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 73,155 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 73,155 questions for 3,049 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

Tips to open a cafe or tea shop in France

Many people dream of moving to France and opening a small cafe or adding a café or tea shop to a gite and chambre d'hotes site. There are a few things that you will need to consider to open a café in France ...

By Valérie Aston · 2 Jul 2019 · 571 views

Site upgrade on 30th May to 1st June

Start Business In France will go through an upgrade on 30th May to 1st June. This may impact on the availability of the forum on that day. ...

By Valérie Aston · 29 May 2019 · 268 views

French income tax declaration: deadlines for 2019

The French tax office has started posting Impot sur le revenu forms from 29th March to French tax residents. Don’t worry if you have not received your copy yet, as it takes a couple of weeks to arrive. ...

By Valérie Aston · 10 Apr 2019 · 5330 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

How Many Tax Numbers?

Asked by ladybahamas · 23 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

ME registration - timing

Asked by HoJo1 · 23 Aug 2019
Business registration new

Paying the first contribution to URSSAF

Asked by Florin · 23 Aug 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

Deductions

Asked by BioPh19 · 22 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Didn’t realise I exceeded the TVA threshold, now what?

Asked by PaulD · 22 Aug 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Registered as auto entrepeneur in January…not heard anything more

Asked by Rhiannon · 19 Aug 2019 · 6 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Jeune entreprise innovante - innovative start ups

Asked by TomerT · 19 Aug 2019 · 2 replies
General business open

Closing a Ltd company in UK and buying the assets into French company

Asked by takemonday · 19 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Television Production work in UK, resident in France

Asked by takemonday · 19 Aug 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Changing my Business Type micro entrepreneur

Asked by ddhh88 · 19 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Best Business Visa for Australians

Asked by BelleMasion · 19 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

How would I go about setting up a business to offer Long Term rentals?

Asked by Pmrpete · 15 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Husband joining business

Asked by Anne · 14 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

UK Citizens preparing for No Deal Brexit

Asked by Mike and Leanne · 14 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Adding activity on URSSAF as auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Poppy · 13 Aug 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can we offer special events at our Chateau

Asked by Mrs P · 13 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Carte Vitale application

Asked by Tats · 12 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

First declaration and claiming business expenses

Asked by Agnes · 12 Aug 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

Thank you, I think your initiative is fantastic Valerie!

-Jacqui Garcin