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 79,785 questions for 3,206 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

How to Manage your Micro Entrepreneur Set Up Paperwork

You have recently registered a micro entrepreneur or are feeling lost with the number of letters and paperwork coming through the post. Or you registered your micro entrepreneur up to 6 months ago. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Jul 2020 · 681 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

Profession liberale to gite

Asked by Leditrix · 28 Sep 2020
Legal structure new

Declaring to urssaf and tax return

Asked by A100 · 26 Sep 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Will we get taxed in France for inheritance tax again

Asked by denismedia · 25 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Declaring a UK business with activity in France

Asked by esmel · 24 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Business registration open

Working for clients abroad

Asked by Caspian · 22 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What is my degree worth here in France

Asked by Marc · 21 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Profit from sales as a profession liberale

Asked by DoPLD · 18 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-entrepeneur and US invoices + Bank account

Asked by thanos · 17 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Arret du travail backdated?

Asked by cazzie49 · 16 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Voluntary VAT registration - Implications

Asked by DoPLD · 14 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
General business open

We want to buy a hotel but there is a manager with a 2 year contract in it

Asked by louiser · 14 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Registering as a ski instructor

Asked by esmel · 11 Sep 2020 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Ameli says: Le numéro de sécurité sociale n’est pas connu. Merci de vérifier votre saisie.

Asked by Nirtak · 11 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open


Asked by concrete · 10 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tax & social charges for gite owned by a UK resident

Asked by Pmrpete · 10 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Voluntary VAT Registration

Asked by DoPLD · 9 Sep 2020 · 3 replies
General business open

Renting rooms

Asked by roryhartx · 7 Sep 2020 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Wrong nomenclature (NAF)

Asked by esmel · 6 Sep 2020 · 2 replies
General business answered


Thank you Valerie for helpful information. This answers my question perfectly!