Professional answers and advice on starting and running a small business in France, e.g. auto-entrepreneur SARL, EURL, EIRL etc.

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

How I can help you

Bonjour, I'm Valérie Aston. I’m French, live in France and work as a business counsellor at the national support network for entrepreneurs (BGE) and also run this site independently since 2009.

I have expert knowledge and experience in all areas of small French businesses, e.g. set up, law, regulations, registration, costs, social charges, tax, tva etc. From auto-entrepreneur to SARL etc., I'm able to answer all your questions and advise you on any business issues.

For example, I can help you:

  • Choose the right legal and financial business structure
  • Understand and compare the options available to you
  • Calculate and minimise business taxes and social charges
  • Understand business regulations, TVA, financing etc.
  • Solve issues with RSI, URSSAF, chambre de metiers etc.
  • Understand business health care and carte vitale access
  • And much more...

Wishing you all the best,

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

P.S. My services can optimise the way your small business is set up in France - check out what my customers said.

Business blog

Advantages of starting a SARL business in France

By Valérie Aston · 05 December 2016

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 ...

Summary of changes to the auto-entrepreneur business in 2017

By Valérie Aston · 28 November 2016

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 ...

How to check and pay your French business 2016 CFE tax

By Valérie Aston · 24 November 2016

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 ...

How to sell a business in France

By Valérie Aston · 14 September 2016

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 ...

Business incorporation tax in France to be reduced

By Valérie Aston · 13 September 2016

The government in France has confirmed that French incorporation tax called Impots sur les societes, also referred to as IS, will be reduced from 2017. The existing incorporation is 15% up to 38,120 euros of profit, then ...

Buy a business in France

By Valérie Aston · 06 September 2016

You have made a decision to move to France and are now looking at ways to make a living there. Starting a new business is an option, but it involves building a customer base from scratch. This article gives you some tips ...

Business videos

Auto-entrepreneur overview

By Valérie Aston · 25 June 2013

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 ...

Business podcasts

How to set up a health cover and get a carte vitale

By Valérie Aston · 10 May 2011

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. ...

Adding an APE or NAF code to your business

By Valérie Aston · 10 May 2011

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 ...

Complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system

By Valérie Aston · 06 September 2013

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 ...

Everyone's questions

How do I close down my auto-entrepreneur business in France?

Asked by charger - 5 Dec 2016 - 3 replies
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How do I move business department in France?

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How to set up a French business to employ my US sister?

Asked by ParisCitizen - 3 Dec 2016 - 9 replies
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Taxation of business benefits in France?

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SARL or multiple auto-entrepreneur businesses in France?

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Completing CFE 2017 form?

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How do I terminate my employment to a business in France?

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Business cotisation category for a gite in France?

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How is crowdsourced money taxed in France?

Asked by Pocahontas - 30 Nov 2016 - 6 replies
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Advantages and disadvantages for branch office in France?

Asked by Pocahontas - 30 Nov 2016 - 2 replies
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Which taxes do I have to pay if I buy commercial space in France?

Asked by Pocahontas - 29 Nov 2016 - 2 replies
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What type of business registration is best to set up in France?

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How do businesses in France share costs?

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What happens to my business in France when I reach retirement age?

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CFE business reference does not match my fiscal number?

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Casual and seasonal employment in France - requirements?

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How should I start investments in case of no previous savings?

Asked by Pocahontas - 25 Nov 2016 - 1 reply
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Tax reduction or other support for new entrepreneurs?

Asked by Pocahontas - 25 Nov 2016 - 1 reply
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Do I need to have carte de séjour for creating an EURL business?

Asked by Pocahontas - 25 Nov 2016 - 1 reply
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First cotisations payment not received?

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Social charges and tax for auto-entrepreneur business?

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Joint business with two people - how to do if both have URSSAF?

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