Start Business in France Celebrating 1st year online

By Valérie Aston on 31 October 2009 · Viewed 3477 times · Questions

Launched in October 2008 to keep me busy for my maternity leave, Start Business in France has just celebrated its 1st year and is reaching an increasing audience. Over 20,000 visitors have read through an amazing 85,000 pages in this first year. Families moving to France from the UK, North American or even Australia are now finding some reliable information in plain English to help them start a business and a new life in France.

Needless to say that I am very pleased with the warm welcome I have received from existing forum members (280 members and counting) and visitors. My mind has been in overdrive over the last few weeks to search for new ways to help would be entrepreneurs moving to France, and I have come with quite a few new services, which you will discover very soon.

You may have noticed the new Phone help service. If you need to ask an expert specific questions to get over a roadblock, or would like to talk through your business ideas, concerns and issues to get you going - then please book a call. I will be taking a limited number of calls every week. I say limited, because I still have a day job as a professional small business advisor and 3 small children to look after.

Also in the pipeline are some business videos to help you with the auto-entrepreneur online registration form and explanations on what happens next. Other videos will be added on a monthly basis on various topics such as: how to set up your account with Net Entreprises to pay your social charges, how to make your auto-entrepreneur quarterly turnover declaration, etc. Send me an email if you would like to see specific topics covered.

The Auto-Entrepreneur practical eBook should finally be ready in November. I have been slightly snowed under with work recently and I have postponed the eBook publication for much longer than I would have wanted, but hey “C’est la vie”!

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to my technical guru, Lee who runs the website design company (and who also happens to be my other half), for all the hard work he puts on a daily basis to develop my site and find some great tools to make my life easier. There is no way I could have done so much in a year, if I also had to catch up with the IT skills. I am hoping that the videos will help add more practical business information, but also add some personality or at least a proximity feeling to this site. So, all my thanks to existing forum members as well as visitors and keep reading.

Valerie Lemiere: Start Business in France

About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.