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

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

Asked 3 hours ago 3 replies
Business registration Answered

Close SARL business or cease activity - due to sell doit du bail?

Asked 5 hours ago
SARL, EURL and EIRL New

Registering for health cover once registered as auto entrepreneur?

Asked 22 hours ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Open

Standard cost allowances for bed and breakfast and evening meal?

Asked yesterday 1 reply
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

Why haven’t I received a request for social charges?

Asked yesterday 5 replies
Business registration Open

How to sell a software application online?

Asked 2 days ago 5 replies
Business registration Open

What should I do about missing an auto-entrepreneur declaration?

Asked 3 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Open

How do I update my carte vitale now that I’m an auto-entrepreneur?

Asked 4 days ago 3 replies
Health care and carte vitale Answered

How do I get a social security number quickly?

Asked 4 days ago 1 reply
Health care and carte vitale Open

How do I get my auto-entrepreneur registration certificate from URSSAF?

Asked 4 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Open

Liable for tax on previous earnings after starting a business in France?

Asked 6 days ago 1 reply
Business registration Answered

Business registration and funding for gite business in France

Asked 9 days ago 6 replies
Business registration Answered

What should I do about a late payment to URSSAF?

Asked 12 days ago 2 replies
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Business set-up options for gites?

Asked 14 days ago 1 reply
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

Business account for auto entrepreneur?

Asked 16 days ago 1 reply
Auto-entrepreneur Answered

Sworn statement of no criminal conviction fo chambre de metier

Asked 16 days ago 1 reply
Business registration Answered

Is it obligatory to have an accountant for a reel - cotisant solidaire?

Asked 16 days ago 1 reply
Business registration Answered

Change from bic micro conjoint collaborateur to reel cotisant solidaire?

Asked 16 days ago 6 replies
Business registration Answered

Do I need to register with SACEM as we have a gite?

Asked 16 days ago 1 reply
Gîtes, chambres et tables d’hôtes Answered

Do I need to get my birth and marriage certificate officially translated?