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 59,945 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 59,945 questions for 2,742 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 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 · 3350 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 · 1130 views

Will I get a health cover with my business in France?

Many English speakers in France wonder how the French health system works and whether registering a business in France will entitled them to a health cover and carte vitale ...

By Valérie Aston · 5 May 2017 · 952 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

How to make an URSSAF turnover declaration? And what to do if you’ve missed one trimester?

Asked by Muni · 17 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

AE plus second business or non profit association: how to get started?

Asked by Muni · 17 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
Business registration open

SARL registration in France

Asked by Corian Dave · 17 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Setting up a business - French artisan, ecommerce or even artiste?

Asked by Nathalie · 15 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Closing SASU down and opening a company in another country?

Asked by Joanna · 13 Aug 2017 · 4 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Deregistering for VAT?

Asked by Moonstone · 13 Aug 2017 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Expand a French business or become an employee with a UK company?

Asked by Jo · 12 Aug 2017 · 2 replies
Legal structure open

Changing activity as an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked by Joanna · 11 Aug 2017 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

SASU cost of payroll (taxes, national insurance)?

Asked by Forester · 10 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Change from auto-entrepreneur to enterprise individual reel simplifie?

Asked by Bobe · 8 Aug 2017 · 4 replies
Legal structure answered

Starting a gardening business in France?

Asked by Preston · 4 Aug 2017 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Agricultural holding and Business startup?

Asked by Vikster · 4 Aug 2017 · 7 replies
General business answered

Register as hairdresser in France?

Asked by Preston · 4 Aug 2017 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Which quarter should I declare turnover in?

Asked by mat24 · 2 Aug 2017 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered

Subcontract work in France?

Asked by TMM · 27 Jul 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Carte Vitale for wife?

Asked by TMM · 27 Jul 2017 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale answered

Flower seller in France?

Asked by Trance · 27 Jul 2017 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Becoming French resident and starting a gite business?

Asked by niacla · 27 Jul 2017 · 5 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered

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