Whether you’re an expat, a foreign entrepreneur or a French resident, starting your business in France can sometimes seem like a complicated procedure. But if you have all the information you need to know at hand, then you’re half the way there. That’s why we’ve compiled a useful free downloadable guide with everything you need to know about how to open a company in France.

It covers everything from choosing the best locations in France for your particular business, how to write a business plan that will appeal to the French authorities and how to choose the best structure for your company. It gives you a breakdown of the different types of companies – for example it shows you the differences between a SARL (a limited company), an SAS (a simplified stock option) and an SA (a great option for bigger businesses or for those that want to set up a French branch of an existing company).

The subject of business bank accounts in France is also covered – including how much share capital you need and how long you’ll need to wait before your account is open. The guide also takes you step-by-step through the incorporation process and offers great advice on accounting, tax, VAT (TVA) and registering your business address.

For your free downloadable guide, simply sign up on the form at the end of the article. (Your details are always kept private, you have our word!)

If after reading the guide, you’re seriously interested in launching your business in France please feel free to consult our French company formation page for the next steps, or give us a call and speak to our bilingual company formation experts in France on 0033 (0) 1 53 57 49 10 or on our UK number 0044 (0) 203 445 0916. (And if you're not sure France is the way to go, we can also help you open your company in 30 other countries worldwide! Just consult our home page for more details.)

Until then, we wish you all the best with your business ventures in France and hope our guide goes some way to helping you make your decisions. Bonne chance!

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