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 86,885 questions for 3,364 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. Business administration: Something is wrong with your business set up (taxes, health cover, paperwork) and you are getting in a pickle. Let me find out where the problem comes from and fix it.

Business blog

Get support with My French Business Course

I’m excited to be sharing with you the launch of my new course to help you create your first business in France. And yep, it’s called My French Business. Coming out this March. ...

By Valérie Aston · 22 Feb 2022 · 1197 views

Changes impacting businesses in 2022

Each year, the Government votes a new Finance Act with changes impacting businesses. Here's a summary of changes for 2022. ...

By Valérie Aston · 9 Feb 2022 · 869 views

How to open French bank account

This article covers how to open a French bank account, whether it's for you as an individual or for your business in France. ...

By Valérie Aston · 4 Feb 2022 · 703 views

Your Roadmap to creating your business in France

You're thinking about launching a business in France? Download my simple 6-steps roadmap to follow, in order to turn your idea into a business. ...

By Valérie Aston · 2 Feb 2022 · 740 views


100 Business ideas to Freelance in France
How to Freelance in France as a Micro Entrepreneur
How to Create a Gite, Chambres or Table d’Hôtes in France
How to Manage your Micro Entrepreneur Set Up Paperwork

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

Restaurant license vs liquor (IV) license

Asked by McBryan · 23 May 2022 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Declaring foreign savings accounts in French income tax

Asked by Franc4 · 21 May 2022 · 1 reply
General business open

Tax Return 2022 foreign income

Asked by Franc4 · 21 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Registering as a handyman

Asked by normandiehelen · 20 May 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

CFE form from impots - date de cloture de premier activitie

Asked by Tizman · 19 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

AE - How to declare for ‘sous-location’ of ‘local professionnel non meublé’

Asked by Gonzalo · 17 May 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Running a UK limited company from France

Asked by Treffamille · 12 May 2022 · 4 replies
Legal structure open

Invoicing and DES doubts

Asked by trick · 11 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Help with declaration de revenues 2021

Asked by Verdure · 8 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


Asked by Treffamille · 8 May 2022 · 2 replies
General business open

Micro entrepreneur Invoice exceeding 34500€

Asked by melveru · 7 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

NAF/APE code: principal activity

Asked by EmilyTed · 6 May 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Changes for Entreprise Individuelle

Asked by Melly · 4 May 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Book Keeper (Affordable and Bilingual)

Asked by Michelle · 4 May 2022 · 3 replies
Social and financial help open

Mistake in entering revenues as BIC throughout the year (not BNC)

Asked by smashing · 3 May 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Sale or transfer 9f business ?

Asked by normandiehelen · 3 May 2022 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Declaring a bank account on 2022 Tax Return

Asked by Franc4 · 2 May 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tool rental

Asked by Barney · 2 May 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


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