Professional answers and advice on starting and running a small business in France, e.g. auto-entrepreneur SARL, EURL, SAS etc.

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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 72,715 questions for 3,032 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 · 324 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 · 191 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 · 4787 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 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

N de dossier and N de poste

Asked by JT Griffin · 23 Jul 2019
Business registration new

Freelance partner as owner of company

Asked by mgreenway · 23 Jul 2019
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. new

French - English Invoice Template

Asked by SB123 · 23 Jul 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

VAT Number

Asked by Anne · 22 Jul 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

Bank account, invoicing and clients

Asked by Agnes · 21 Jul 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

AirBnb, cafe and Chateau lettings - business structure and regulations.

Asked by crramsey · 19 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Non-spouse as a joint buisness owner?

Asked by Le Stylo Noir · 18 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Turnover declaration with URSSAF - which declaration box to fill in

Asked by Art · 18 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Claiming TVA back on business expenses

Asked by udosan · 18 Jul 2019 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What is my Forme juridique?

Asked by JuDo · 17 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Can a micro entrepreneur use an address domiciliation?

Asked by Yetanotherwriter · 17 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

EURL v SASU - Health Care whilst abroad (i.e. out of France)

Asked by ChelseaOM · 17 Jul 2019 · 4 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Are there benefits in being a seasonal activity?

Asked by ClareJ · 16 Jul 2019 · 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Social Security Documentation: Birth Certificates

Asked by JT Griffin · 16 Jul 2019 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Transferwise bank details on french invoice

Asked by cindyashes · 12 Jul 2019 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Add Agent Commercial to existing micro entrepreneur

Asked by SB123 · 11 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Looking to get a loan or finance for a van

Asked by Beninfrance · 11 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Requirements for classification as “meublé de tourisme”

Asked by Mrs P · 11 Jul 2019 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open


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