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 65,930 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 65,930 questions for 2,863 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 · 1999 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 · 3291 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 · 8310 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 · 6204 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

Declaration on line for gite income

Asked by lisid · 26 May 2018
Social and financial help new

Document To Report Beneficiaries

Asked by Mike L · 25 May 2018
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. new

Can Australians (non-EU) set up as Micro (auto) entrepreneurs in France?

Asked by RoseyFranc · 25 May 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

SASU, now need to create entity in the US

Asked by EuroYoda · 21 May 2018 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

How to declare end 2017 consultancy payment as autoentrepreneur/chomeur?

Asked by Valley · 21 May 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Adding activities to business SIRET number

Asked by daisy22000 · 19 May 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaring a loss on form 2042C pro

Asked by Barbaraanne06 · 18 May 2018 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. answered

Appropriate Business Structure for Freelancer(s) in France

Asked by PN · 18 May 2018 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

What is involved in “taking over” someone’s elses auto entrepreneur business?

Asked by Pmrpete · 16 May 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Income tax / Impôt sur le revenu for auto-entrepreneur: Some clients outside France

Asked by DebbieB · 16 May 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

How to register as a blogger and/or teacher in France?

Asked by chef56 · 15 May 2018 · 6 replies
Business registration open

Can one person have two totally separate businesses

Asked by Nathalie · 15 May 2018 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Income tax : what box to enter chambres d hotes form 2042 C PRO

Asked by Nonpc · 14 May 2018 · 5 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

What do I provide as a VAT number if I am an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked by bizvp · 14 May 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Your feedback please: Taxation on gites and chambre d’hotes for micro entreprise

Asked by Valerie · 14 May 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

English teacher utilising DIF or CPF training funds

Asked by Chevalier · 12 May 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

New European laws about the protection of clients’ personal data GDPR

Asked by daisy22000 · 11 May 2018 · 1 reply
General business open

Micro entrepreneur social charges on rental income - 22% or 12.8%

Asked by Marylv · 10 May 2018 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Testimonials

Can heartily recommend Valerie's videos and website for anyone starting out in business!

-Karen