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 70,075 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 70,075 questions for 2,965 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 · 726 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 · 643 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 · 1572 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 with limited liability and no professional bank account

Asked by denismedia · 23 Feb 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

Spending for AE before I have bank account set up

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019
Auto-entrepreneur new

What information must I publish on my website?

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019
General business new

Receiving money in USD then converted into EUR - how to account for this?

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

licence to serve afternoon tea to the public

Asked by Kiki · 21 Feb 2019
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte new

Photographer Taxation

Asked by Paul D · 21 Feb 2019 · 2 replies
General business open

ACRE social charges exoneration

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto Entrepreneur insurance

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaring auto entrepreneur income

Asked by green · 21 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
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Record Keeping for an auto entrepreneur

Asked by green · 20 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Charging TVA for overseas clients

Asked by RSTD · 20 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Confusion with principal activitie

Asked by green · 20 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Bank accounts and tax returns

Asked by green · 20 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Gap between UK EHIC and French cover - what to do?

Asked by green · 20 Feb 2019 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Questionnaire relatif à l’activité professionnelle (SIE)

Asked by green · 20 Feb 2019 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Penalty For Late Declaration and Possible Relief Measures

Asked by ed1002 · 17 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Stay UK Tax Resident with Auto Entrepreneur ?

Asked by Kiki · 17 Feb 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

CDI ended how long will my health cover be valid for from the MSA

Asked by alison · 15 Feb 2019 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

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