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 81,260 questions for 3,237 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

Planning 2021 for your French business

January is the ideal moment to sit down and start planning for the year ahead. Download my workbook “How to plan 2021 for your French business” to start this process. ...

By Valérie Aston · 12 Jan 2021 · 67 views

What is your word for 2021?

For the last 2 years, I have been associating a key word for the new year. This word has to summarise or define the spirit of my goals. Find out what it is for 2021. ...

By Valérie Aston · 7 Jan 2021 · 84 views

End of year business review for your French business

The end of the year is the perfect time to review your French business activity and decide what you want to do for 2021. Here are the things that I tend to look at. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Dec 2020 · 239 views

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 · 761 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

Correcting field of activity with URSSAF I getting a refund I getting funds from fonds de solidarité

Asked by Marion044 · 15 Jan 2021
Social and financial help new

First turnover declaration as a micro entrepreneur

Asked by Valerie · 14 Jan 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Setting up two businesses at the same time

Asked by JC84 · 13 Jan 2021
Auto-entrepreneur new

Regulations for Gite?

Asked by Rocheporcs · 13 Jan 2021 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Buying a contract online

Asked by thestudio · 12 Jan 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Letter from URSAFF about taxes which I don’t understand

Asked by Caspian · 7 Jan 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Health CPAM

Asked by MDC · 6 Jan 2021 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

CFE form 1447-C-K

Asked by Lotte80 · 6 Jan 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Paying CFE - I was late getting it paid and now don’t see the Payer blue box mentioned in your blog

Asked by Wuebben Design · 5 Jan 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Invoicing VAT as microentrepreneur

Asked by Piposu · 3 Jan 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Chiffre d’affaires for the month I moved to France - payment dates

Asked by English Teacher · 3 Jan 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Attestation de droits a l’assurance maladie

Asked by La Noue · 29 Dec 2020 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

Extrait d’acte de naissance

Asked by Fj321 · 28 Dec 2020 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

COVID Government Funds

Asked by BORGEYPARIS · 28 Dec 2020 · 2 replies
General business open

Guidance on closing UK Ltd to open a micro entrepreneur

Asked by Valerie · 28 Dec 2020 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA and Brexit

Asked by Marko47 · 28 Dec 2020 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Social Security registration modalities for starting a business

Asked by Fasmusic · 21 Dec 2020 · 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Set up of international consultancy

Asked by Fasmusic · 20 Dec 2020 · 3 replies
General business open


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