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 88,885 questions for 3,409 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. Group course: Fed up of doing it on your own? Join Valerie for a 3 to 4 month group course to boost your move to France. Plan your business and visa application with My French Business and learn to manage your new business with Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur.
  6. Gite Masterclass: Learn how to declare your holiday rental orAirbnb as a business or a non-resident. Finally understand the rules and taxes to decide which one suits you best.

Business blog

How to register as an Agent Commercial in France

This article is for you, if you want to register as an agent commercial in order to sell houses in France, working with an estate agent called “agence immobiliere”. ...

By Valérie Aston · 22 Dec 2022 · 197 views

Forum membership going up 1st Jan 2023

The Start Business In France Forum is the palace where you can ask me all your business questions for a full year. Since 2009, I have answered over 88,000 questions ...

By Valérie Aston · 14 Dec 2022 · 239 views


100 Business ideas to Freelance in France
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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

Invoicing in £

Asked by Jenny · 5 Feb 2023
Auto-entrepreneur new

Recieved visa and validated online…what’s next?

Asked by Luckydog · 5 Feb 2023
Auto-entrepreneur new

Is a devis obligatory ?

Asked by NZDee · 2 Feb 2023 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Auto-enterpreneur - Tax residency

Asked by T2-France · 30 Jan 2023 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Formalizing skills learnt on the job as an artisan & pros/cons of moving from Micro entrepreneur to EURL

Asked by DanRaps · 30 Jan 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

How to declare my second months income as a Auto Entrepreneur

Asked by dazboj · 28 Jan 2023 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

first tax return

Asked by Tizman · 27 Jan 2023
Legal structure new

Business structure for a freelancer in the finance sector in France

Asked by Anya · 25 Jan 2023 · 9 replies
Business registration open

Do you have any advice on completing a W-9?

Asked by DavidMac · 24 Jan 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


Asked by Sally · 24 Jan 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Explanation of memento fiscal - Vos Obligations Fiscales and VAT with UK company

Asked by oomingmuk · 24 Jan 2023 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Is an accountant needed?

Asked by Panda · 24 Jan 2023 · 1 reply
General business open

How do I categorise my activity; Product or Service?

Asked by wandering · 20 Jan 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Haven’t received my French Social Security Number after 6 months as a Micro Entrepreneur

Asked by Michelle · 19 Jan 2023 · 4 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Income tax paid at source Micro Entrepreneur (prelevement liberatoire)

Asked by bve · 19 Jan 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Legal Structure & Tax Regime for a Micro Entreprise

Asked by wandering · 19 Jan 2023 · 3 replies
Legal structure open

Pole emploi allocations after declaring micro-entrepreneur earnings

Asked by sandrogynous · 17 Jan 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Siret Number

Asked by Panda · 10 Jan 2023
General business new


Thanks so much for your advice. I have enough now to get things underway with confidence. I will contact you in due course if I have any other issues. Thanks again for a great idea and a great service!