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Start a Business in France – Anglopreneurs Meeting

By Allisonlounes @parisunraveled

On October 25, I had the pleasure of speaking at the monthly meeting of the group Anglopreneurs, a meetup group of English-speaking business owners in Paris.

As their invited speaker, I discussed a variety of topics relating to setting up and running a business in France, and I recorded the talk to be able to share it with a larger audience.

I covered the following topics:

  • Different business structures and why you might choose each one:
    • Autoentrepreneur
    • Travailleur Indépendant
    • EURL / SARL (Entreprise Unipersonnelle à Responsabilité Limitée for a one-person-owned business like Paris Unraveled, or Société à Responsabilité Limitée for 2 or more investors)
    • SAS(U) – Société à Actions Simplifiée, with the optional ‘Unipersonnelle’ if there is only one investor
  • How to set up each business structure: the process and costs/fees involved
  • The visa or carte de séjour required to create a business in France
    • Visa types that are NOT allowed to run businesses: student, visitor, salarié, etc.
    • Visa types to request if you want to start a business, and the documents needed to apply: commerçant / profession libérale / artisan
  • Operating a non-French company in France
    • Can you set up a company in another EU company and run it from France (no.)
    • What if you already have a business outside of France?
    • What if none of your clients are in France? (doesn’t matter)

You can also download the worksheet to follow along with the talk: Anglopreneurs Meeting Worksheet PDF.

For more information, please feel free to check out the Anglopreneurs group on Facebook.

And, as always, if you would like to discuss your personal situation or ask questions about starting and running a business in France, please schedule a Pick My Brain session.

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