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 88,335 questions for 3,398 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

New website to register and update businesses in France

There is a new central and unique website to register new businesses in France and to update existing ones. “Portail e-procedures” and its site will replace other official sites from 1st Jan 2023. ...

By Valérie Aston · 30 Nov 2022 · 159 views

What do I need to add on a French invoice?

You have registered your French business and you are ready to invoice your first customer. Congratulations! But what on earth are you supposed to add to a French invoice? This article shows you the compulsory information ...

By Valérie Aston · 1 Nov 2022 · 222 views

Running a French business feels like a marathon

You are one mile from the finishing line, starting to celebrate this massive achievement when you suddenly realise that there is a steep hill just after the last bend… ...

By Valérie Aston · 20 Oct 2022 · 231 views

Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur course is live

Discover Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur, a 3-month group course to help you sort, organise and get control of your French business. ...

By Valérie Aston · 18 Oct 2022 · 223 views

Power Hours moving to the morning over the summer

Many of you are taking the opportunity to think about your future move to France. Nothing like a holiday in France to do some research on your favourite area or town ...

By Valérie Aston · 8 Jul 2022 · 533 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

New SIRET and CFE 2023 form after moving house

Asked by Jenny · 7 Dec 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Reregistering a short term letting business that has been closed

Asked by truffle oak · 7 Dec 2022
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte new

TVA Charges

Asked by Eleanorp · 6 Dec 2022
Auto-entrepreneur new

New guichet entreprise website doesn’t work?

Asked by Rhiannon · 6 Dec 2022
Auto-entrepreneur new

Personal indemnity/liability insurance when living in France but working with clients in UK and USA

Asked by DavidMac · 5 Dec 2022
Auto-entrepreneur new

Auto entrepreneur registration issues

Asked by dazboj · 1 Dec 2022 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Legal information

Asked by Eleanorp · 28 Nov 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Where is my French business still registered after 2 years?

Asked by Eleanorp · 28 Nov 2022 · 4 replies
Business registration open

CFE payment

Asked by JennyWren · 28 Nov 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Acces to Assurance Maladie for President SAS and spouse

Asked by Linda · 27 Nov 2022 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Change of Address; Guichet/INPI

Asked by EmilyTed · 24 Nov 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

vente de marchandise or prestation de service ?

Asked by Clarke · 24 Nov 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

unpaid invoices by the end of the financial year

Asked by Vigipharma · 22 Nov 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

CFE first payment

Asked by Bjork · 21 Nov 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Problems registering an Auto-entrepreneur with SARLU SIREN

Asked by Multitasker · 15 Nov 2022 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

temporary address + domiciliation for ME registration

Asked by bve · 14 Nov 2022 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA registered auto-entrepreneur, profession liberale working remotely for clients outside France

Asked by Vigipharma · 11 Nov 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Royalties from USA

Asked by Crunch · 8 Nov 2022 · 9 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open


Thanks a lot Valerie for welcoming me and for your quick and detailed reply, things are much clearer for me now.