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 85,810 questions for 3,336 members since 2009!
  2. Power Hour: 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. Auto Entrepreneur overview: All you need to know about the auto entrepreneur (micro entrepreneur). How does it work, regulations, taxes, can it work for you?
  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

Micro Entrepreneur overview 2021-2022

I have created a micro entrepreneur mini course for just for you! And my promise is simple: within a couple of hours this course will enable you to make an informed decision ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Oct 2021 · 767 views

La Rentrée: back to work and business objectives

After a long break in August, if you have settled with the French way of life, it is time to get back to your objectives and reorganising your daily routine. ...

By Valérie Aston · 2 Sep 2021 · 497 views

France - Business registrations bounce back in 2021

INSEE, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies in France has recorded a strong increase of business registrations from February to April 2021 compared to 2020, with an increase of 71.2%. ...

By Valérie Aston · 16 Jul 2021 · 1003 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

Best company structure for shop owned by couple.

Asked by Epicerie · 23 Jan 2022
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. new

BNC - My first quarterly tax payment

Asked by RJS · 19 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Family Mutuelle

Asked by JeanneM6 · 19 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

SCI transfer.  My notaire transferred the shares and it does not show up yet

Asked by JeanneM6 · 19 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


Asked by Tamer · 16 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Artist registration

Asked by MDC · 12 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Microentrepreneur BNC and tax

Asked by melveru · 11 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Changing departments, business registration

Asked by beauzelle · 11 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

bank account usage

Asked by Anna I M · 11 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Going from employed to micro-entrepreneur or enterprise individuelle & when to start

Asked by melveru · 10 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Legal structure open

cotisation fonciere des entreprises 2022

Asked by StormyA · 10 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Copy of example cerfa 1447-C-SD

Asked by Verdure · 8 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Updating CFE Guidance to 2021-22

Asked by chrisdwells_ · 4 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Am I entitled to tax relief as a Micro-entrepreneur

Asked by Imtiaz · 4 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Cotisation Fonciére des enterprise 2022

Asked by Imtiaz · 4 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Help to complete CFE 1447-C-K

Asked by GemmaAG · 4 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Qonto | Online banks | TVA-liable auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Sonja · 3 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Closing auto entrepreneur 2022

Asked by Charlotte · 3 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open


Thank you Valerie for helpful information. This answers my question perfectly!