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: 17

How do I do modify my auto-entrepreneur declaration?

Asked 16 hours ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Open

What is the maximum yearly revenue which is tax free in France?

Asked yesterday 1 reply
General business Open

Start a business in France for two different business activities?

Asked yesterday 7 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Open

How do I pay my auto-entrepreneur cotisations online?

Asked 2 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

What is declaration l’honneur for auto entrepreneur?

Asked 2 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Open

RSI has requests original birth certificate, but only copy of passport

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

Can we set up a business in France before we start trading?

Asked 3 days ago 5 replies
General business Answered

How do I setup a gite business in France as an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked 4 days ago 3 replies
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

What is the auto-entrepreneur turnover limit for an artisan?

Asked 4 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Can I close my business and avoid social security contributions?

Asked 5 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

When should I receive my Contribution Fonciere des Entreprises tax (CFE) bill?

Asked 5 days ago 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Can I use the same carte vitale?

Asked 5 days ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Answered

Am I exempt from the cotisation fonciere des enterprises (CFE) tax?

Asked 5 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

How to register as an auto-entrepreneur gite cleaner?

Asked 6 days ago 3 replies
Business registration Answered

How to set up account online for impots?

Asked 6 days ago 8 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Do I have to pay CFE tax?

Asked 7 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Is cotisation fonciere des enterprises a new tax?

Asked 7 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

What do I do with my carte vitale when leaving France?

Asked 7 days ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Answered

SAS versus SARL

Asked 8 days ago 1 reply
Legal structure Answered

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