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Old 14.01.2010, 22:25
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working for the UN and registering as a freelancer in Switzerland at the same time?

Dear all,
I am German, working for an UN organization. However, I have no residency in Germany. My residency is in Switzerland, Geneva. In the framework of an event I have been offered a position to work for this event. In order to write an invoice at the end of the event and get paid I will need to have registered as a freelancer/ I need to have registered a trade. I used to be a freelancer for a long time and was registered as such in Germany but with my residency no longer being in Germany I can no longer have a trade registered in Germany.

With my status as an UN official and my residency being in Switzerland how can I get such a freelancer status/register a trade at the same time?

Thank you very much for your advice.

With best regards,
Undine
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Re: working for the UN and registering as a freelancer in Switzerland at the same tim

As a resident of CH, you can register a sole proprietorship "company" (raison individuelle) at the Geneva commercial register. It's very easy, you can probably d/l froms on the website of the comm. register, file it and go register yourself there with requested papers.

From a tax point of view, the income you get will be taxed as an independant activity, being also subject to social security contribution. Problems may occur if your only one client has a link with your employer... The social security agency could still consider you as an employee.

Though please forgive my ignorance, but as a UN worker, do you have a diplomatic status? If I remember well, people with a diplomatic status are not allowed to perform any other gainful activity in CH. If you're not a diplomat, then maybe you are prevented to have an other gainful activity based on your work contract with the UN. Have you checked this one?
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Dear all,
I am German, working for an UN organization. However, I have no residency in Germany. My residency is in Switzerland, Geneva. In the framework of an event I have been offered a position to work for this event. In order to write an invoice at the end of the event and get paid I will need to have registered as a freelancer/ I need to have registered a trade. I used to be a freelancer for a long time and was registered as such in Germany but with my residency no longer being in Germany I can no longer have a trade registered in Germany.

With my status as an UN official and my residency being in Switzerland how can I get such a freelancer status/register a trade at the same time?

Thank you very much for your advice.

With best regards,
Undine
I would definetly start checking with UN Human Resources to make sure there is no conflict of business interest they usually include those in your contract as well , better to be safe than sorry later. Than talk to a Truehand, and possibly with your gemeinde.
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