About us

France Made Easy was established in 2012 by Heather Tombs, who has lived in France since 2001. Having previously lived in UK and Ireland, brought up four children and worked as an employee in France, she saw the need for a service to help others moving to France, settling in and starting and running their own business.

Heather also translates websites, legal documents, academic research papers, theses etc. and represents companies from elsewhere in the EU during contracts where they have workers posted in France.

Clients include private individuals and families, UK, French and European companies, universities, the CNRS and the French gendarmerie and courts.

Moving to France

Whether you are just thinking about moving to France or have already made the decision, Heather can help. You'll need to think about:

Which area of France to live in Whether you prefer a rural or a town or city
Whether to rent initially or to purchase property immediately
Employment prospects in your chosen area
Schools, if you have children
Services and activities if you're retired
Social life in the area
Learning or improving your French
Finding a notaire if you're buying
Opening a bank account
Setting up services contracts when you move in

Living in France

Once you have found and settled into your new home in France, set up your services contracts and settled in, you'll need to do some or all of the following:

Find schools for your children
Find work or set up a business, unless you are retired
Apply for health cover and find a 'mutuelle' top up policy
Find doctors, dentists and other medical professionals
Register your car(s)
Declare your income for tax purposes
Apply for family benefits

Running a business in France

Some people move to France with the intention of starting a business and a firm plan in mind. Others hope to find salaried work but, if they don't succeed, decide to start their own business instead.

Having started her own business, Heather has helped many people do the same. Most people start as what is known as 'micro-entreprise'; the simplest way of working in France and similar to being self-employed.

Posting workers to France

When a company elsewhere in Europe wishes to work in France, there are strict regulations that must be complied with and it is a legal requirement to have a representative of the company based in France throughout the contract.

See the Posted workers page for more details.

How much does it cost?

For most types of work, the first meeting or phone call is free, to enable everyone to get to know each other and for Heather to understand your needs. After that it's €25/hour, invoiced in five-minute increments. A quick phone call for example might cost €2.50, an email €5.00, translation of a letter €10-€25.

Translation of longer documents or academic papers from €0.04 to €0.16 per word, depending on complexity and research required.

There is no charge for travelling locally other than the time it takes. Longer journeys are charged at cost plus enough to cover tax and social charges. Overnight stays for one or two nights are also charged at cost but for longer stays clients are asked to book and pay for the accommodation themselves, to keep costs down.

Contact us

Please contact me by email in the first instance at francemadeeasy (at) gmail (dot) com

I look forward to hearing from you soon.