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 80,570 questions for 3,220 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

What is CFE and should I pay it?

You have received a CFE bill - Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises. You are wondering whether it is a scam and if you should be paying it? Here is a video explanation ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Nov 2020 · 309 views

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 · 1251 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

Number of Managing Directors for SARL

Asked by AlexC · 3 Dec 2020
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. new

Urssaf has updated its micro-entrepreneur registration website

Asked by Herobel · 2 Dec 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

ESL Teaching micro auto entrepreneur and COVID aid

Asked by Nick · 1 Dec 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

notification d’ affiliation

Asked by La Noue · 1 Dec 2020 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

How to get a VAT number as an auto entrepreneur

Asked by thanos · 30 Nov 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Living in France after December 2020

Asked by roryhartx · 30 Nov 2020 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Start arts business post brexit.

Asked by Drew · 28 Nov 2020 · 1 reply
General business open


Asked by StevePhill · 25 Nov 2020 · 4 replies
General business open

Pro bank account required?

Asked by user54268 · 25 Nov 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Is it time to change regime?

Asked by Richard · 24 Nov 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


Asked by La Noue · 24 Nov 2020 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Carte Professionnelle: Educateur Sportif: VAT exempt?

Asked by EmilyTed · 19 Nov 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Accountant Recommendations?

Asked by Ry Naylor · 19 Nov 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Change of Address for micro-entreprise/ titre de sejour

Asked by EmilyTed · 18 Nov 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Is a UK food hygiene training HACCP valid in France?

Asked by Cookie · 17 Nov 2020 · 3 replies
General business open

Miscalculated social charges as a micro entrepreneur

Asked by Caspian · 17 Nov 2020 · 3 replies
General business open

Registering account on line impôts etc

Asked by MDC · 17 Nov 2020 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Guichet- Entreprises and CFE

Asked by La Noue · 16 Nov 2020 · 1 reply
Business registration open


Thank you Valerie your site is fantastic and invaluable, I have just completed my auto-entrepreneur form with the aid of your video. I hope to be up and running in the very near future. Thank you again.

-Tanya Yates