I have a temporary social security number via an S1

Asked by denismedia · 16 Oct 2018
Health care and carte vitale new

When do I legally have to declare myself a micro entrepreneur.

Asked by denismedia · 16 Oct 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Opening a restaurant in France

Asked by Durban boy · 15 Oct 2018 · 2 replies
General business open

UK Limited company requirement for legal entity in France?

Asked by esmel · 11 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Employee plus micro entrepreneur?

Asked by Leditrix · 9 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Reimbursement Feuille De Soins

Asked by thestudio · 9 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Regional variations when setting up as new micro entrepreneur

Asked by jackofalltrades · 9 Oct 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Joining Chambre de Metiers and URSSAFs’ directories - best way to do it and cost

Asked by jackofalltrades · 8 Oct 2018 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Expenses and third party costs

Asked by EmbeddedAT · 8 Oct 2018 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What if I’m bad at my micro entrepreneur business but still have income?

Asked by Leditrix · 8 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Changing from student visa to employee visa in France

Asked by ALBALOCHI · 6 Oct 2018 · 5 replies
Legal structure open

Can two micro entrepreneurs run one business?

Asked by Leditrix · 5 Oct 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Opening SASU in addition to Auto-Entrepreneur in France

Asked by thestudio · 4 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

French Definition of Spouse

Asked by ste_vp · 3 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

AE closure and lose Carte Vitale

Asked by Tiffany321 · 3 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Auto Entrepreneur closure and lose Carte Vitale

Asked by Tiffany321 · 3 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

structure for running a hotel in France

Asked by littleplum · 3 Oct 2018 · 2 replies
Legal structure answered

TVA B2B in the EU

Asked by MattJazz · 3 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


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