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 prepare, create and manage their freelancing activity in France, so they can focus on their customers & development.

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 92,875 questions for 3,514 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. Micro 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. Micro Entrepreneur Mini Course: All you need to know about the auto entrepreneur before your register your business. How does it work, regulations, taxes, can it work for you?
  5. My French Business: 1-to-1 coaching to turn your dream business into reality. Get Valerie’s support for 3 months to develop your business plan and prepare your visa application. Online course + Zoom call every 2 weeks.
  6. Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur: Join the group session anytime in the year to get control of your French business. Learn to handle your paperwork, declaration, taxes and book keeping. NEW :: includes 1 year support via monthly Q&As on Zoom + 1 year Forum access.

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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

Creating URSSAF account

Asked by Anne Maree · 15 Jul 2024
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Adding a gite as an LMNP to an existing Micro Entrepreneurs

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Social charges increase for Micro Entrepreneur profession liberale in July 2024

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Grants for tech start ups

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Can I expand my walking tour to France?

Asked by PeterG · 7 Jul 2024 · 3 replies
General business open

Can I start a company in France with an employee visa talent

Asked by JoeZ · 6 Jul 2024 · 3 replies
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Domiciliation - Address Change on INPI.FR

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Do I add VAT to walking tours sold online to customers outside the EU?

Asked by NewBizinParis · 3 Jul 2024 · 4 replies
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SARL VS SAS structure for Restaurant / Café

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Unpaid invoice

Asked by Clare · 30 Jun 2024 · 4 replies
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Question about income before start date, business closing and leaving France

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Ameli unable to create new account

Asked by NOVA · 26 Jun 2024 · 1 reply
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First URSSAF declaration due date

Asked by NOVA · 26 Jun 2024 · 1 reply
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Domicilation rules, costs and benefits for auto-entrepreneurs

Asked by Clare · 23 Jun 2024 · 5 replies
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Can I get unemployment benefits as an Auto Entrepreneur

Asked by Manuel56 · 21 Jun 2024 · 4 replies
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CFE Form 1447-C-SD_2024

Asked by Henry · 19 Jun 2024 · 2 replies
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Impact of Micro Entrepreneur shutdown

Asked by prairie2coast · 17 Jun 2024 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

What activity to set up as a handyman/general maintenance?

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 13 Jun 2024 · 5 replies
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I have received my letter from Insee with my business registration - many thanks for your amazing and efficient service!

-Micro entrepreneur registration - consultant