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 73,825 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 73,825 questions for 3,062 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

Using a domiciliation address for your French business address

When registering a business in France, you will have to give a business address, which for most entrepreneurs would be their home address. What happens if you are renting or want to keep your address private? ...

By Valérie Aston · 22 Sep 2019 · 168 views

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 · 1083 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 · 368 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

Opening Business for under age 25 years old

Asked by ALBALOCHI · 13 Oct 2019
Business registration new

Issue with addition of activity

Asked by Poppy · 10 Oct 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

first declaration- auto entrepreneur

Asked by Nikki · 10 Oct 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

New business or French branch

Asked by Kettle · 9 Oct 2019 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Declaring income tax for 2019 etc

Asked by cindyashes · 8 Oct 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tax fonciere on rural gite

Asked by EmilyBerry · 8 Oct 2019 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

have a social security number but failed to register and get a carte vitale

Asked by JW · 7 Oct 2019 · 5 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Which comes first, bank account or enterprise?

Asked by Dragons Barn · 6 Oct 2019 · 2 replies
Business registration open

I need to buy professional indemnity and public liability insurance

Asked by Franceypants · 4 Oct 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaring foreign earned income in France

Asked by Franceypants · 4 Oct 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA & VAT for profession liberale AE

Asked by Communicator · 1 Oct 2019 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Making first micro entrepreneur declaration

Asked by SB123 · 1 Oct 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Have I been Incorrectly attached to the wrong social regime - régime des salariés instead of TNS?

Asked by simonc · 1 Oct 2019 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Private transfers - VPR

Asked by Flabington · 30 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Form POi for gite

Asked by bouve · 28 Sep 2019 · 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Income tax status confirmation

Asked by simonc · 27 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaring unpaid invoice

Asked by T2-France · 26 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

test

Asked by Valerie · 20 Sep 2019
Legal structure new

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