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How long does it take to register Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) in kanton Zurich?

Has anyone registered Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) recently? How long have you waited for paperwork to complete? Is Pandemic delaying registration?
We registered the Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) via easygov portal almost 2 weeks ago. We sent signed paper to SVA. However there is radio silence since that time. We don't how long it will take until we receive some confirmation and can go to bank to open company's bank account.
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Receive some confirmation and can go to bank to open company's bank account.
Does the bank need specific paper work? Otherwise you can also use your own bank account to receive payments (if o.k. with the bank). You are anyway unlimited liable and the company and you are the same person.
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We registered the Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) via easygov portal almost 2 weeks ago.
With this you mean into the Commercial Register (Handelsregister)? Did you already pay the fee? Did you get an UID?
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With this you mean into the Commercial Register (Handelsregister)? Did you already pay the fee? Did you get an UID?
Not into the Commercial Register because the planned revenue is below 100k CHF. We just submitted the form as described here and sent signed document by post for AHV registration: https://www.easygov.swiss/easygov/#/...ny/new-company
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Not into the Commercial Register because the planned revenue is below 100k CHF. We just submitted the form as described here and sent signed document by post for AHV registration: https://www.easygov.swiss/easygov/#/...ny/new-company
Than there is all there is for the moment. You might check if you have all ready been assigned an UID https://www.uid.admin.ch/Search.aspx?lang=de You should also get a letter from the BFS/FSO https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home...on-letter.html

Get in contact with your bank and start setting up the account etc. and gather all the needed information. In the best you can do all now, in the worst you will have to wait till you have your UID.

If you need a UID to open a company bank account, and you are not allowed to use your personal account, than there is a bit of a Catch-22: The social security office will not register you before you have a real business, and not just some hobby or dream. Which means you will not be assigned an UID. So what to do? Find a bank were you can do business on a personal account (AFAIK most will not really object) OR get a commercial register entry.

It is perfectly legal, usual, and in many cases unavoidable to do business before you have your UID or are fully registered with the AHV/social security office. https://svazurich.ch/unsere-produkte...rwerbende.html

Just one note: You say "we". There is no "we" in an Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship). There is only a "I". One sole person. One owner. Full, unlimited control and fully unlimited liable. The company name must include the name of the owner.
https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...dvantages.html
https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...etorships.html

Be aware about bogus bills:
https://www.ige.ch/en/services/corre...-for-fees.html
https://blog.startups.ch/vorsicht-vor-betruegern/
https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...rofiteers.html
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Re: How long does it take to register Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) in kanton Zur

My wife doesn't want to use personal account for her Einzelfirma. Startup account at Credit Suisse requires UID.
Easygov seems to be almost useless. We called them today and they can't say anything were the application is stuck. They just said my wife should already have UID, but we didn't receive any letter nor we can find firma registered in UID-Register
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My wife doesn't want to use personal account for her Einzelfirma. Startup account at Credit Suisse requires UID.
In that case you might have to bite the bullet, spend approx. CHF 120, and get a commercial register entry. You can book it as a business expense
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Re: How long does it take to register Einzelfirma (sole proprietorship) in kanton Zur

This is what she did :-). Hopefully she will get UID soon. I guess she will still need to register herself with SVA that she is self-employed and to pay AHV?
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This is what she did :-). Hopefully she will get UID soon. I guess she will still need to register herself with SVA that she is self-employed and to pay AHV?
Yes. That is an independent process.
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