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 84,210 questions for 3,294 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. 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

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 · 132 views

How to declare your gite in France

As we hit the summer season, you might have had a couple of bookings already for your French property and just realised that it should be declared in some way. Oops! ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Jul 2021 · 212 views

How to register your brand name or trademark in France

You are ready to launch your business in France and you would also like to register your brand or trademark. But where the heck do you start? Let me show you how to do this. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Jul 2021 · 210 views

How to write a French invoice

You’ve registered your business, got your SIRET number and are now ready to start working and to invoice your customers. But what should you be adding on your invoices? ...

By Valérie Aston · 14 Jun 2021 · 524 views

Inspiring podcasts in English and French for entrepreneurs

I’m a big believer in the fact that you have to be open to new ideas and look for inspiration in order to develop your business. In this article, I’m sharing with you my favourite podcasts. ...

By Valérie Aston · 11 Jun 2021 · 207 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

Turnover & taxes

Asked by KM · 26 Jul 2021
Auto-entrepreneur new

US LLC - France Company Structure

Asked by Nicole · 24 Jul 2021 · 2 replies
Legal structure open

SCI reinstatement

Asked by JeanneM6 · 24 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


Asked by RAZA · 24 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
Business registration open

UK Ltd. Director, working remotely from France in my own UK company

Asked by EMaroto · 23 Jul 2021 · 4 replies
Social and financial help open

Fonds de solidarité June 2021 and July-December 2021

Asked by Marion044 · 22 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

l’assurance maladie

Asked by JeanneM6 · 22 Jul 2021 · 4 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Taxes on owner’s draw US LLC

Asked by MAinFrance · 20 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Waiting for passeport talent

Asked by MAinFrance · 20 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
General business open

New EU e-commerce tax rules

Asked by MDC · 19 Jul 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-entrepreneur with zero turnover

Asked by entrepreneur14 · 16 Jul 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

ME considering registering as artist too

Asked by MDC · 14 Jul 2021 · 3 replies
Business registration answered

Long process what is this next step?

Asked by JeanneM6 · 13 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Contract with Associations

Asked by Chevalier · 12 Jul 2021 · 3 replies
General business open

Where I can get my Attestation de situation INSEE

Asked by DevDad · 11 Jul 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

SCI struck off in courts

Asked by JeanneM6 · 10 Jul 2021 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

declaration de chiffre d’affaires form

Asked by NewbieWannabe · 9 Jul 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Upcyling furniture

Asked by louiser · 9 Jul 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered


Many thanks to valerie, have been a member for some time now and can't praise Valerie high enough, fantastic advice, thanks.