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…

Pension rights for auto-entrepreneurs in France

By Valerie Lemiere · 04 May, 2014

We're all concerned about our pension and as a auto-entrepreneur you're entitled to one as well. However, you need to meet certain turnover thresholds.Here's a question about auto-entrepreneur pensions that…

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.

Q&A Forum Online now: 22

How do I show an URSSAF refund in my accounts?

Asked 3 hours ago 3 replies
General business Open

Should our camping a la ferme be a registered business in France?

Asked 18 hours ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Open

Can I split workshop rent?

Asked yesterday 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Open

Can I operate a business registered in France with stock in UK?

Asked yesterday 3 replies
SARL, EURL and EIRL Open

How can I get affiliated to my husbands carte vitale?

Asked 2 days ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Open

Can I register as an auto-entrepreneur providing a service and selling goods?

Asked 2 days ago 1 reply
Business registration Answered

Changing from 2 individual auto-entrepreneurs to which single regime?

Asked 2 days ago 6 replies
Legal structure Open

Am I entitled to chomage?

Asked 2 days ago 1 reply
Social and financial help Answered

How do I change the tax rate for my table d’hotes?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

Do I send an original birth certificate to RSI or a certified translation?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Answered

APE code for a soft furnishing and upholstery business in France?

Asked 3 days ago 3 replies
Business registration Open

Services or profession liberale as an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked 3 days ago 4 replies
Business registration Answered

What is obligation de dématérialiser vos paiements?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Is it OK to trade through a UK based company but live and work in France?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Legal structure Answered

When to supply bank details and mandate for rsi declaration?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Move from auto-entrepreneur to entreprise individuelle reel simplifie?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Legal structure Answered

Do I need to pay CFE tax?

Asked 4 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Do I pay tax on my turnover or on my earnings?

Asked 4 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

How do I close my auto-entrepreneur business?

Asked 8 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

How do I check if I have paid my online declaration?