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 67,185 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 67,185 questions for 2,891 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

Summer break 2018

Start Business In France is taking a break for the summer from 27th July to 4th September. ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 Jul 2018 · 154 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 · 685 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 · 1084 views

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 · 2516 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 · 3938 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 · 9525 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

Conditions Générales de Vente template for services

Asked by meintheuniverse · 16 Aug 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

can’t find an alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes

Asked by meintheuniverse · 16 Aug 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Using the French bank as a reference to the exchange rate

Asked by SolexRider · 16 Aug 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

Working Abroad

Asked by Vikster · 16 Aug 2018
General business new

Going from Entreprise Individuelle back to autoentrepreneur.

Asked by PaulB · 15 Aug 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Contribution payment by net enterprises

Asked by lamaison · 15 Aug 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

social charges

Asked by SolexRider · 10 Aug 2018
Auto-entrepreneur new

S1, social charges and micro-entrepreneur

Asked by Huddersfield boy · 6 Aug 2018 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Difference between EI and Micro-Enterprise

Asked by grantemi · 2 Aug 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Microentrepreneur registration queries: activity type and l’assurance maladie

Asked by Chezgaz · 1 Aug 2018 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

A sensible business structure when offering multiple services

Asked by jackofalltrades · 30 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
General business open

Documents requested for securite sociale independants

Asked by Pumpkin · 30 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Letter from APE

Asked by Flipper · 29 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Healthcare for a dependant spouse.

Asked by Flipper · 29 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Tax return as auto entrepreneur - particulier or professionnel

Asked by illusionsperdues · 29 Jul 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Business plan sample for entrepreneur visa

Asked by austin · 29 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
General business open

Social Security Number for Health Care

Asked by meintheuniverse · 27 Jul 2018 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Amending invoices

Asked by Isis · 27 Jul 2018 · 1 reply
General business open

Testimonials

I have learnt so much from your site - thank you!

-Oanna Urwin