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Opening a small online store

Dear all,
Im totally new on this subject and I have no clue where to start.
O would like to open a small on line store where, for the beginning, I will only sell craft that i make. So just hand made things.
I'm talking about something rather small which I will conduct alone with no associates or partner.
I have a B permit and I do not work at the moment.
I do not intend to ask for any loan to finance my project as my husband will help me.
Which organization I need to contact in order to have some help?
Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate it!!!
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How about Ebay or Recardo? Would this be an option?
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Re: Opening a small online store

Thank you Telandi. I don't want to open with e bay or Ricardo as I would like to have my own website and so on...

Thank you so much for your help anyway and have a nice day!!
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Re: Opening a small online store

You can sell them on Ricardolino, free of charge for 90 days.

You need to register first. https://www.ricardolino.ch/de/home

Another free website is Tutti, http://www.tutti.ch/

Until you are selling a lot of different things, I don't expect you will need an online store.
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Thank you Telandi. I don't want to open with e bay or Ricardo as I would like to have my own website and so on...

Thank you so much for your help anyway and have a nice day!!
Hosting fees for a basic website (including online shop) will cost from 350chf per year + domain registration.

http://www.webspace24.li/hosting.php?pt=r

Alternatively - you can do pretty much what every small company does to start with and have an ebay or ricardo account.

Unless you are going to shifting a lot of low value stock - ebay/ricardo is the cheapest option. It also has the advantage of huge coverage.

Obviously though, as you asked the question, you clearly know better
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Re: Opening a small online store

Until you are selling a lot of different things, I don't expect you will need an online store.[/QUOTE]


I will sell mostly hand made things that's why I don't like the idea of Ricardo and so on. Also most of the items I will sell can be customized so I need to have a website.

Thanks a lot for your help!!!!
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Re: Opening a small online store

Have you looked at Etsy?
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Re: Opening a small online store

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Obviously though, as you asked the question, you clearly know better [/QUOTE]

Thank you very much!!
I was thinking to use a WEBSITE platform.
I know they come with a cost but I found some that only cost 20dollars a month.

I'm more confused in how I need to do to register my company and make sure that everything is legal!!!
Thanks a lot!!
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Have you looked at Etsy?
I'm more trying to find information to the legal requirements in how to open a shop online...

Thanks a lot anyway and have a pleasant day!!
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Re: Opening a small online store

Do you have stock? If so, how have you sold it so far? What is the limitation?

As for legal - if you are just making and selling a few things you can simply set up a company, name it and then fill out the appropriate part of the tax return.

In the first submission it is well worth including a business plan for 3-5 years to show to the tax authorities how you will make money (and not that you are just using it is a tax dedcuction).

Then, after 5 years, and things didn't work out due to market conditions you close the company down.


(^^^^Seriously - this is what "people" do)
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Do you have stock? If so, how have you sold it so far? What is the limitation?

As for legal - if you are just making and selling a few things you can simply set up a company, name it and then fill out the appropriate part of the tax return.

In the first submission it is well worth including a business plan for 3-5 years to show to the tax authorities how you will make money (and not that you are just using it is a tax dedcuction).

Then, after 5 years, and things didn't work out due to market conditions you close the company down.


(^^^^Seriously - this is what "people" do)
I have never sold anything before, but since I'm making stuff and I love it I decided to try and sell something. If it won't work out least I would have tried it, no big deal!

I will use very little material so not a lot to deduct from tax!!

Don't I need to register my commercial activity first? And this form that i need to feel is the one you receive at the ned of the year? Sorry for my ignorance but I never worked here !!!

Thanks a lot for your suggestion!!
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Re: Opening a small online store

You could use an eshop solution for setting up a shop easily.

Examples are : shopify, yahoo store, 1&1 ... check them out and see what meets your needs..
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You could use an eshop solution for setting up a shop easily.

Examples are : shopify, yahoo store, 1&1 ... check them out and see what meets your needs..
Thank you Pickles that is exactly what I wanted to do!! But I was just wondering if I dont need to register my business first and how will i do to pay tax if I actually manage to have a profit!!!
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I have never sold anything before, but since I'm making stuff and I love it I decided to try and sell something. If it won't work out least I would have tried it, no big deal!

I will use very little material so not a lot to deduct from tax!!

Don't I need to register my commercial activity first? And this form that i need to feel is the one you receive at the ned of the year? Sorry for my ignorance but I never worked here !!!

Thanks a lot for your suggestion!!
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The amounts you are talking about are not going to worry the tax authorities unless the quantities become very large.

Try posting some for sale on EF - see how that goes
Then open an account on Ricardo - and sell a few more

Then, if there is a market you can work through setting up your own company.

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Re: Opening a small online store

It will be a small amount and I do not want to use Ricardolino as I want to set my own company even if very small.
I understand you don't approve though!
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It will be a small amount and I do not want to use Ricardolino as I want to set my own company even if very small.
I understand you don't approve though!
But why??

If you really want to - just fill out the appropriate bit of the tax return - and attach the accounts - it is that simple.

Will people buy your product? How will they go about finding your product?
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Hosting fees for a basic website (including online shop) will cost from 350chf per year + domain registration.

http://www.webspace24.li/hosting.php?pt=r

Alternatively - you can do pretty much what every small company does to start with and have an ebay or ricardo account.

Unless you are going to shifting a lot of low value stock - ebay/ricardo is the cheapest option. It also has the advantage of huge coverage.

Obviously though, as you asked the question, you clearly know better
it depends which webhosting you choose, I pay 10 CHF a month plus 19 CHF a year for my domain name. But I agree that ricardo is the best bet, ebay is not so big in Switzerland.
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But why??

If you really want to - just fill out the appropriate bit of the tax return - and attach the accounts - it is that simple.

Will people buy your product? How will they go about finding your product?
so can you just sell stuff or offer a service (translating, teaching, babysitting, whatever) and just add the info to your tax return or do you have to set up a business first and set up all the social taxes implications (assuming you have a valid work permit)?
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But why??

If you really want to - just fill out the appropriate bit of the tax return - and attach the accounts - it is that simple.

Will people buy your product? How will they go about finding your product?
Because I want to create a very personal space to which I can add personal touches and i cannot do that with Ricardo.

I have a very clear idea in my mind and soon, I want to travel to find some pieces that I will resell as well.

One more thing, the form you are talking about is the one that you receive at the end of the year? Because I have read the you must have Recognition of self-employment by the AHV before opening a business.
Thanks a lot!!

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it depends which webhosting you choose, I pay 10 CHF a month plus 19 CHF a year for my domain name. But I agree that ricardo is the best bet, ebay is not so big in Switzerland.
Thank Angela, I guess you do sell things on line. Can I ask you if you needed to register as self-employment at the AHV?

Thank you for your help!!

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so can you just sell stuff or offer a service (translating, teaching, babysitting, whatever) and just add the info to your tax return or do you have to set up a business first and set up all the social taxes implications (assuming you have a valid work permit)?
I am not an expert - I was advised to go down this route when I set up my own company over here due to the nature of the business. I was set to close the company down this year - but have since updated the business plan and may be able to make it work.

I technically don't work for the company so there are no social costs. As soon as you draw a salary then there is a social/tax implication.
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