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 91,600 questions for 3,482 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

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 · 144 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 · 1545 views

10 decisions to make to move to France in 2024

You’ve been thinking about it for a few years and feel that 2024 is the ideal year to move to France. In this article, I’m sharing 10 decisions to make to move to France.  ...

By Valérie Aston · 11 Nov 2023 · 947 views

Top 10 cities to live in France in 2023

You’ve decided to make the big leap and move to France in 2024. In this article I’m sharing a much-loved list in France called  "La liste des villes où il fait bon vivre" ...

By Valérie Aston · 27 Oct 2023 · 1422 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

Work experience recognised in France

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 21 Feb 2024 · 2 replies
Business registration open

Can I become a teacher on the CPF site?

Asked by louiser · 21 Feb 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Business name change and business plan approval for business visa

Asked by annawill · 21 Feb 2024 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

TVA for an auto entrepreneur

Asked by KELLED · 16 Feb 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Change from Entreprise Individuel to Micro Entrepreneur

Asked by Coconel · 8 Feb 2024 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Gift tax for siblings, can multiple siblings send inheritance money?

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 6 Feb 2024 · 1 reply
Social and financial help open

Is a US Trademark worth the expense if my business is in France?

Asked by Katrinna · 1 Feb 2024 · 3 replies
General business open

Where can I get a missing INSEE certificate

Asked by mszmaj · 30 Jan 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Sign up to become auto-entrepreneur without numero securité sociale

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 26 Jan 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Delay on INPI website

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 22 Jan 2024 · 2 replies
Business registration open

CFE second year in business in France

Asked by Cupcakes · 22 Jan 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Social coverages under SAS, SARL, EURL vs. AE…

Asked by jjlundgren2 · 21 Jan 2024 · 3 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Sickness cover/ incapacity payments, possible as a non-resident?

Asked by Mountains · 20 Jan 2024 · 2 replies
Health care and carte vitale open

Amending errors on old micro-entrepreneur returns…?

Asked by Mountains · 20 Jan 2024 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

VAT in UK vs France - Micro Entrepreneur

Asked by Piper06 · 17 Jan 2024 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Support for freelancers is Portugal

Asked by pizza · 16 Jan 2024 · 1 reply
General business open

Can you change from monthly to trimesterly/quarterly declarations?

Asked by Tuckshop23 · 16 Jan 2024 · 4 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Declaring two different quarterly incomes to Urssaf

Asked by LittleMountainMe · 13 Jan 2024 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open


Thank you very Valerie you are a lifesaver, I've been battling for days with that problem.