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 85,185 questions for 3,322 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

Micro Entrepreneur overview 2021-2022

I have created a micro entrepreneur mini course for just for you! And my promise is simple: within a couple of hours this course will enable you to make an informed decision ...

By Valérie Aston · 28 Oct 2021 · 409 views

La Rentrée: back to work and business objectives

After a long break in August, if you have settled with the French way of life, it is time to get back to your objectives and reorganising your daily routine. ...

By Valérie Aston · 2 Sep 2021 · 351 views

France - Business registrations bounce back in 2021

INSEE, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies in France has recorded a strong increase of business registrations from February to April 2021 compared to 2020, with an increase of 71.2%. ...

By Valérie Aston · 16 Jul 2021 · 834 views

How to declare your gite in France

As we hit the summer season, you might have had a couple of bookings already for your French property and just realised that it should be declared in some way. Oops! ...

By Valérie Aston · 15 Jul 2021 · 1638 views

How to register your brand name or trademark in France

You are ready to launch your business in France and you would also like to register your brand or trademark. But where the heck do you start? Let me show you how to do this. ...

By Valérie Aston · 13 Jul 2021 · 1211 views


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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

Tax D’habitation

Asked by PenAndSword · 4 Dec 2021
Auto-entrepreneur new


Asked by Wellbound Coaching · 2 Dec 2021 · 2 replies
Social and financial help open

Paying tax on gite income as a UK resident

Asked by Pmrpete · 28 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

VAT register even income is still under the VAT threshold

Asked by NewbieWannabe · 27 Nov 2021 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Claiming part of my phone bill as a business expense

Asked by RobynSM · 26 Nov 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Coffee Cart for Businesses

Asked by womenmoneymakers · 22 Nov 2021 · 2 replies
General business open

Structure for new businesses on top of ME status

Asked by naturelover · 17 Nov 2021 · 3 replies
Legal structure open

Time to check and pay your 2021 CFE bill - Contribution Fonciere des Entreprise

Asked by Valerie · 16 Nov 2021
General business new

The correct website to register?

Asked by PenAndSword · 15 Nov 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

It’s time to report revenue and a few questions

Asked by womenmoneymakers · 15 Nov 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Working from a professional kitchen

Asked by Imtiaz · 10 Nov 2021 · 2 replies
Legal structure open

Closing an autoentrepreneur

Asked by thestudio · 9 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Chambre métier de artisanal

Asked by Imtiaz · 9 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA Declaration

Asked by consultant · 8 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

AE to contract for Singapore based company

Asked by Rman · 3 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Change the same work from contract to AE

Asked by Bjork · 3 Nov 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA For International Membership Website

Asked by AG1 · 29 Oct 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Owning a UK Ltd company in France

Asked by Frauk · 28 Oct 2021 · 3 replies
Legal structure open


I am very grateful that this service is available. Although my French is ok, my experience of dealing with administrative papers back home, let alone in a foreign country, was a risk I was willing to take to register a new business. Thank you very much. Coupled with joining the forum for an additional but relatively small fee is well worth the investment. The ability to ask any question and receive a prompt response has enabled me has helped me gained a deeper insight into business management and administration in France which I would have never foreseen 12 months back. It is just another important step into better integration into a new culture. I've recommended you to friends.

-Edward niembro