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 68,560 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 68,560 questions for 2,919 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

Watch out for RGPD scam letters sent to entrepreneurs!

Watch out for RGPD scam letters sent to entrepreneurs! Several customers have received this letter asking them to call this company, obviously trying to sell them a file to deal with RGPD ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Nov 2018 · 30 views

How to pay your CFE-IFER tax - Avis de cotisation CFE

You may have received an email from Direction Générale des Finances Publiques asking you to validate and pay your Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises (CFE). This is not a spam and you need to validate and pay this tax. ...

By Valérie Aston · 8 Nov 2018 · 371 views

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 · 1759 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 · 2032 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

Which regime?  My turnover is likely to be 150000€ - Costs high 112,000€

Asked by denismedia · 16 Nov 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Social Security number + PreviFrance

Asked by Australia123 · 13 Nov 2018 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Can I offer qualified trades as a sarl?

Asked by Chubbles · 13 Nov 2018 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

What is a ‘releve annuel de la CAF ou de la MSA’ and an ‘Avis d’imposition’?

Asked by ChezNous · 12 Nov 2018 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Micro entrepreneur quarterly turnover declaration

Asked by SolexRider · 8 Nov 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Déclaration Sociale des Indépendants & LMNP

Asked by esmel · 8 Nov 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Currently an Artisan under Micro / Auto entrepreneur and will start a side business in 2019

Asked by Nick · 7 Nov 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Registering a sawmill…professional qualifications?

Asked by ClareJ · 2 Nov 2018 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Does the TVA threshold count social charges?

Asked by Axil · 1 Nov 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Tax categories on net-entreprise

Asked by Durban boy · 1 Nov 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Implications of adding different services to existing micro entrepreneur

Asked by Jules · 29 Oct 2018 · 5 replies
Legal structure open

At what turnover point do you start paying social charges as an Auto entrepreneur

Asked by denismedia · 29 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

S1 holder to become auto entrepreneur. What happens to family health cover?

Asked by denismedia · 29 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Rules regarding electronic invoicing

Asked by thestudio · 28 Oct 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

First year tax benefits

Asked by Lightbulb · 28 Oct 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Car registration

Asked by Durban boy · 26 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Amount of auto-entrepreneur businesses

Asked by Durban boy · 26 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

First year end micro entrepreneur

Asked by Rosie · 25 Oct 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

Your website and help has been a blessing. Thank you and keep up your good work.

-Pete and Deborah