The 9 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In France [2021]

The 9 Best Home-Based Businesses To Start In France [2021]

Interested in starting a business in France in 2021?

We put together 9 of the best businesses you can start in France today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of how you can start your profitable, home-based small business in France.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a women's shoe line ($120K/year)

Tanya Heath from France started TANYA HEATH Paris over 11 years ago, a women's shoe line.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $1,000,000
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2

My name, as the brand would suggest, is Tanya Heath. I’m something you almost never hear about; a generation X entrepreneur who left a classic career path to follow a dream. My company, TANYA HEATH Paris created the world’s first multi-height shoe with removable heels for professional women who don’t want to be held back by their footwear.

We have 3 collections. The Power line is mostly pumps and they are supposed to take you from day to night, the Liberty collection is all about Parisian Chic and the Seduction collection can be for anything from a night out to a wedding.

There are now TANYA HEATH Paris boutiques in Paris, Toronto, Beirut, Beijing and the next one that will open is Hong Kong. Americans are our largest client group on the website and my dream would be to open a boutique in New York, San Francisco, Miami or any of the mega cities, but that won’t happen until the company earns millions or we get funded!

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Tanya Heath, on starting TANYA HEATH Paris ($10,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a mattress brand ($42M/year)

Julien Sylvain from France started Tediber about 6 years ago, a mattress brand.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $3,500,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $100,000
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 40

I am the founder of Tediber. Tediber is the leading Bed-in-box company in France. Tediber now sells mattresses, pillows, duvets, baby mattresses, and bed frames online in France, Italy, and Spain.

Many of you might know Casper - we started with the same business model of a bed-in-box mattress delivered right to your door, but it’s manufactured in Belgium. Our product also fits the French expectations for bedding which is very different from American or English beds.

We started 3 years ago and in 2018 we have done a total of 15m€ revenues.

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Julien Sylvain, on starting Tediber ($3,500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a healthy snack food business ($1.8M/year)

Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI from France started Natura Wellness about 3 years ago, a healthy snack food business.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8

My name is Julien, I’m 29, I’m French (Bonjour ;-)) and I am the founder and CEO of Natura Wellness. I’ve created the brand in 2017 from scratch at 27 years old after selling my first company.

Natura Wellness is a food tech company that created unique and healthy Superdrinks 🌱 for your personal objectives.

We have been live since April 2018, after 9 months of R&D to elaborate the best and natural product on the market. We started with 3 references and have now 12 references available on our website.

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Julien DUTHEIL CORBIOLI, on starting Natura Wellness ($150,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start an ecommerce platform ($216K/year)

Jean-Loup Karst from France started Secret about 2 years ago, an ecommerce platform.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $18,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0

I am Jean-Loup Karst, the co-founder of Secret. Secret is the first platform of exclusive deals on services and software for startups. Entrepreneurs can sign up and save up to $50,000 on 70+ SaaS deals (Airtable, Pipedrive, Mailjet, etc.). It’s 100% free! It's a no-brainer.

We negotiated and curated amazing deals. They help you with your cloud hosting, your growth, your marketing automation, your product… As an example, you could benefit from:

  • $1,000 on Amazon Web Services
  • $2,000 credit on Airtable
  • $2,000 credit on Freshworks
  • €1,000 credit on Clever Cloud
  • 6 months free on Sendinblue
  • 6 months free on Mailjet
  • $1,000 credit on Algolia
  • 6 months free on Hotjar
  • 6 months free on Typeform

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Jean-Loup Karst, on starting Secret ($18,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start an email automation platform ($3M/year)

Guillaume Moubeche from France started lemlist over 3 years ago, an email automation platform.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 19

Hey Guys 👋

My name is Guillaume Moubeche - I’m the co-founder of lemlist and winner of the most unpronounceable first name award! So… you can call me G.

Lemlist is a cold-email automation platform that allows getting more replies to your sales prospecting emails thanks to automation and ultra personalization!

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Guillaume Moubeche, on starting lemlist ($250,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a tour company ($108K/year)

Claire Robinson from France started StructurInfo (ZigZag Road Trips) almost 6 years ago, a tour company.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $9,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Bonjour! My name is Claire Robinson; I am French, and I am the founder of StructurInfo. My main business is Travel Blogging. But I am not your typical travel blogger. I do not work with sponsors or tourism boards. I select and pay for my own trips. I will not share with you how ‘to be paid to travel’. However, I do travel a lot and enjoy writing about it :-)

My strategy has been to develop my own collection of travel guides. The typical guides list thousands of places but offer hardly any pictures. They try pleasing all kinds of travelers. And in the end, you still don’t know where you want to go… My eBooks are written for travelers who prefer going on road trips to discover a destination. My content is curated and organized to make the planning much easier.

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Claire Robinson, on starting StructurInfo (ZigZag Road Trips) ($9,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a pdf conversion business ($60K/year)

Cyril Nicodeme from France started PDFShift almost 3 years ago, a pdf conversion business.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

Hi! My name is Cyril Nicodème. I’ve always been passionate about computers and code. I’ve built and sold VoilaNorbert.com, Transferslot.com, and Selldom.io and I’m currently running Improvmx.com and PDFShift.io.

My first project that made money was VoilaNorbert. On my list of all the domains I bought, it arrives at the 48th position. Yes, it took me 48 failed project to finally build something that generated revenues.

This was some sort of trigger that led to easier “product to market fit” projects following it. I’m currently working on PDFShift.io. I currently have around 150 customers which bring around 3200$ monthly. On my list of domains, PDFShift comes at 70th, but after Transferslot, Selldom and ImprovMX.

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Cyril Nicodeme, on starting PDFShift ($5,000/month) full story ➜

8. Develop an online survey tool ($36K/year)

Moritz Dausingerr from France started Refiner about 1 year ago, an online survey tool.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $3,000/ month
  • Starting Costs: $30,000
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0

My name is Moritz Dausinger and I’m the founder of Refiner.

Before Refiner, I successfully bootstrapped two SaaS companies from zero to exit, went through an acqui-hire by a venture-backed startup, and launched countless other web projects which didn’t really lead anywhere.

Refiner is a user feedback & customer survey tool for data-driven SaaS teams. We help our customers better understand the needs of their users, track customer satisfaction with NPS survey widgets, increase retention rates, and research what to build next.

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Moritz Dausingerr, on starting Refiner ($3,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a freelance writing business ($42K/year)

Daniel Waldman from France started Daniel Waldman Writing over 4 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Country: France
  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1

I’m Daniel Waldman and I’m a freelance writer. My business is called Daniel Waldman Writing and I’ve been in business for about 3 years. That said, I’ve worked in marketing and public relations for nearly my entire career (over 15 years), and writing has always been a central element of my professional activities.

I offer a wide variety of writing and editing services, but mainly clients come to me for help with blogging, article writing, their website copy, and video script writing. I’ve also helped one writer with editing a business book and continue to expand my editorial services. On average, I earn about $3500/month (before taxes).

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Daniel Waldman, on starting Daniel Waldman Writing ($3,500/month) full story ➜

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