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…

Deadlines to complete your 2013 French income tax form

By Valerie Lemiere · 01 May, 2014

All paper declarations have to be sent back by 20th May 2013 at midnight. For online declarations the deadlines to return your French income tax are:27th May for departments 01 to 19. 3rd June 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 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

Can an auto-entrepreneur claim TVA on imported goods?

Asked 1 hours ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Tax Implications on moving to France?

Asked 18 hours ago 1 reply
Social and financial help Open

How do I employ people as part of my auto-entrepreneur business?

Asked 2 days ago 9 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Open

Auto-entrepreneur categories for writing and editing work?

Asked 3 days ago 5 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Open

How do I start a second SARL as an import export business?

Asked 3 days ago 3 replies
SARL, EURL and EIRL Answered

Can I add my family to my auto-entrepreneur health cover?

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

What do I legally need to provide to sell a property?

Asked 4 days ago 1 reply
General business Answered

How do I add online selling as a second activity to auto-entrepreneur?

Asked 5 days ago 3 replies
Business registration Answered

Reselling items bought at vide greniers on ebay?

Asked 5 days ago 1 reply
General business Answered

How much is corporation tax in France for a EURL / SARL?

Asked 6 days ago 1 reply
SARL, EURL and EIRL Answered

Is it URSAFF that adds a second activity to an auto-entrepreneur business?

Asked 7 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

How do I start business in France as a plumbing and heating engineer?

Asked 7 days ago 3 replies
Business registration Answered

Correct legal set-up for a property manager?

Asked 8 days ago 1 reply
Legal structure Answered

Double taxation France and UK

Asked 10 days ago 3 replies
General business Answered

Maximum limits for combined enterprise?

Asked 11 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Extra APE code required for table d’hotes?

Asked 11 days ago 1 reply
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

Gite and chambres d’hotes as separate auto-entrepreneur businesses?

Asked 13 days ago 3 replies
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

What extra documents are required by the chambre de metiers?

Asked 14 days ago 1 reply
Business registration Answered

Is this how conjoint collaborateur works?

Asked 14 days ago 3 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Auto-entrepreneur form for not accepting social security number?