Our First Cours de Preparation Pour Naissance with the Puéricultrice

Today we went to our first cours de preparation pour naissance (birth preparation course) with one of our hospital's puéricultrices (children's doctor). This is an optional class that is covered by social security and I definitely recommend you taking advantage of it! We ended up being a group of about 8 women and 2 men - nice that my husband was not the only man in there.The puéricultrice began by discussing what we should expect when arriving at the hospital on the big day. I knew most of the information already from discussions with our hospital's sage-femmes (midwives), but picked up … [Read more...]

Learn French Easily with Online French Language Lessons

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to get back into improving my French. I began reading the newspaper each morning and watching more television. I wanted to start back up with my Pimsleur audio series, but I am too scatterbrained right now (last month of pregnancy) to really focus on its lessons.I came across the FrenchPod101 last week and am really enjoying it, so I thought I would share it with you. It is a website devoted to providing online French language lessons to learn French easily from the comfort of your home. It provides a variety of audio and video learning … [Read more...]

Tips for Women Entrepreneurs in France for Starting a Business

When starting a business in France, it is important to solidify your business idea, register it with the appropriate offices and find a support group. Be prepared for obstacles and be open to advice from other French business women.Finding a job in France is getting even more difficult. The headlines in our local paper a few days ago stated that unemployment has risen again. This mixed with the fact that women in France are often paid less and find it harder to move up the ladder, it is tempting to create a business than to keep trying to search for the perfect job.Here are some quick … [Read more...]

Obstacles to Starting a Business in France

It is not a secret that starting a business in France is a challenge. There was an article on CNN Money about how talented young entrepreneurs are leaving France to open their doors in more business-friendly areas, such as Silicone Valley, CA. My husband even tried to convince me that we should move to the UK!There are many theories to why entrepreneurs are leaving France, but my thoughts are it is a combination of high taxation, confusing business legal structures and cultural acceptance. … [Read more...]

Choosing a Business Legal Structure in France for Starting a Business

Choosing a business legal structure in France for starting a business is no simple task. There is so much to know about the different legal business types in France that it is impossible to fit it all in this little blog post. I will expand on each business structure in the future because this is a very interesting topic for women wanting to start a business in France.The most popular business structure for mom-trepreneurs is the Auto-Entrepreneur statute. This is the type of business I currently have, as well as my husband. To get started,  here is some basic info to get your feet wet. … [Read more...]