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 92,630 questions for 3,509 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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By Valérie Aston · 28 May 2024 · 165 views

How to file your 2023 Income Tax in France

In this article, I’m summarising the key deadlines and documents you will need to file your taxes. Let's get ready! ...

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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

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I used Valerie's service last year in order to set myself up as a micro-entrepreneur. This along with her website was hugely beneficial, in fact without it I would not have had a clue where to start! The whole process was quick and extremely efficient, and I would recommend it to others. Many thanks for all the help.