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Personal side business

Hello everyone,

nice to be part of the community! I and my family moved to Switzerland one year ago, thanks to a job opportunity.

I am currently employed in a company and I was thinking to complement my salary with a small side business (e.g., buy and sell used cameras and accessories).

My simple question is: to what extent/limits can I carry this small personal business without making it "official"?
And once I exceed these limits, what is needed to be done in order to be compliant with the rules? Do I have to open a VAT account, etc.?

Thanks for helping me out, apologies if the same question has been already published.

Danke schon!
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Re: Personal side business

Switzerland has friendly rules regarding setting up a small business.

https://www.lawyersswitzerland.com/e...in-switzerland

However your employment contract for your main occupation may limit your freedom to operate on your own.
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Re: Personal side business

Welcome to the forum.

It'll also depend on your nationality and the type of permit you have.

https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...-national.html
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Re: Personal side business

This may help if it stays a "hobby" activity (Ger.): https://nrs-treuhand.ch/wp-content/u...bruar-2018.pdf

In essence, if the income is less than CHF 2'300 per year, then you don't have to declare anything.

Don't forget that every smartphone has a usable camera and these get better all the time. Incidentally, I have an Olympus OM2 camera and some nice lenses to dispose of (c. 40 years old.) Let me know if you are interested.
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Re: Personal side business

Being a sole trader is much easier and less restricted than setting up as self-employed:
https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...etorships.html
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Re: Personal side business

I'd argue that as a sole proprietorship you are also self-employed.
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Re: Personal side business

I'd like to remind you that many business also mandate that their employees declare (they don't forbid, but you must tell them) if they have a side business.
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Re: Personal side business

It's possible to be self-employed and employed at the same time - that's my case. Self-employed may be as simple as a cleaner or as complicated as a one-person business or a consultant, but it's still a separate business. I have two AHV numbers, for example: for self-employed and employed. I hope this helps.
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