In the US, setting up a business can be pretty straightforward – you don’t have to register anything in advance if you’re a contractor or freelancer, and setting up an LLC or a corporation is as simple as filing a couple of online forms. (I have no idea how simple or complex it is in other countries).

Of course, nothing in France is that simple. Registering a business – whether you’re working as a freelancer or creating an actual company – is fairly restricted in France, and you have to jump through certain hoops before you’re even allowed to start working. 

That’s why I created this free guide just for you, which shows the 5 main ways you can work for yourself in France: 

– Autoentrepreneur

– Travailleur indépendant

– EURL (Entreprise Unipersonnelle à Responsabilité Limitée)

– SASU (Société par Actions Simplifiée Unipersonnelle)

– Profession Artistique (if you’re a creative or performing type)

I’ve outlined the main principles of each type of self-employment, why you may choose one over the other, and the type of visa you need for each one (because you need authorization to set up a company or register as self-employed in France!)

Now, I actually think these visas (profession libérale, commerçant, artisan, and profession artistique) are among the EASIEST types of visas to get if you’re highly motivated and want to stay in France long-term. They don’t require you to be sponsored by any particular company. They don’t even require you to have French clients.

They just require you to make about €1.500 per month by the end of your first year in business – and then you get a 4 year card enabling you to live and run your business in France.

Soon, I’ll tell you more specifically WHY I think these are the best visa types to get (and exactly what you need to do to qualify), and I’ll explain why you need to have an appropriate business type if you’re living in France – even if you consult or contract for companies outside of the EU.

(The answer is no, you can’t do that on a visitor visa).

Check out thefree Quick-Start Guide to French Business Types here.  Let me know if you’re thinking about starting a business in France, and what kind of work you might want to do.

Looking forward to hearing from you about your ideas!

à bientôt,


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