Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Business & entrepreneur
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 14.10.2015, 16:07
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Basel Land
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Renamed20151021a has no particular reputation at present
Start-up in Switzerland

Guys I am new here Thank you in advance for your all your comments!
I would appreciate your advice on the following..
I am planning to start importing from Poland and selling here in Switzerland [advertising element removed] through some exclusive Boutiques (Basel, Zurich, Geneva).. and I want also to start an online selling as well (I will create an internet shop).
My questions are:
- I am employed by Swiss employer (full time) - what formalities should I do to start this business? Should I register my firm somewhere if AHV is being paid by my employer ?
- What other formalities/costs (which you think are important) I have to know to start selling?
- Where can I get a good not expensive accountant (Basel Land) who will be keeping my books? What is the cost of it per month?
- What is the cost of creating an online shop in CH?


Any helpful links/web-sides highly appreciated..


Christina

Last edited by mirfield; 14.10.2015 at 16:12. Reason: Advertising element removed
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 14.10.2015, 16:18
golfer's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bern
Posts: 105
Groaned at 3 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 69 Times in 44 Posts
golfer is considered knowledgeablegolfer is considered knowledgeablegolfer is considered knowledgeable
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

www.startup.ch ......
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 14.10.2015, 16:21
golfer's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bern
Posts: 105
Groaned at 3 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 69 Times in 44 Posts
golfer is considered knowledgeablegolfer is considered knowledgeablegolfer is considered knowledgeable
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

www.startups.ch/en/
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank golfer for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 01.11.2015, 00:57
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: out of this
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 8 Times in 2 Posts
AxelS has no particular reputation at present
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

Hi Christina,
rather than focusing on the administration and legal aspects, I would work on a rock solid business concept first. That is something you can do at home in parallel to your work. Once you are convinced and found a co-founder for your business, you should talk to your current boss and share your plans.

When I started my first company, my boss actually became an investor .)

When you plan:
* Think about who your customers will be.
* Talk to about 30 of your potential target customers and see how much they would buy from you. You will recognize that finding 30 is not easy and you will also recognize that you will need thousands later on. So it's a very important first "Stress Test" for your business
* Develop a financial plan that includes all your fix cost and the cost associated with the products you sell (variable cost)
* Develop a good revenue plan
* Explore the competition, how much they do, how successful they are
* Come up with a strategy that describes how you will compete
* Create a go to market strategy that describes in layman terms how you address the market, how you proactively gain customers, how you win suppliers, and so forth
* Create a list of resources and things including capital you will need to succeed.

Once you have that plan sort of in place you will realize that the formalities and finding an accountant is not a big deal. And you will realize that you DO NOT want to look for an inexpensive accountant but for a real capable person that can help you manage your finance.

That said, let me answer your questions

1) You should not start a business without consulting your current employer. As you will become a respected business person - don't start by turning your back to your current employer
2) There is quite some cost to consider, office or shop, online hosting, storage, shipping, goods you may need to prepay, marketing...
3) Talk to other entrepreneurs in your area to find a good CPA
4) Look for a good web designer as business partner, If you sell online, you will want to have somebody with you day in and day out.

Axel
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank AxelS for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 07.11.2015, 01:02
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Vaud
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
esanomi has no particular reputation at present
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

Hi Christina / Axel,
Thanks for your post and reply. I moved to Switzerland from the US in September and I'm also looking to start a business supplying items to educational institutions and also selling in an online store. I'm in my market survey phase having identified 18 potential customers and making appointments to speak with their buyers. On the supply side, I have narrowed Turkey as my target source for proximity, price and quality reasons but have no contacts there. Do you have any tips on establishing contacts with possible suppliers? Also, what's the best way to find a good web designer if you come from a zero computing background? I'm a CPA by day. Thanks in advance.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08.11.2015, 23:00
BLP's Avatar
BLP BLP is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Vaud
Posts: 676
Groaned at 16 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 268 Times in 175 Posts
BLP is considered knowledgeableBLP is considered knowledgeableBLP is considered knowledgeable
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Also, what's the best way to find a good web designer if you come from a zero computing background? I'm a CPA by day. Thanks in advance.

If you need help with this send me a PM, I got someone who can help
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09.11.2015, 08:37
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Misery-Courtion
Posts: 13,513
Groaned at 170 Times in 135 Posts
Thanked 9,643 Times in 5,507 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hi Christina / Axel,
Thanks for your post and reply. I moved to Switzerland from the US in September and I'm also looking to start a business supplying items to educational institutions and also selling in an online store. I'm in my market survey phase having identified 18 potential customers and making appointments to speak with their buyers. On the supply side, I have narrowed Turkey as my target source for proximity, price and quality reasons but have no contacts there. Do you have any tips on establishing contacts with possible suppliers? Also, what's the best way to find a good web designer if you come from a zero computing background? I'm a CPA by day. Thanks in advance.
You need to be careful with this as your permit may not let you be self-employed. Are you here in your own right, i.e. had a job offer which was approved or are you here as a dependent of an EU or non-EU national? And is it an L or a B permit?
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Medea Fleecestealer for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 09.11.2015, 11:03
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: out of this
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 8 Times in 2 Posts
AxelS has no particular reputation at present
Re: Start-up in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hi Christina / Axel,
Thanks for your post and reply. I moved to Switzerland from the US in September and I'm also looking to start a business supplying items to educational institutions and also selling in an online store. I'm in my market survey phase having identified 18 potential customers and making appointments to speak with their buyers. On the supply side, I have narrowed Turkey as my target source for proximity, price and quality reasons but have no contacts there. Do you have any tips on establishing contacts with possible suppliers? Also, what's the best way to find a good web designer if you come from a zero computing background? I'm a CPA by day. Thanks in advance.
Hi Esanomi -
I don't have any contacts in Turkey on my own but I'd start looking at https://angel.co/ there are tens of thousands of startups from all over the world. It might be a good idea for you to expose your company there anyway.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Start up in Switzerland (Zurich) AgnesA Business & entrepreneur 1 10.10.2012 15:11
Admin help for tech start-up in Lausanne area suffolk911 Jobs offered 2 21.02.2012 17:27
Have software skills? Interested in a start-up? suffolk911 Jobs offered 0 25.10.2010 15:55
Systems Admin wanted to Grow with Start up in Zurich chh Jobs wanted 2 27.03.2009 21:20


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:05.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0