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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

I am also starting my own business in Switzerland (Zurich) and I have a question.
To launch my idea I would like to start as self-employed (EU citizen, permit B) and, when things are running well, to create a GMBH but I read somewhere that I have to put my name on it. Is it true? Because i don't want to use my name but a commercial one.
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I am also starting my own business in Switzerland (Zurich) and I have a question.
To launch my idea I would like to start as self-employed (EU citizen, permit B) and, when things are running well, to create a GMBH but I read somewhere that I have to put my name on it. Is it true? Because i don't want to use my name but a commercial one.
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For GmbH formation you do not need to use your name.

Take a look at the section on page 10 headed "Overview of legal structures" of the attached highly informative guide for start-ups in Switzerland.
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

Hi,
started to build up my own business and I contacted the chamber of commerce (of Switzerland and of my own country but based in Zurich), which informed me that I can simply start without any registration or vat number until I earn 500 thousands chf per year. The only thing I have to do is to pay taxes.
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started to build up my own business and I contacted the chamber of commerce (of Switzerland and of my own country but based in Zurich), which informed me that I can simply start without any registration or vat number until I earn 500 thousands chf per year. The only thing I have to do is to pay taxes.
Absolute bollocks.

Please don't post such tripe.
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Old 16.04.2011, 23:11
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

That's completely not true.

You will become a VAT subject after a taxable business volume of CHF 100'000 generated in Switzerland.





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started to build up my own business and I contacted the chamber of commerce (of Switzerland and of my own country but based in Zurich), which informed me that I can simply start without any registration or vat number until I earn 500 thousands chf per year. The only thing I have to do is to pay taxes.
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How to set up your own company in CH

Does anyone know the procedure to set up your own company in Switzerland? We are both non-EU citizen with working permit B (both working for MNC's). We want to explore the option to have our own business here, but not sure what are legal procedures?

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Re: How to set up your own company in CH

Hi, like in all other countries, it depends what kind of company you would like to set up. Check out www.kmu.admin.ch - the source for official information. A friend of mine (expat) has started her own dentistry a few years ago. The authorities have postponed it due to the fact that she needed the C-Bewilligung for it! Hope you find some helpful info there!
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Re: How to set up your own company in CH

Tough one. I suggest you start here.
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Re: How to set up your own company in CH

Startups.ch

10 min and 20,000 CHF and you're done
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Re: How to set up your own company in CH

See here - http://www.gruenden.ch/index.php?L=1 and take a look at this - http://www.gruenden.ch/fileadmin/use...nal_201003.pdf
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

I'm a UK citizen with a C permit thinking o starting an online business selling athletics equipment in switzerland which would be imported from outside. Can you help me with the following questions:
1) do I need to setup any sort of a company just to get started or can I just setup a web page and start selling, registering the income on my personal tax return?
2) if I have to setup a company which one would be the best?
3) is there anything I should bear in mind with regards to importing or customs?
4) I already work for a company in Switzerland. Is there any issue with me being self employed also?
5) do u think such a business would work in switzerland. I don't see so many online business' like the uk here?

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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

Heads up for folks in Lausanne wanting to open up their own business, there is a free entry event of one day with seminars and conferences. It's on 1st Nov. I saw it on an advert in the street today.
Couldn't find it online, but maybe the info is still useful for someone.
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

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Here are some more websites you might find useful....

http://www.ch.ch/

http://www.gza.ch/default_en.asp?pgn=/content/06/06_001en.asp - This one is Zürich specific.

http://www.europa.admin.ch/pub/best/e/eu_in_ch.pdf?S - This one is for European Nationals only.

http://www.standortschweiz.ch/seco/internet/en/proceed/checklists/index.html

http://www.ige.ch/ - Information regarding trademarks, design protection, patents and copyrights.

http://www.estv.admin.ch/data/e/index.htm - All about taxes.

http://web2.cylex.de/homepage/Profil_neu.asp - A free Company profile can be placed.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SwissEntrepreneur/ - A forum for expats and Swiss nationals to discuss small business plans, find partners, test ideas and generally discuss anything related to starting and running a small business in Switzerland.

Most of the links I have posted are from Ed's Swiss Entrepreneur Links Folder. HTH.

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The links here are fantastic...all the information I was looking for while researching my new business venture. Thanks English forum!
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

Hi guys,

I am an Non-EU member and is just wondering if anyone who was in my position had started a business successfully with a Swiss national? If so, would you be able to provide some advise surround the work permit? The only thing I could find on the website's the links below and there are quotas as to how many non-EU member there is that will be accepted.

http://www.takingupresidence.com/swi...zerland.3.html

Non-EU/EFTA nationals can obtain a work and residence permit provided the desired market is not saturated and can create job opportunities for Swiss nationals. Foreigners without residence permits can still own an interest in a business operated by a Swiss national, regardless of the percentage of equity. Some sectors may require licenses or permits (such as banking, insurance, hotel and restaurants, medical and law), depending on the canton.

http://www.gruenden.ch/fileadmin/cus...en2_112011.pdf

Third-country citizens without a residence or settlement permit can only become self-employed if the planned endeavor is economically meaningful and the required financial and operational conditions are met. The application forms and documents (incl. a business plan) are examined by the labor market authorities.
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

I started a business here two years ago, an SA importing building materials but its been a hard slog trying to sell to the Swiss. Ive got three or four customers that buy from me regularly but the swiss are generally very wary of buying from foreigners preferring to pay much more from local swiss suppliers. They almost never use the internet and are very protective of their own markets.
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

I have heard that GmbH can be established only when at least one of the representatives is swiss/EU nationals.

However what I have read:


The GmbH must be represented by a person domiciled in Switzerland, but who does not have to be a shareholder

in my understanding "domiciled" means any holder of B or C permit irrespective of nationality, or am I wrong?

In other words, If i am a holder of a B-permit, and I am not EU-citizen, may I establish GmbH only on my own, or should I look for CH/EU - citizen or C/B permit holder?
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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

I have friends who have started a GmbH with a B permit, so should be fine. Also if you check back on the threads, there are a few links confirming.

I have a question as well: The 20,000CHF capital, once its in the company can you spend it on anything company related or does it have to remain as cash ?

Ideally, I would put that cash in, then use it almost immediately to set up website, rent a premises etc. Is that ok ? Couldnt find the rules anywhere

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Re: Starting a business in Switzerland.

Hi all,

Has anyone started a small business partnership with EU & Non-EU member together ? If so would you be able share your experience?
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I have friends who have started a GmbH with a B permit, so should be fine. Also if you check back on the threads, there are a few links confirming.

I have a question as well: The 20,000CHF capital, once its in the company can you spend it on anything company related or does it have to remain as cash ?

Ideally, I would put that cash in, then use it almost immediately to set up website, rent a premises etc. Is that ok ? Couldnt find the rules anywhere

Many thanks
As I understand it - courtesy of a guest lecture some 5 or 6 years ago, so take it with a big grain of salt - it doesn't necessarily have to be cash. It does, however, have to remain as a tangible asset. So I would guess that something like renting property, setting up a website, would not qualify, whereas buying property probably would.

But you'll want to talk to someone more knowledgeable than me about it.
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As I understand it - courtesy of a guest lecture some 5 or 6 years ago, so take it with a big grain of salt - it doesn't necessarily have to be cash. It does, however, have to remain as a tangible asset. So I would guess that something like renting property, setting up a website, would not qualify, whereas buying property probably would.

But you'll want to talk to someone more knowledgeable than me about it.
50% needs to be cash both for Sarl and SA
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