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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, 10:42
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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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Re: The one client rule

Hello


I tried to start up a company three years to sell project management services ago and I was thwarted by the one client rule. I was told by the authorities (NE) that I was not allowed to start the company with only one client.My company registration and everything was blocked by this.


In the end I gave up and went back to working for my old employer.



Three years later I am looking again to start my own company but am very nervous about this one client rule.


Does anyone have any concrete experience (not just suggestions and comments) on over coming this rule?

Thank you in advance for your reply.


Best regards


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I tried to start up a company three years to sell project management services ago and I was thwarted by the one client rule. I was told by the authorities (NE) that I was not allowed to start the company with only one client.My company registration and everything was blocked by this.


In the end I gave up and went back to working for my old employer.



Three years later I am looking again to start my own company but am very nervous about this one client rule.


Does anyone have any concrete experience (not just suggestions and comments) on over coming this rule?

Thank you in advance for your reply.


Best regards


Rachel

If you start a SA or an Sàrl company then you are working for this company and paying taxes and social dues accordingly.


It makes no difference how many clients you have.


If you work an an independent then you need a minimum of 3 clients
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I tried to start up a company three years to sell project management services agol
Did you try to set up a GmbH/AG/Sarl/SA? Or was it sole trader?

I set up my GmbH in 2005. Frequently I've had only one client. It's not been a problem.
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