Included in My French Business Course

  • Understand French Taxes

    Get an overview of the legal structures in France. Finally understand how French business taxes work and choose the right setup for your activity. All explained in plain English!

  • Templates & worksheets

    Get a business plan and financial template, worksheets, and factsheets. Tick your roadmap and checklist, as you confidently move forward towards your business registration.

  • Live classes + weekly Q&As

    With the "Group" and "VIP" access, join 3 live classes on business plan, financial plan, and legal structure. Also join Valerie for a weekly Q&A to keep being motivated.

Get help to create your business in France

My French Business Course is a step-by-step guide to help you create your business in France. Turn your idea into a business plan, check the French regulations, choose a legal structure that makes sense, create a financial plan and finally understand French taxes.

With My French Business course, you will go from feeling lost and frustrated with the French system, to being confident about choosing the right setup for you, understanding your business taxes, while having a clear path to follow up to your business registration.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to My French Business

    • Message from Valerie - VISION

    • How to use this course

    • How to make the most of this course

  • 2

    Finding your business idea

    • Different ways to find a business idea

    • Business ideas workbook + 💯 business ideas

  • 3

    Reality check with French system

    • 5 steps reality check

    • Download list of regulated activities

  • 4

    Developing your Business Plan

    • Business Overview

    • Market Analysis

    • Your Ideal Customer

    • Your Product & Services

    • Your Strategy

    • Business Structure

    • Download your business plan template

    • BONUS - Check availability of your trademark in France

  • 5

    Choosing your business set up

    • Overview : Start here!

    • Summary of all legal structures

    • Micro Entrepreneur

    • Entreprise Individuelle

    • EURL /& SARL

    • SASU & SAS

    • Bonus - My personal contacts list

  • 6

    Financial Planning

    • Financial plan - Part 1

    • Financial plan - Part 1 - Using the template

    • Financial plan - Part 2

    • Financial Plan - Part 2 - Using template

    • Download your Living Expenses template

    • Download your Financial Plan template

  • 7

    Business visa application

    • Different visas

    • Documents needed & application process

    • Using France Visa & DREETS websites

    • Filling forms Cerfa 13473.01 form

    • Micro Entrepreneur PO form

    • Renewing visa & applying for residency

    • BONUS - Visa / CDS - Letter of intention template

  • 8

    I'm in France, where shall I start

    • Extra support

    • Download your retro planning

    • BONUS - French invoice template

Who is it for?

My French Business Course if for you if:

  • You have recently moved to France and want to start freelancing or create a small business.

  • You’ve been living in France for a while and have a dream project, but you're feeling overwhelmed with the lack of clear information in plain English.

  • You want to have a clear overview of the French legal structures and taxes, so you can make decisions that suit your situation.

  • You're a non-European citizen needing to prepare a business and financial plan for your business visa or carte de sejour application.

About this instructor

Valerie Aston

Valerie is a business advisor specialised in small businesses in France. She worked as a business advisor to French entrepreneurs for 10 years, helping them work on their business and financial plans to secure bank loans and successfully launch their businesses. From one-to-one coaching to group training she helped build hundreds of business plans. Since 2009, Valerie has been helping English speakers create and develop their business In France, so they could concentrate on running their activity and enjoy their new French lifestyle.


  • How long does the course last?

    All students benefit from unlimited access to My French Business course. Students choosing the Group Access and VIP Access will also benefit from a 3 months support from Valerie with weekly group Q&As on Zoom and a private Facebook group.

  • I'm not 100% sure about my business idea, can this work?

    Yes. Module 1 of My French Business is all about finding the right idea, brainstorming, and deciding which one you will study. You will also get a PDF with 100 business ideas from other expats in France.

  • I'm moving to France in 6 to 12 months, can I take the course now?

    It's always good to plan ahead, especially if you need to apply for a business carte de sejour or visa. My French Business explains how the French system works and will help you build your project.

  • Does it cover which visa or carte de sejour are required?

    Yes. Module 2 of My French Business covers specific requirements for British citizen and non-European citizen wanting to create a business in France.

  • Can I pay over several months?

    Yes. You can pay over 3 months, whichever package you decide to go for: self-tuition, group access or VIP access. There is also a 30-days refund policy.

  • Do you have a confidentiality agreement?

    Yes. Each student joining the Group or VIP access will sign a confidentiality agreement. Any information shared for the live classes or weekly Q&As cannot be shared with someone outside the group. Valerie also commits to this rule.

  • I've never done a business or financial plan before. Will I manage this?

    Absolutely. My French Business has been designed for first-time entrepreneurs with no experience of financial planning, as well as experienced ones. Tough subjects will be covered over 3 live classes and you can ask your questions to Valerie every Friday at 2 pm (French time). Live classes and Q&As will be available in replay.

  • Can I ask some questions once enrolled?

    Yes. For self-tuition access, each section includes a discussion board where you can ask your questions. Valerie will come back to you within 24 to 48 hours. Group and VIP access also include de weekly live Q&A on Zoom and a private Facebook group.

  • Does it include a visa-application service?

    I'm afraid not. Your business plan and financial plan will be 2 key elements to include in your visa request, but My French Business doesn't include a visa application process.


My French Business course has been designed to make you move forward with your project. With MFB you will:

  • Turn your idea into a business plan.

  • Ensure your project meets French rules.

  • Get a simple business plan and financial plan template.

  • Understand how French taxes work for your business.

  • Make informed decisions to move your project forward.