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 73,630 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 73,630 questions for 3,057 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

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 · 830 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 · 327 views

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 · 5698 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

test

Asked by Valerie · 20 Sep 2019
Legal structure new

UK Secondment + auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Fj321 · 18 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Income Declaration SNC

Asked by Snowdrop · 17 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Adding an extra service to an existing auto entrepreneur business

Asked by Pmrpete · 16 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Exemption from CFE for Artisans

Asked by Matthew · 13 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Proof of income UK/France

Asked by Rhiannon · 12 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Still waiting for permanent social security number

Asked by Nikki · 11 Sep 2019 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Defer invoices to my wife

Asked by RustyC · 10 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Invoicing and purchasing

Asked by BioPh19 · 9 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Micro-Bic as UK Tax resident

Asked by Ed · 9 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
General business open

Auto Certification de Residence Fiscale

Asked by Lou · 9 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Social and financial help open

Tables d’Hotes « ventes or services »

Asked by Alex · 7 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Accounting Software (Quickbooks, Freshbooks etc)

Asked by Alex · 6 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur answered

Domiciliation address for micro entrepreneur

Asked by Yetanotherwriter · 5 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Received payment from Transferwise / First Declaration etc

Asked by cindyashes · 5 Sep 2019 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

SCI and Micro-Entreprise integration for Gîte, Chambre et Table d’hôte

Asked by Alex · 4 Sep 2019 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte answered

Receiving payments via PayPal (what fee to declare)

Asked by Alex · 4 Sep 2019 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Food van

Asked by Durban boy · 3 Sep 2019 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

Discovering Start Business in France was invaluable. I found beginning life and work in france complicated, but Valerie made it easy. Especially offering the service for registering as an auto-entrepreneur. It was quick, stress free and one less thing to think about.

-Tamsin Chubb