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 87,780 questions for 3,387 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

Power Hours moving to the morning over the summer

Many of you are taking the opportunity to think about your future move to France. Nothing like a holiday in France to do some research on your favourite area or town ...

By Valérie Aston · 8 Jul 2022 · 332 views

Why do freelancers need to add EI mention

A freelancer or one-person business in France is called a sole trader or enterprise individuelle. Since May 2022, they must indicate the mention "entrepreneur individuel" or the initials "EI" on their documents. Read on. ...

By Valérie Aston · 2 Jun 2022 · 1567 views

How to create a gite in France masterclass

Join me for a live masterclass on How to create a gite in France. We are getting closer to the summer reason and I want to make sure that you are ready to welcome your guests. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 May 2022 · 656 views

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 · 2725 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

Charging PayPal etc fees

Asked by Jenny · 7 Oct 2022 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open


Asked by Clarke · 6 Oct 2022
Auto-entrepreneur new

Impots payment query

Asked by Jenny · 28 Sep 2022 · 2 replies
Social and financial help open

Employing part-time workers as an auto-enterpreneur

Asked by T2-France · 23 Sep 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Vous êtes assujetti à la CET ?

Asked by Sally · 14 Sep 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

LLC in US | Taxes in France

Asked by Sonja · 9 Sep 2022 · 7 replies
Legal structure open

Adding an activity, auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Nmgard · 8 Sep 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Is it possible to add a commercial activity to a ME registered under Professional Liberale?

Asked by Multitasker · 8 Sep 2022 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

calculating business profit as an entreprenuer individuelle

Asked by Cinnamon · 8 Sep 2022 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Severance payment

Asked by meganfrance · 7 Sep 2022 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Chambre d’ Agriculture

Asked by SamAnna · 7 Sep 2022 · 3 replies
General business open

Import/customs on machinery

Asked by SamAnna · 7 Sep 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

tax under BNC and BIC

Asked by latwelve · 3 Sep 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Can an SCM sublet space to others who are not profession liberals?

Asked by latwelve · 3 Sep 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

L’ASSURANCE DÉCENNALE for a general builder.

Asked by user54268 · 2 Sep 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Changing from ME to SASU

Asked by rarias · 31 Aug 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Retired or not. does it matter?

Asked by Lou · 26 Aug 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Business setup with partner

Asked by Panda · 19 Aug 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


We looked at doing all our own business registration, but it was all so complicated. Thankfully Valerie was on hand to sort everything out for us. An absolutely superb business and I have recommended this to a few of our friends.

-Kimbers Chester