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Starting a business advice

Hello everyone,

I recently moved to Zürich and I would like to open a small themed cafe, selling beverages and baking cakes. I am also considering adding other things to it later - for example selling handmade jewellery there or holding art classes.
Currently, I might have enough money to start it, but not for paying rent for the next few months.

I'm now considering my next step and need a bit of advice.

To buy wholesale, asking for prices of products and such, I need my own business as they usually ask for a business name in the contacting form.
I have no idea how to legally start one and which type to choose. How does the legal process work? Should I list all the things I think I might sell/do or can I add later? Is there anywhere they can advise me?

Is it a good idea to set up a business now or should I wait?
Should I concentrate on other sides of the business that don't depend on renting a place - such as selling jewellery or holding art classes - to make the money?
Or should I go and find a job until I get enough money?

Thanks a lot,
Sandyna
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Old 21.01.2019, 15:43
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Hi. Start by a simple search in the Business & Entrepreneur forum (ie this one). Most of your question has been asked and answered many times.
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See these

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https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...s-eu-efta.html

Since this will involve a change in your permit you'll need a good business plan and more importantly sufficient funds to support yourself while the business gets established. If you don't have enough to cover the rent for several months I'm not sure you'd be able to go self-employed.

Best to talk to the cantonal migration office and see what they have to say.
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But which permit is held now?
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I have an L permit at the moment. Will they give me a B permit if I ask to start a business or do I need to work somewhere first?
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I have an L permit at the moment. Will they give me a B permit if I ask to start a business or do I need to work somewhere first?
What does it say you can do on the Permit L?
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Doesn't say anything about this. I've just read somewhere that I can't open a business with an L permit, need a B one at least.
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With a Permit B for employment, self-employment is also allowed. I don't know if this is also true of a Permit L for employment.
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https://www.ch.ch/en/becoming-self-employed/

https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...s-eu-efta.html

Since this will involve a change in your permit you'll need a good business plan and more importantly sufficient funds to support yourself while the business gets established. If you don't have enough to cover the rent for several months I'm not sure you'd be able to go self-employed.

Best to talk to the cantonal migration office and see what they have to say.
Again, you need to have a good business plan and the financial resources to support yourself while the business gets established. You need to present these to the cantonal migration office and if approved you will be issued with a new self-employed B permit.

And no, an L permit doesn't seem to allow self-employment.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...l_eu_efta.html
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Convert it to a Permit B. Though be aware you can't legally be employed by a company in Switzerland if you only have a Permit B for self-employment. If you want to work for a company later, you will have to convert it again to a Permit B which allows both.
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