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 92,405 questions for 3,504 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.

Business blog

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! ...

By Valérie Aston · 10 Apr 2024 · 1613 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

Questions during registration of an ME business

Asked by Petergr · 27 May 2024
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Micro Entreprise moving to another region in France

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Registering Micro Entreprise with “attestation de décision favorable”

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Where to mail my 2023 French income tax forms?

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Impact of Micro-Entrepeneur earnings on global tax return

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Adding VAT to invoices as a Micro Entrepreneur

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Request for payslips from L’ Assurance Maladie

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US Citizen Micro Entrepreneurs subject to US Self Employment Tax

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Tax residency for Income Tax

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Contract requirements in France with US client

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Tax brackets when combining auto-entrepeneur and salaried income

Asked by Bjork · 30 Apr 2024 · 1 reply
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2023 French income tax return - do you need to have filed your UK tax return first or not?

Asked by Mountains · 29 Apr 2024 · 2 replies
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What should I use to collect international payments?

Asked by liv.iriarte · 29 Apr 2024 · 1 reply
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American citizen who is Auto Entrepreneur in France.

Asked by Anne Maree · 29 Apr 2024 · 3 replies
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Checking a couple of things re URSSAF declarations

Asked by Mountains · 28 Apr 2024 · 2 replies
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UK Ltd Director living in France: salary and dividends

Asked by PP · 27 Apr 2024 · 4 replies
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Auto Entrepreneur surpassing revenue limit in first year

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Sub-renting studio space from one auto-entrepreneur to the next

Asked by nageuse · 25 Apr 2024 · 1 reply
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Thanks a lot Valerie for welcoming me and for your quick and detailed reply, things are much clearer for me now.