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Valerie Lemiere

Bonjour, I'm Valerie Lemiere. I’m French, live in France and work as a business counsellor (10 years and counting) at the leading national support network for entrepreneurs (BGE).

I have detailed knowledge in all areas of French business regimes, rules, regulations, registration, costs, social charges, taxes, tva etc. From auto-entrepreneur to SARL etc., I'm able to answer all your questions and advise you on any issues.

For example, I can help you:

  • Choose the best legal and financial business structure
  • Understand and compare the options available to you
  • Calculate and minimise business taxes and social charges
  • Understand business regulations, TVA and financing
  • 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
Everyone's questions

Business blog

Beware of this French business scam

By Valerie Lemiere · 04 March, 2015

Here's yet another scam aimed at businesses in France. This one is trying to extort money by making it look like it's compulsory to subscribe to a European directory before getting a TVA number. So watch out for…

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 a business as an auto entrepreneur online. Watch the video and understand the impact of all the choices you will make.You may also be interested in my

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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What do I do with letters from Klesia?

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Change APE code and add secondary business activity?

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Can I use a former day to day personal bank account?

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Auto-entrepreneur ambulant for selling at markets and spectacles?

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How can I keep my carte vitale?

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What setup for fishing and camping business in France?

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Do I have to create invoices for online sales?

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Do I need to pay this CIPAV bill?

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How do I check if opted for micro fiscal?

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When do I make my auto-entrepreneur declarations for social charges?

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How do I apply for ACCRE?

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How do I register an auto-entrepreneur artisan business online?

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How long does it take to start a business in France?

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Online cessation of auto-entrepreneur activity form?

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Can I use my CMU-C when I become an auto-entrepreneur?

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When do I pay my auto-entrepreneur tax?

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Can an auto-entrepreneur business be paused?

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Where can I get auto-entrepreneur insurance?

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How do I pay auto-entrepreneur tax?

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