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 63,905 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 63,905 questions for 2,824 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

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 · 1147 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 · 2269 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 · 6773 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 · 3879 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

Still trying t make it work in france

Asked by Daygar · 18 Feb 2018
Legal structure new

Final month of Pole Emploi after Creation D’entreprise - what now?

Asked by CommsLady · 18 Feb 2018
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. new

Form 751-SD

Asked by Rosie · 18 Feb 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Gite and Chambre d’hote registered by the same person

Asked by TS · 18 Feb 2018
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte new

Auto-entrepreneur visa as a self-employed online community manager, writer and editor

Asked by riri · 17 Feb 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Is a Kbis a legal obligation for a micro entrepreneur?

Asked by allsmileslisa · 17 Feb 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

2 property owners and 1 deceased

Asked by allsmileslisa · 17 Feb 2018
General business new

Micro entrepreneur and retirement

Asked by allsmileslisa · 17 Feb 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Micro Entrepreneur and Pole Emploi contributions

Asked by allsmileslisa · 17 Feb 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Change regime from Entreprise Individuelle to Auto Entrepreneur

Asked by Moonstone · 13 Feb 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Maison and Fonds Commerce - Two Separate prices or one purchase?

Asked by TS · 13 Feb 2018 · 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Visa to migrate to France and start marketing business

Asked by iParis · 10 Feb 2018 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Extra social charges for conjoint collaborateur carte vitale

Asked by CHD65 · 8 Feb 2018 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

New media company in France: what company structure is best?

Asked by twowave · 7 Feb 2018 · 3 replies
Legal structure open

How to declare part time work in France

Asked by TMM · 5 Feb 2018 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How much should I charge as an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked by Isis · 3 Feb 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

New TVA rules applying to ongoing AE buying/selling of goods activity

Asked by MarcusD · 1 Feb 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Pool maintenance services as auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Moondarra · 1 Feb 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered


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