What are the options to work as a couple in France?

My husband and I live in France and plan to launch a small (online) business together. Can you explain the main options for doing this? Can one of us work without being paid, at least at first?  T.B.

The main issue to resolve here is what status you should both have within the business. 

The Finance Ministry estimates that around 30% of business owners in France work alongside their spouse but a third of those spouses have no official status.

This is not ideal for the person in question ...

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