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 79,300 questions for 3,196 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 recently 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. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Jul 2020 · 292 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

Can you apply on my behalf for an ASPA

Asked by denismedia · 14 Aug 2020
Social and financial help new

I want to pay my Tax Fonciere and Tax d’Habitation in instalments

Asked by denismedia · 13 Aug 2020 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

TVA on sales outside of France

Asked by Ry Naylor · 11 Aug 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto Entrepreneur Collaborative Income

Asked by JonAddison · 9 Aug 2020 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Time difference between registering micro-entrepreneur and receiving SIRET number?

Asked by entrepreneur14 · 8 Aug 2020 · 5 replies
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Chambre de Metiers application form/proceedure.

Asked by user54268 · 7 Aug 2020 · 1 reply
Business registration open

A jump of URSSAF Cotisations et contribution rate : over twice as much

Asked by SisypheanTasks · 6 Aug 2020 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Income tax for auto entrepreneurs explained - Impot liberatoire versus micro BIC/BNC

Asked by Valerie · 6 Aug 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Still confused about TVA

Asked by dbdavid · 5 Aug 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Artisan auto-entrepreneur etc….reactivation possible?

Asked by user54268 · 3 Aug 2020 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Have we chosen the correct sector?

Asked by Tats · 2 Aug 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Social Charges & Taxes - Question about tax declaration

Asked by Matt P · 31 Jul 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Issue with first tax return on l’autoentrepreneur website

Asked by Lotte80 · 31 Jul 2020 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Auto-entrepreneur with CDI contract.

Asked by entrepreneur14 · 30 Jul 2020 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

not being able to register for social security

Asked by AlexC · 30 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Forwarding address

Asked by Lotte80 · 30 Jul 2020 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Trailing spouse turn micro entrepreneur

Asked by Mylly · 29 Jul 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Financial help

Asked by SolexRider · 29 Jul 2020 · 3 replies
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I spoke to you back in 2012 about setting up my auto-entrepreneur business and since then everything has gone very well. Your blog was invaluable in those early stages. Total life-saver.