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 92,040 questions for 3,494 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 · 182 views

5 Missions to do once you moved to France

In this article, I'm sharing with you five missions to accomplish once you've moved to France. Make sure you save this article if you are in the process of moving to France. ...

By Valérie Aston · 12 Feb 2024 · 571 views

2024 Changes in France for Expats

List of changes in France on 1st Jan 2024 and how it may impact you and your business. Minimum wage, income tax, gites. Read on ...

By Valérie Aston · 17 Jan 2024 · 3136 views


French Business 101
100 Business ideas to Freelance in France
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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

Legal mentions for overseas invoicing (World excluding EEA)

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Insurance for Business

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Have not heard from CPAM

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Income tax and Micro Entrepreneur tax

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Is bookkeeping necessary for a micro entrepreneur?

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Declaring TVA when below threshold and only dealing with non-French companies

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Invoice number/identifier

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Legalitys for airbnb in France

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Do I include TVA when doing my monthly URSSAF declaration

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Are auto-entrepreneurs able to claim chomage with Pole Emploi?

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Steps for purchasing and running a hotel restaurant in France as a foreigner?

Asked by harrison · 4 Apr 2024 · 1 reply
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Can a British citizen work in France, with a work permit, during their Schengen days?

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 4 Apr 2024 · 3 replies
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Can I change from a Student visa to a freelance visa in France

Asked by lechienbohème · 3 Apr 2024 · 4 replies
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Income tax at source Micro Entrepreneur - versement liberatoire de l’impot sur le revenu

Asked by CastawayInLaReunion · 3 Apr 2024 · 4 replies
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French Business 101 Webinar - Making Choices & Understanding Taxes

Asked by Valerie · 2 Apr 2024
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Mobile Food Cart needs Health Inspection? DDPP - DSV

Asked by Bernie_NZ · 30 Mar 2024 · 2 replies
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How does French income tax works - impot sur le revenu 2024

Asked by Valerie · 29 Mar 2024
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What address do I send my documents to in response to the L’assurance Maladie

Asked by Anne Maree · 28 Mar 2024 · 3 replies
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