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.

Services available to you...

  1. Everyone's questions: I've answered about 56,260 questions for 2,657 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'll manage the whole process for you.
  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

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 December 2016

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 November 2016

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 November 2016

How to sell a business in France

You have decided to sell your French business and are about to put up the for sale sign. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for selling your French business and having the information requested by potential buyers ...

By Valérie Aston · 14 September 2016

Business videos

Auto-entrepreneur overview

This video 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 better ...

By Valérie Aston · 25 June 2013

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 September 2013

Everyone's questions

I've answered about 56,260 questions

Food catering in France for a UK based limited holiday provider?

Asked by Cheekypeeky - 16 Jan 2017
General business new

Translation of birth certificate for business registration in France?

Asked by ScottishPhoto - 16 Jan 2017
Health care and carte vitale new

What do I need to do to register as an auto-entrepreneur on an APS Visa?

Asked by Bilks - 16 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

How do I pay declaration trimestrielle?

Asked by HaydnJules - 15 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Cotisation foncière des entreprises 2017 form box A2?

Asked by HaydnJules - 15 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Running a catered activity holiday business in France?

Asked by ginny - 14 Jan 2017 - 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Coupling a French business association with micro-enterprise?

Asked by ginny - 14 Jan 2017 - 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

When does a new business in France have to start trading?

Asked by SueW - 13 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Should I set up a SASU or EURL business in France?

Asked by TechnicalTranslator - 13 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Routine costs associated with an auto-entrepreneur business in France?

Asked by SueW - 13 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

How do I complete my business application form in France?

Asked by SueW - 12 Jan 2017 - 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

When do I declare auto-entrepreneur turnover when set up as a business in France?

Asked by dmcgui - 12 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Translating plumber and heating qualifications into French?

Asked by Petefinny - 12 Jan 2017 - 2 replies
Business registration answered

Is a SIRET number necessary for a chambre d’hote?

Asked by NT - 11 Jan 2017 - 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Payment required to register as an auto-entrepreneur business?

Asked by SueW - 11 Jan 2017 - 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

APE codes for businesses in France?

Asked by Bea22 - 11 Jan 2017 - 5 replies
General business open

Smart ways to put business expenses through a micro-enterprise in France?

Asked by thestudio - 10 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

How do I complete form cerfa 15260*01 for a gite business in France?

Asked by p-orridge - 9 Jan 2017 - 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered