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 71,240 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 71,240 questions for 2,996 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

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 · 229 views

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 · 1313 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 · 839 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 · 2036 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

Micro-entrepreneur + SAS

Asked by MattJazz · 19 Apr 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

TVA on services

Asked by MattJazz · 19 Apr 2019
General business new

Microentrepreneur and deductions

Asked by philip369 · 18 Apr 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

Is the SPI course still compulsory?

Asked by Kaz · 18 Apr 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

TVA AUTO ENTREPENEUR

Asked by Tiffany321 · 18 Apr 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

accounting advice

Asked by Equinera · 18 Apr 2019
General business new

Business loans for auto-entrepreneurs

Asked by louiser · 17 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Conflict of categories?

Asked by louiser · 17 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

ACRE on second business

Asked by louiser · 17 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can I legally start selling goods before I am officially a micro Enterprise

Asked by denismedia · 16 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

French Tax declaration 2019

Asked by Shadowfax · 15 Apr 2019 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Building Inspection

Asked by Poppy · 15 Apr 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

When is first personal tax return due?

Asked by ladybahamas · 15 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Closing the auto-entrepreneur regime

Asked by Axil · 15 Apr 2019 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaration of cotisations

Asked by Stephen · 14 Apr 2019 · 4 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered

Regulations on prepackaged foods

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

Scam or not?

Asked by Tournon · 13 Apr 2019 · 2 replies
General business open

Online accounting/book keeping service experience

Asked by Equinera · 11 Apr 2019 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Testimonials

I ​​was at a cross-roads with my auto-entrepreneur business when I came across the Start Business in France forum​. My ​call with Valerie gave me a big, confident push in the right direction. Valerie gives sound business advice and explains the French system in a way that makes sense. I can confidently recommend her services to both new and experienced expat business owners in France!

-Bianca Ljungberg