Professional advice on running a small business in France

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

Bonjour, I'm Valérie Aston, a French business advisor. I help English speakers create and manage their freelancing or small business in France, so they can concentrate on developing their activity.

Moving to France is exciting: new home, new work, new culture! But having to grasp the business rules can be overwhelming, especially if you don't master the language yet.

How I can help you:

  1. Private forum: Ask me anything about your business for a year. Avoid sleepless nights and get reliable answers. I've answered about 89,360 questions for 3,421 members since 2009!
  2. Power Hour: Book a one-to-one call for advice on your business project. Get up to speed quickly, talk through your options and understand the implications of your choices.
  3. Auto-entrepreneur registration: Let me handle your business registration in France. I'll manage the whole process for you, while sending you a useful factsheet and tips to guide you with the paperwork.
  4. Auto Entrepreneur overview: All you need to know about the auto entrepreneur (micro entrepreneur). How does it work, regulations, taxes, can it work for you?
  5. Group course: Fed up of doing it on your own? Join Valerie for a 3 to 4 month group course to boost your move to France. Plan your business and visa application with My French Business and learn to manage your new business with Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur.
  6. Gite Masterclass: Learn how to declare your holiday rental orAirbnb as a business or a non-resident. Finally understand the rules and taxes to decide which one suits you best.

Business blog

Deadline : Declare your French properties by June 2023

You might have recently received an email from Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, asking you to declare or validate the information on your French properties. In this article, I’m explaining why. ...

By Valérie Aston · 22 Mar 2023 · 23 views


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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

Cotisations for coinjoint in auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Cinnamon · 22 Mar 2023 · 13 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Invoice / VAT legal mentions

Asked by Cupcakes · 21 Mar 2023 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Leaving France for a holiday…and buying a French car…

Asked by Luckydog · 21 Mar 2023 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Micro BIC - Taxes

Asked by Maison Pierre · 19 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
General business open

Documents for autoentrepreneur visa with prefecture

Asked by Reneereneee · 18 Mar 2023 · 6 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Business details

Asked by Panda · 16 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Artiste-auteur vs Micro-Enterprise and social security.

Asked by hollysz · 13 Mar 2023 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Tax on dividend income from investment portfolio taxed with the income tax scale

Asked by erixone · 11 Mar 2023 · 5 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

What form do I need to add my wife as a Conjoint collaborateuse?

Asked by Pmrpete · 9 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Do SCI’s who own “operating” gites pay Taxes de Sejour?

Asked by Pmrpete · 9 Mar 2023 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Do I need a secondary activity?

Asked by Panda · 8 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Becoming TVA registered as a auto entrepreneur

Asked by MSCD · 7 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA rate for travel planning services

Asked by Clarke · 6 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Closing micro entrepreneur enterprise, one unpaid invoice

Asked by Nmgard · 6 Mar 2023 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Freelancing for USA-based customers from a French enterprise

Asked by aubergine · 5 Mar 2023 · 3 replies
General business open

Jurisdiction and timescale for preventing salariat déguisé

Asked by aubergine · 5 Mar 2023 · 2 replies
General business open

Student to auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Reneereneee · 3 Mar 2023 · 20 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA guidance for a Micr Entrepreneur

Asked by Mark47 · 1 Mar 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


Thanks Valerie, your advice is once again invaluable!