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 83,840 questions for 3,288 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

How to write a French invoice

You’ve registered your business, got your SIRET number and are now ready to start working and to invoice your customers. But what should you be adding on your invoices? ...

By Valérie Aston · 14 Jun 2021 · 194 views

Inspiring podcasts in English and French for entrepreneurs

I’m a big believer in the fact that you have to be open to new ideas and look for inspiration in order to develop your business. In this article, I’m sharing with you my favourite podcasts. ...

By Valérie Aston · 11 Jun 2021 · 92 views

6 tips to freelance in France

This is probably the question I get asked most often. Read my 6 practical tips on freelancing in France before launching your activity. Covers tax regime, health cover to bookkeeping. ...

By Valérie Aston · 9 May 2021 · 493 views

Resources

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

SCI form online 2072 with no income…

Asked by JeanneM6 · 24 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Checking activities covered by SIRET registration

Asked by LouD · 23 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Visa Talent / Business Creator

Asked by Tamer · 20 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
General business open

Charging TVA to a UK company

Asked by DebbieY · 20 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

how do I charge for sold goods?

Asked by Verdure · 19 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

VAT question for French ME invoicing UK digital business

Asked by louiser · 18 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

VAT new regulation for EU client from 1st July 2021 ISS - IOSS?

Asked by NewbieWannabe · 17 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
General business open

Changing bank details

Asked by Caspian · 17 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Devis formats - Tax Charges for materials and how they appear on a Devis

Asked by ManOfFireAndLight · 15 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

AE: VAT threshold and EU reverse charge

Asked by _Tom_ · 15 Jun 2021 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Questionnaire relatif for SIE

Asked by NewbieWannabe · 12 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

AutoEntrepreneur to Portage Salarial

Asked by Santoshi · 12 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Switching from entrepreneur to SAS

Asked by entrepreneur14 · 12 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

AE first declaration questions

Asked by StormyA · 10 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Threshold limit

Asked by Karol · 9 Jun 2021 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Closure of SASU and personal tax declaration

Asked by blavatsky · 8 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Best way to charge a customer according to the auto-entrepreneur system.

Asked by entrepreneur14 · 5 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Tax lodgement

Asked by KM · 3 Jun 2021 · 1 reply
General business open

Testimonials

The service I received was first class. Efficient, fast, helpful and took all the hassle out of what otherwise would have have been a complicated process, particularly as I am not a fluent French speaker. Thank you very much!

-Simon