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 91,115 questions for 3,459 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 French Business: Join the group session in November to get control of your French business. Learn to handle your paperwork, declaration, taxes and book keeping.

Business blog

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 · 197 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 · 566 views

Register for Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur - November Group Session

The next group session of Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur starts on 30th November. This is my flagship course for new micro-entrepreneurs in France. Twice a year, I take a group of 20 new freelancers, to help them manage ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 Oct 2023 · 301 views

How to freelance as a Micro Entrepreneur in France

In this article, I'm going to give you an overview of the Micro Entrepreneur regime: how it works, activities excluded from this scheme, visas required, turnover thresholds you need to pay attention to, taxes, as well as ...

By Valérie Aston · 18 Sep 2023 · 1001 views


100 Business ideas to Freelance in France
How to Freelance in France as a Micro Entrepreneur
How to Create a Gite, Chambres or Table d’Hôtes in France
How to Manage your Micro Entrepreneur Set Up Paperwork

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

Can I receive equity as compensation?

Asked by SFSing · 27 Nov 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Change of activity refused

Asked by dazboj · 23 Nov 2023 · 1 reply
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Moved address and didn’t receive letter from CPAM/URSSAF

Asked by mszmaj · 12 Nov 2023 · 7 replies
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The 2023 CFE bill is now available - Taxe Fonciere

Asked by Valerie · 9 Nov 2023
Auto-entrepreneur new

About CFE

Asked by Petergr · 7 Nov 2023 · 5 replies
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TVA for micro entreprise profession liberale providing services outside of prof.lib. scope

Asked by Gonzalo · 6 Nov 2023 · 5 replies
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Online accountancy and invoicing software non-compliant with French regulations?

Asked by Gonzalo · 6 Nov 2023 · 2 replies
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extrait K and INPI

Asked by nageuse · 6 Nov 2023 · 6 replies
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Running a gite and camper hire business

Asked by Annabelle · 27 Oct 2023 · 3 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

TVA Query Micro Entrepreneur

Asked by Eleanorp · 25 Oct 2023 · 8 replies
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1st tax declaration as auto entrepreneur

Asked by Reneereneee · 24 Oct 2023 · 4 replies
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Stop Auto-Entreprenuer

Asked by pizza · 20 Oct 2023 · 14 replies
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Selling online courses GLOBALLY & TVA and more.

Asked by premiumturkish · 16 Oct 2023 · 1 reply
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Taking Own Plant & Machinery To France

Asked by Annabelle · 12 Oct 2023 · 1 reply
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Visa for spouse of an auto-entrepreneur

Asked by Porte Blanche · 11 Oct 2023 · 3 replies
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Update of Financial and social help to start your business in France?

Asked by sandrogynous · 9 Oct 2023 · 5 replies
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Hiring employees

Asked by sandrogynous · 9 Oct 2023 · 1 reply
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Business Plan projected income

Asked by Andy J. · 8 Oct 2023 · 5 replies
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