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  1. Thanks to you both for such informative answers.  The reason I am being asked to help is that the person with the original idea, has absolutely no idea of how to go about marketing it, and I would like to help them. They are creative, and not commercial in the slightest, and it was I who wanted to protect them.  It is a potentially lucrative product (I think).  It may be that copyright is more applicable than a patent - I need to do much more research, but you have both been more than helpful. 
  2. Hi  Someone has approached me to help them market a new product.  I need to find out initially how they should go about protecting their concept, before going any further.  Has anyone had any experience of this in France, and where do I start?
  3. I started with the Chambre de Commerce as a 'Télétravailleur', following phonecalls on my behalf by our local maire. Having established that I wanted to perform secretarial services with a slight accountancy aspect, they then sent me to URSSAF to register as a profession libérale.  When I got there the man from URSSF spoke at length with the woman from Chambre de Commerce, and they decided between them that the most suitable title would be Secretariat à domicile, which comes under the Chambre de Metier.  I have now seen two people at the C de M, and am about to register.  The role is to encompass all things 'bureaucratique' so should go down well in France!!! Much thanks Will for the info re turnover, it's a great relief to think that I can at least start as a micro-entreprise, and then if the one larger contract comes to an end during next year, I can probably stay at that level, unless I am very lucky and find another well paying client or two.

  4. Hi,  I am hoping someone may be able to help with this query.  I am in the process of setting up a 'secretariat à domicile' through the Chambre de Metiers.  I have one large client initially, although I don't know how long the contract will last.  The earnings from this one client would amount to more than the €27,000 limit if the contract lasted for more than a year.  If I register from 1st May, do I get the whole €27,000 for this calendar year, or is the upper earnings limit worked on a pro rata basis, in this case eight twelves of the amount.

    As I doubt this initial contract will last right through until Dec 2007, it would be great if I could use the Micro-entreprise regime. I have trawled though various internet sites, but am having trouble finding the right answer to this.

    Many thanks in advance, Claire

  5. Hi Joh

    Very good idea (how nice to get positive feedback) - and worth pursuing - for some reason I still think they operate a different accounting system, which is really what I'm after finding out about.  It wasn't actually a form of competition that I was suggesting, merely doing the donkey work (sorting the shoeboxes of reciepts, etc) and preparing basic accounts to then be processed by bonafide french accountants for tax returns.

    If anyone does know more about the french system I would be really grateful to hear from them.   Claire

  6. Just wondered if anyone had any recommendations for any literature regarding the french book keeping system - have worked as an accountant in England for years and am interested in learning the french system so as to possibly offer this as a service, prior to the accounts being finalised by a proper french accountant. Would this be practical?

    Many thanks   Claire

  7. Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good accountant in the Lot /Dordogne depts.

    Many thanks

    Claire

  8. Does anyone know if it is possible to buy Christmas Crackers anywhere in France - we are hosting a traditional English Christmas dinner for about 60 people? Would be more than happy to buy them over the internet, if we could get them delivered here.

    Many thanks  Claire

     

  9.  Hi

    I am hoping someone may be able to help me - I am looking for a property to rent from now(ish) until March.  I work from England, and spend one week a month back here. I need access to ADSL internet, and preferably somewhere with central heating!

    Any suggestions welcomed. Many thanks

    Claire

  10. Hi

    I am hoping someone may be able to help me - I am looking for a property to rent from now(ish) until March.  I work from England, and spend one week a month back here. I need access to ADSL internet, and preferably somewhere with central heating!

    Any suggestions welcomed. Many thanks

    Claire

  11. Well I did it - I went to Coup a Boit in Sarlat.  I didn't end up with Robin as you suggested Céline, but with the girl who works with / for him (Regine?).  I'm really pleased with the result and would recommend them to any one.  I did have to conduct the whole episode in French though, so it may not be quite as suitable for someone with limited French.

    Many thanks Céline for your recommendation.  Claire

  12. Thanks for all your advice, and for the offer Catharine.  I think I really need to find a permanent hairdresser in France, who I can get to know over time, so will try the two in Salviac first.

    Why can't I be happy to have grey long hair?!!

  13. I think this is very probably on a par with Madrid - there must be many fatalities as anyone who has travelled in London during a rush hour would realise.  The fact that no figures are being given out would imply that the situation is muddled, but I fear that the numbers will rise. 

    Best wishes to everyone here on the forum, I hope that no one here will be personally affected by this cowardly act.

  14. Hi

    Just wondering if someone could recommend a really good hairdresser in the Cazals / Gourdon (Dept 46) region. Sorry for such a 'girly' question!

    Many thanks   Claire

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