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Starting an online clothing business.. I am lost

Hello everyone,

I have tried reading and understanding the rules and ways of starting an online clothing business in Switzerland, but only got more confused..

Basically I am planning on creating an online clothing business for designers around the globe, I will not be stocking any items, all of the items will be shipped to the customer from the deisgner.

My questions are numerous but at the time being I can only think of the following..

1) should I regitster the company and where do I go if I do want to register it
2) what are the rules for B permit Canadians
3) does anybody have an experience with starting an online shop
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Re: Starting an online clothing business.. I am lost

I would register a GmbH company here, loads of threads in the business forum to guide you. If you are an inexperienced business person I would say you would need professional help.

Should be no problem for a B permit holder.

Experience opening an online shop. Yes, I have, but what are your questions?
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Re: Starting an online clothing business.. I am lost

As Grumpy says, lots of stuff on here to help you out, and http://www.gruenden.ch/en/ is very helpful. Regarding the B Permit question, it depends a little on what the grounds for granting the permit were (e.g. working, family reunification, etc.) and your marital status - this PDF has info on page 2: http://www.gruenden.ch/fileadmin/cus...en2_112011.pdf
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Re: Starting an online clothing business.. I am lost

I have the same question frag1!
I have started looking into having an online shop but its always difficult starting things up here in switzerland - whether to register as a company or not.
Someone told me to work out how much you realistically are planning to earn from it as registering here is expensive.
Get lots of advice, round up lots of information for pro's and con's and good luck to you!!! x
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Re: Starting an online clothing business.. I am lost

Hi, I've started an online business recently and can share some basic info.

The place you go for registration is your canton's Handelregister.

There are two types of companies, broadly - Personengesellschaft like sole trader or simple partnership, where the owners are liable with their personal assets, or Corporations such as Gmbh or AG where the owners are liable only up to the limit of the company capital.

You can register as a sole trader (Einzelfirma) in which case you're personally liable for everything and your company tax return is part of your personal tax return. A Gmbh (a limited company) will have a potentially higher cost since you need to show CHF 20,000 as capital.

In Zurich the cost for registering a Kollektivgesellschaft (simple partnership, as we're two partners) was CHF250. That was pretty much everything.

Once you're a registered company, you need to decide whether you need to register for VAT (MwSt). If you're importing or exporting stuff you may find it very necessary or helpful.

You'll probably need a bank account but that's very easy to get in a country built for banking we're at Postfinance who are very start up friendly.

Then if you need a payment gateway for your website (if you're actually selling stuff online) then use Paypal or Stripe as they're very reliable and simple to set up. Work with your website developer to set it up.

This are a few basic steps, have a look at gruenden.ch for plenty of start up info and tips.

I am sure it sounds like a mountain of stuff to tick off, but don't despair, simply deal with them one by one.

Good luck!
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