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What are the rules regarding selling items such as coffee capsules and powdered coffee online in Switzerland? Matters such as legality, taxation, ...

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Selling from inside the country or outside?

Selling brand capsules or knock-offs?
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Hello guys,

What are the rules regarding selling items such as coffee capsules and powdered coffee online in Switzerland? Matters such as legality, taxation, ...

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Well you have to be legally here, have a food handling license, have a business registered so you can trade etc etc... what else do you need to know?
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Selling from inside the country or outside?

Selling brand capsules or knock-offs?
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Brand capsules and selling from inside the country.
Does it matter for example if it is imported coffee lets say from Brazil?

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Well you have to be legally here, have a food handling license, have a business registered so you can trade etc etc... what else do you need to know?
Thanks a lot!

I am legally living here. But have no registered business. Planning to start my own online shop such as imported coffee from all-over. So I need to know how to proceed?

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Brand capsules and selling from inside the country.
Does it matter for example if it is imported coffee lets say from Brazil?
It does not matter where the coffee is from aslong as the paperwork and taxes all are done in a proper way.
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Re: selling items online-CH

I'd recommend attending one of the meetings from startups.ch or ifj.ch.
You will get at least some hints on how, where and what type of business to register in Switzerland.
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Re: selling items online-CH

There is also this: https://www.ch.ch/en/becoming-self-employed/, in English, and
this: https://www.beobachter.ch/arbeit/sel...e-eigene-firma, in German.

Do you already speak, understand, read and write German (for Bern) well? If not, then the administrative overhead costs of your business are likely to be higher because, at least from time to time, you will need to pay someone else to translate something for you, or to deal with the authorities. Therefore, if you don't already have a good command of the local language, I'd recommend you work on this very important skill before trying to start a business in Switzerand.

Small businesses often have needs of services which might make a big dent in their budgets. Do you have a service you could offer to some other small business? If so, you could try to find someone who is already running such a small import and sales business as you envisage, but with a different product (so you and they would not be competitors). Perhaps you could offer to do something for them for free and ask that, in exchange, they teach you the business steps.

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There is also this: https://www.ch.ch/en/becoming-self-employed/, in English, and
this: https://www.beobachter.ch/arbeit/sel...e-eigene-firma, in German.

Do you already speak, understand, read and write German (for Bern) well? If not, then the administrative overhead costs of your business are likely to be higher because, at least from time to time, you will need to pay someone else to translate something for you, or to deal with the authorities. Therefore, if you don't already have a good command of the local language, I'd recommend you work on this very important skill before trying to start a business in Switzerand.

Small businesses often have needs of services which might make a big dent in their budgets. Do you have a service you could offer to some other small business? If so, you could try to find someone who is already running such a small import and sales business as you envisage, but with a different product (so you and they would not be competitors). Perhaps you could offer to do something for them for free and ask that, in exchange, they teach you the business steps.
Thank you so much! Very helpful!
I have basic high-German knowledge but not Bernese...and fluent French.
As you suggested, I know some people who do similar small business but with a different product and I will discuss with them.
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Are you allowed to start a business here?

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Thank you so much! Very helpful!
I have basic high-German knowledge but not Bernese...and fluent French.
By the way, I didn't mean you needed to speak Bernese German (Berndüütsch). I meant simply that, to set up a business, it is a good idea to be competent in the local language, wherever your business will be. I took the "Bern" from your profile. High German is fine.
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Are you allowed to start a business here?

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I am not sure if I am prohibited from starting my own business. Can you clarify?
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I am not sure if I am prohibited from starting my own business. Can you clarify?
What permit type do you have?

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