Would it be a good idea to get a mentor to help me in my plans?

You will face certain difficulties when setting up a business or at its very beginning. Some of them can be solved with the help of mentors serving in institutions handling integration of refugees in municipalities. 

More information:

Consultations for refugees and immigrants:  

  • Vilnius Archdiocese Caritas (Kalvarijų str. 39, Vilnius, tel. No. +370 699 31977)  
  • Lithuanian Red Cross Society (A.Juozapavičiaus str. A, Vilnius, tel. No. +370 5 2628037)  

And branches thereof:  

  • Lithuanian Red Cross Centre INLT in Kaunas (Šv. Gertrūdos str. 18A, tel. No. +370 656 96766).   

More information: https://www.facebook.com/www.redcross.lt/  

More information about business advice could be found under FAQ Which local organisations can help free of charge?  

If you decide to start a business enterprise, you will encounter difficulties that could be an issue to solve even with the help of mentor. Companies providing services of starting new businesses help save time and experience less stress, they provide advice not only in Lithuanian, but also in foreign languages (English, Russian) for a certain fee. You may easily find them entering “Setting up/starting a business”, “Registration of legal persons” etc. in the Google search box. 

Running a business, you will have to pay various taxes, prepare reports, declare property and income. If you hire employees, you will have to pay monthly wages, taxes, and submit documentation of specific format to SODRA, etc. Besides, laws, orders and tax fees are often changing in Lithuania, therefore there is a risk to make a mistake and be bound to pay a fine. You will hardly succeed without a help of professional accountant. You may choose to hire an accountant or acquire accounting services from a person or accounting company.