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The one client rule

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I've recently started my new GmbH which is a consultancy company and I am currently looking around for my first client.
Once I find my first client, it might take some time before I am able to land my second client (perhaps more than 6 months) and until then I would then only have 1 client.

I've read people commenting that you are not allowed to only work for 1 client in Switzerland - as you are then seen as an employee of that company and that might eventually lead to both you and the company being fined. (Does anyone know if this situation also applies to 1-man GmbHs?)

I haven't been able to find any official information on this rule and was wondering how it is phrased exactly. Does anyone know where to read about this? Preferably in German or English.

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I've recently started my new GmbH which is a consultancy company and I am currently looking around for my first client.
Once I find my first client, it might take some time before I am able to land my second client (perhaps more than 6 months) and until then I would then only have 1 client.

I've read people commenting that you are not allowed to only work for 1 client in Switzerland - as you are then seen as an employee of that company and that might eventually lead to both you and the company being fined. (Does anyone know if this situation also applies to 1-man GmbHs?)

I haven't been able to find any official information on this rule and was wondering how it is phrased exactly. Does anyone know where to read about this? Preferably in German or English.

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Your an employee of the GmbH, so it's irrelevant.
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Old 13.08.2018, 09:42
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Re: The one client rule

So long as the employee and employer social contributions are made, no-one cares.

In some places it used to be you had to have some sort of employment bond to protect your employees if the business goes under, but it's been recognised in BL and BS at least that this is pointless if there's only one employee.

I've on and off had just one client in the past 14 years of contracting in Switzerland.
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Re: The one client rule

Maybe you are thinking about the rules that are used to determine if a sole trader business qualifies for early access to accumulated pension savings.
In this case it is necessary to demonstrate the business is significant enough in terms of the number of customers.
This, of course, does not apply to a GmbH for the reasons already pointed out.
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Re: The one client rule

Great, so if I understand correctly, this rule would only apply to self-employed one-man companies doing "Freelancing" for clients and it is not a problem for me as I am an employee of my own GmbH and my client relationship is therefore strictly business to business.

I managed to find some official information in German:
https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/de/ho...staendige.html

But it was not very clear to me whether this also applied to one-man GmbHs.
Thanks for clarifying.
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