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Old 31.07.2012, 16:49
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Re: Starting a Business in Switzerland

The problem with a food kiosk is getting the permit. There is limited space available and when it is it will be expensive. The first step is if you would even be allowed to work in Switzerland. Check with your local Swiss Embassy before you go any further.


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Hi guys,

I am just wondering how did it go with your business? I am looking at starting up a business in either ZG or LU myself in either Asian takeaway (a small kiosk in the train station) or one of those grill that sells sausages and some fusion Asian/Greek grill.

Would someone be able to provide me with some advise as I am a non-EU citizen and is looking at relocating over.

What was your setup cost?

Rgd

Pk
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Old 31.07.2012, 17:01
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Re: Starting a Business in Switzerland

It's not difficult to set up a business, it just takes cash. You need at least CHF 20,000 to start a gmbh and probably another CHF 2-5,000 to cover legal costs. The deposit will come back to you once the business has been set up (allow a few months).

The hard bit is making money. All the costs, particularly labour are high, which means your product will cost you more to produce than you think. It is then expensive to distribute etc, so your profit margin is constantly squeezed (excuse the pun). If you are importing anything then go very carefully over the import tarriffs, often with food stuffs there are a number of tarriffs, and you can be sure your products will have the highest rates (often more than the cost of the original product).

As has been suggested before, it all starts with a business plan which you need to pull apart viciously. Switzerland is a tough market and to suceed I believe the product must be easy to sell to the Swiss (they are the only ones used to the high prices).

So setting up the business is easy, keeping it going isn't.

Good luck though.
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Old 31.07.2012, 17:28
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Re: Starting a Business in Switzerland

Maybe this is also of interest. Starzentrum offers also free initial consultancy for all kind of start ups.

http://www.startzentrum.ch/de

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Re: Starting a Business in Switzerland

have a read through pages like
http://www.englishforum.ch/business-entrepreneur/9916-help-businesses-freelancers-ch.html
so many treasures on this site - my earlier research found that some councils are very sensitive and non committal re food vans, mobile coffee vans etc possibly because it could take business from existing establishments....there seems to be lots of nuances and unspoken ways......coming back last night I watched "The HUnter" film - made me home sick for Tasmania - but also shows that these 'unspoken ways' are probably in all cultures....also i watched "Love's Kitchen" and the same theme was there too! it has some good startup business tips
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Re: Starting a Business in Switzerland

The business sounds interesting. I suggest you find some investors that will invest in your product. Of course, show them your analysis of the market and also the plans of your product. If they trust their money will come back with interest, they will pay.
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