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 83,355 questions for 3,278 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. Online courses: How to freelance as a micro-entrepreneur, how to manage your auto-entrepreneur set-up paperwork or how to create a gite in France.
  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

6 tips to freelance in France

This is probably the question I get asked most often. Read my 6 practical tips on freelancing in France before launching your activity. Covers tax regime, health cover to bookkeeping. ...

By Valérie Aston · 9 May 2021 · 162 views

My French Business Course

In this course, you will go from feeling lost with the lack of clear information, to feeling confident, as you learn which set up works for you and follow the 6-step roadmap to create your dream business. ...

By Valérie Aston · 19 Apr 2021 · 130 views

Resources

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

Tax declaration as auto entrepreneur

Asked by MellyArt · 17 May 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA / referred TVA with customer in Europe

Asked by Pauline · 17 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Material tax on Devis

Asked by Karol · 17 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Earning over 23,000 €

Asked by Mothership · 17 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Document for opening bank account

Asked by NewbieWannabe · 16 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

SASU and Portage Salarial

Asked by Tamer · 14 May 2021 · 1 reply
General business open

SASU salary or dividends

Asked by Tamer · 14 May 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

SASU President Expense

Asked by Tamer · 14 May 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Expenses Before Registration - SASU

Asked by Tamer · 14 May 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Capital Amount Question

Asked by Tamer · 12 May 2021 · 1 reply
General business open

Micro entrepreneur - Tax & minimum turnover

Asked by KM · 12 May 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Gite Income / loss on tax return

Asked by La Noue · 12 May 2021 · 2 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Being an auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Bolly · 10 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-Entrepreneur and beyond

Asked by _Tom_ · 9 May 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Do you need private health insurance as a micro entrepreneur?

Asked by PenAndSword · 9 May 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Starting up as a ME/AE builder

Asked by ManOfFireAndLight · 7 May 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

I’m a freelance writer and an author – is there a way to register as an auto entrepreneur?

Asked by PenAndSword · 6 May 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Do I need to charge TVA?

Asked by Charlotte · 5 May 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Testimonials

Once again, thank you so much for your prompt help. You are incredibly efficient and effective.

-Simon Crowther