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 70,700 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 70,700 questions for 2,979 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

How to get ACRE social charges exoneration in 2019

Great news to start the New Year: The French Government has voted a social charges exoneration for all new businesses created in France in 2019. This means that you will benefit from lower social charges. ...

By Valérie Aston · 17 Jan 2019 · 1027 views

Watch out for RGPD scam letters sent to entrepreneurs!

Watch out for RGPD scam letters sent to entrepreneurs! Several customers have received this letter asking them to call this company, obviously trying to sell them a file to deal with RGPD ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Nov 2018 · 747 views

How to pay your CFE-IFER tax - Avis de cotisation CFE

You may have received an email from Direction Générale des Finances Publiques asking you to validate and pay your Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises (CFE). This is not a spam and you need to validate and pay this tax. ...

By Valérie Aston · 8 Nov 2018 · 1830 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

Affordable Attorney Services?

Asked by Mr Pixel · 25 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

APE - Affichage Obligatoire

Asked by StevePhill · 25 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA no. intracommunautaire

Asked by Jack15 · 24 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Selling a business in France

Asked by thestudio · 24 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

EIRL and another activity?

Asked by littleplum · 23 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Business registration open

CNETP - scam?

Asked by Flabington · 23 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Moving to France, auto-entrepreneur contracted by US LLC

Asked by austin · 22 Mar 2019
Business registration new

Form - ‘Indexation des entreprises a la taxe sur la valeur ajoutee (TVA)

Asked by EmilyBerry · 21 Mar 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Health insurance: malakoff médéric humanis

Asked by George · 20 Mar 2019 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

French Tax declarations

Asked by Tats · 20 Mar 2019 · 2 replies
General business open

What to register first as gite chambre d’hotes

Asked by Aurin · 20 Mar 2019 · 5 replies
Business registration open

Licence restaurateur, conjoint collaborator & website

Asked by Aurin · 20 Mar 2019 · 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Do I need to work for more than one client to be a micro-entrepreneur?

Asked by Jteach · 19 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can I buy travel tickets from my Business Account?

Asked by RSTD · 19 Mar 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Decennale insurance and APE codes

Asked by Flabington · 18 Mar 2019 · 4 replies
General business open

Insurance for Micro entrepreneur

Asked by Jester Wester · 18 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Fish and Chip Van

Asked by Binkybism · 18 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Trouble opening an Orange Bank account, how to access funds

Asked by RSTD · 17 Mar 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

If you want a way through the frustrating administrative minefield that is France, Valérie is THE person to help. I'm very fluent in French but there are times when you need the help of someone who understands the culture and workings of the system intimately. Everything that's ever been asked of her has been delivered without fuss and with the right result. Valérie is a truly outstanding professional and I wholeheartedly recommend her.

-Shaun Gisbourne