Expert answers & advice on starting / running a small business in France.

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Valerie Lemiere

Bonjour, I'm Valerie Lemiere. I’m French, I live in France and work as a business advisor (9 years and counting) for a national support network for entrepreneurs (BGE). I have extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of French business regimes, rules, regulations, registration, costs, cotisations, taxes, tva etc.

I can help you:

  • Choose the right legal and financial business structure
  • Understand and compare the options available to you
  • Calculate and minimise business taxes and social charges
  • Understand TVA, financing and business regulations
  • Solve issues with RSI, URSSAF, Chambre de Metiers etc
  • Register, update or change your business activities
  • Make sense of health care, carte vitale and maternity

Business blog

What is the Declaration Sociale des Independants 2013?

By Valerie Lemiere · 05 June, 2014

It's come up several times in the forum the past few weeks, so I thought I'd answer it here as well.Could you confirm please that an auto-entrepreneur does not have to complete the Declaration Sociale Des…

Auto-entrepreneur Videos

Auto-entrepreneur overview

By Valerie Lemiere · 25 June, 2013

This video will give you a complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system. It's perfect if you're starting a business in France as an auto-entrepreneur, or you're registered and want a better…

How to register as an auto-entrepreneur online

By Valerie Lemiere · 06 April, 2013

A step-by-step video explaining exactly how to register your business as an auto entrepreneur online. Watch the video and understand the impact of all the choices you will make.What will you learn:Which…

How to register online as an auto-entrepreneur artisan

By Valerie Lemiere · 03 April, 2013

The auto-entrepreneur artisan video gives you both an overview of the activities considered as artisanales in France and a detailed step-by-step guide on how to register. It also explains which type of…

Podcasts

Complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system part 1

By Valerie Lemiere · 06 September, 2013

This podcast, which is 44 minutes long, will give you a complete overview of the auto-entrepreneur system. It's perfect if you're starting a business in France as an auto-entrepreneur, or you're registered and…

Adding an APE or NAF code to your business

By Valerie Lemiere · 10 May, 2011

This podcast discusses the implications of adding an extra APE or NAF activity code to your current business and how to do it. Adding an extra APE activity code can be done for an auto-entrepreneur, an…

How to set up a health cover and get a carte vitale

By Valerie Lemiere · 10 May, 2011

This podcast explains how to set up a health cover and how to get a carte vitale for entrepreneurs. Find out how your carte vitale will be issued and answers to popular questions on health cover.

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Is sales of equipment classed as turnover?

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Help with section C on the CFE form?

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How should I set up 2 separate business activities in France?

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Completing Cotisation Fonciere des Enteprises 2015 form?

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Babysitting business in France for holidaymakers?

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Will I pay cotisations on my UK private pension?

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How can an auto-entrepreneur rent out a room for professional use?

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Do I have to charge TVA on digital services from 1 January?

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Is enquete aupres des auto-entrepreneurs crees en 2014 optional?

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How do I fill in cotisation fonciere des enterprises 2015 form?

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Providing gift packs etcetera in gites for clients at no cost?

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Business registration in France before or after Stage Prealable à l’Installation?

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Do I need to complete the CFE form 1447-C-SD?

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Why was my auto-entrepreneur registration refused?

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How do I complete CFE 2015 initial declaration form?

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Can I live in France and trade via a UK registered business?

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CFE payment online or at the bank?

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Should I close my auto-entrepreneur business in France?

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Can I register a business in France on a researcher visa?

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Should my business in France be set up as an EI, EIRL or EURL?