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 85,925 questions for 3,340 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 · 801 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 · 506 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

VAT statement - non-EU clients

Asked by CLMGL · 28 Jan 2022
Auto-entrepreneur new


Asked by Carl Richard · 27 Jan 2022
General business new


Asked by Carl Richard · 27 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
General business open

Closed autopreneur and carte vitale

Asked by Red Knight · 26 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tax declaration after closing a LMNP saisonnière -meublé touristique classé

Asked by Bilbo · 26 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
General business open

Completing a P2-P4 i to close down AirBnB

Asked by Bilbo · 26 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
General business open


Asked by Carl Richard · 26 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
General business open

Is it possible to have employees as an auto entrepreneur?

Asked by PenAndSword · 25 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Business Plan template

Asked by Carl Richard · 25 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
General business open

Process to cease a LMNP (meublé de tourisme classé)

Asked by Bilbo · 24 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Invoice clarification

Asked by Wellbound Coaching · 24 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
General business open

Best company structure for shop owned by couple.

Asked by Epicerie · 23 Jan 2022 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

BNC - My first quarterly tax payment

Asked by RJS · 19 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Family Mutuelle

Asked by JeanneM6 · 19 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale open

SCI transfer.  My notaire transferred the shares and it does not show up yet

Asked by JeanneM6 · 19 Jan 2022 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open


Asked by Tamer · 16 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Business registration open

Artist registration

Asked by MDC · 12 Jan 2022 · 4 replies
Business registration open

Microentrepreneur BNC and tax

Asked by melveru · 11 Jan 2022 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open


It is a godsend having you to ask for advice!