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 create and manage their freelancing or small business in France, so they can concentrate on developing their activity.

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 90,575 questions for 3,446 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. Auto-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. Auto Entrepreneur overview: All you need to know about the auto entrepreneur (micro entrepreneur). How does it work, regulations, taxes, can it work for you?
  5. Group course: Fed up of doing it on your own? Join Valerie for a 3 to 4 month group course to boost your move to France. Plan your business and visa application with My French Business and learn to manage your new business with Manage Your Micro Entrepreneur.
  6. Gite Masterclass: Learn how to declare your holiday rental orAirbnb as a business or a non-resident. Finally understand the rules and taxes to decide which one suits you best.

Business blog

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 · 124 views

Inspiring books for freelancers

As part of my morning routine, I read a few pages of a business book with my morning coffee(s). Here's my favourite booklist for freelancers. ...

By Valérie Aston · 24 Aug 2023 · 143 views

French income tax declaration SOS

We are just days away from the French income tax declaration deadline. Here are my last minute French income tax declaration SOS tips. ...

By Valérie Aston · 29 May 2023 · 969 views

Doors to My French Business course are open

My French Business Course is a step-by-step guide to help you structure and prepare for your future business in France. Turn your idea into a strong business plan ...

By Valérie Aston · 23 May 2023 · 464 views

New: Free 5-day Freelance in France Challenge

I’ve just designed a free 5-day challenge to help you decide whether freelancing in France could be an opinion for you. Read on. ...

By Valérie Aston · 26 Apr 2023 · 554 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


Asked by French12 · 28 Sep 2023
Legal structure new

Setting up camper hire

Asked by Annabelle · 21 Sep 2023 · 6 replies
Business registration open

Sale of Office Equipment

Asked by pizza · 19 Sep 2023 · 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Financing a growing business in France - SAS

Asked by Jonathan B · 12 Sep 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

French income tax vs business income tax for autoentrepreneur

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Auto-entrepreneur open

Pension details as auto entrepreneur

Asked by CaspianCommunications · 5 Sep 2023 · 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Invoicing from French S.A.S.U to another EU company – Okay with only one customer?

Asked by erixone · 4 Sep 2023 · 1 reply
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Sarl de famille: Camping site run as a family in France

Asked by Annabelle · 4 Sep 2023 · 2 replies
SARL, EURL, SAS etc. open

Micro entrepreneur exceeding the turnover limit

Asked by French12 · 30 Aug 2023 · 10 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Modify business through INPI website

Asked by dazboj · 30 Aug 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

VAT, when to start charging?

Asked by KELLED · 29 Aug 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Increasing Gite Capacity over 15 people - ERP regulation

Asked by Vincent · 28 Aug 2023 · 3 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Trying to get to the bottom of taxes on App Store app

Asked by dazboj · 18 Aug 2023 · 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

paying for a course with your micro entrepreneur training funds

Asked by Stephie_Bee · 10 Aug 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

Non Professional or Professional holiday lettings in France

Asked by LittleMountainMe · 9 Aug 2023 · 7 replies
Gîte, chambre et table d’hôte open

Training & selling online course in France

Asked by Panda · 7 Aug 2023 · 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur open

Compulsory language for French business contract?

Asked by Bear · 1 Aug 2023 · 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur open

How apply an electronic signature in INPI

Asked by Marianne · 16 Jul 2023 · 13 replies
General business open


It's such a relief to ask questions to somebody who actually knows what she is talking about.