Professional advice on running a small business in France

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

Bonjour, I'm Valérie Aston, a French business advisor. I help English speakers create and manage their freelancing or small business in France, so they can concentrate on developing their activity.

Moving to France is exciting: new home, new work, new culture! But having to grasp the business rules can be overwhelming, especially if you don't master the language yet.

How I can help you:

  1. Private forum: Ask me anything about your business for a year. Avoid sleepless nights and get reliable answers. I've answered about 78,625 questions for 3,185 members since 2009!
  2. Helpline: Book a one-to-one call for advice on your business project. Get up to speed quickly, talk through your options and understand the implications of your choices.
  3. Auto-entrepreneur registration: Let me handle your business registration in France. I'll manage the whole process for you, while sending you a useful factsheet and tips to guide you with the paperwork.
  4. Online courses: How to freelance as a micro-entrepreneur, how to manage your auto-entrepreneur set-up paperwork or how to create a gite in France.
  5. Business administration: Something is wrong with your business set up (taxes, health cover, paperwork) and you are getting in a pickle. Let me find out where the problem comes from and fix it.

Business blog

How to Manage your Micro Entrepreneur Set Up Paperwork

You have currently registered a micro entrepreneur or are feeling lost with the number of letters and paperwork coming through the post. Or you registered your micro entrepreneur up to 6 months ago, but are wondering if ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Jul 2020 · 2 views


100 Business ideas to Freelance in France
How to Freelance in France as a Micro Entrepreneur
How to Create a Gite, Chambres or Table d’Hôtes in France
How to Manage your Micro Entrepreneur Set Up Paperwork

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

gerant location

Asked by AlexC · 13 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Looking at SARL or sole entrepreneur options in relation to tax and social charges

Asked by Jan@Kith · 12 Jul 2020 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

VAT / TVA Registration

Asked by JT Griffin · 11 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-entepreneur and USA

Asked by thanos · 9 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Visa change when operating business full-time

Asked by swaythe · 8 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
General business open

Starting a business in France after December 31st

Asked by CarolineB · 7 Jul 2020 · 3 replies
General business open

SARL business takeover

Asked by Kateinthealps · 7 Jul 2020 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Sick leave for Profession Liberale

Asked by Teacher · 5 Jul 2020 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale answered

Gite business structure?

Asked by LeRhun · 4 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Legal structure open

Auto-entrepreneur - combining activity types

Asked by JC84 · 2 Jul 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Registering two business activities

Asked by HeatherF · 2 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tax Residence of Company if Managing Director lives in France

Asked by Yli06 · 2 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Legal structure open

Cotisations rates

Asked by Marko47 · 1 Jul 2020 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Selling my business

Asked by thestudio · 1 Jul 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Registering for anti-money laundering

Asked by Martin · 1 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Business registration open

First URSSAF tax return for life coach

Asked by Lotte80 · 30 Jun 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Exchange rate for cotisations

Asked by Marko47 · 30 Jun 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Service à la personne SAP

Asked by Chevalier · 28 Jun 2020 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered


Thanks for helping me navigate the bureaucracy involved in starting my auto-entrepreneur business here in France. I realised the value of your services when one agency involved in the process failed to pass on my details to another agency. You got me out of this ‘Catch 22’, and I now have my business registered and a social security number.

-Richard Spooner