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how to become self-employed, zurich

Dear All,

I would like to become self employed.
Could anybody help me, or advice where I should go to register to become self-employed. Which forms I should fill in and where? I live in Canton Zurich and I am non Swiss.

Any help would be appreciated,
Nito
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Dear All,

I would like to become self employed.
Could anybody help me, or advice where I should go to register to become self-employed. Which forms I should fill in and where? I live in Canton Zurich and I am non Swiss.

Any help would be appreciated,
Nito
Hi and welcome to the forum. There is quite a lot of information in the business/entrepreneurs section. gruenden.ch also has a lot of resources. Your first battle will be to convince the RAV that you are really self employed, or get around it by starting a service company. Good luck.
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

Hi Dannyt986,

Thanks for reply.
And in RAV can I ask for some forms to fill in or first talking and convincing why I want to become self employed?
What do I need to convince them? And do I need to bring any papers?
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Hi Dannyt986,

Thanks for reply.
And in RAV can I ask for some forms to fill in or first talking and convincing why I want to become self employed?
What do I need to convince them? And do I need to bring any papers?
Go and do your homework ;-)
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And do I need to bring any papers?
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

You'd probably have to prove that you have contracts with at least 3 different companies to use your service/skills. The Swiss are very strict on self-employment and it's not a case of you deciding you are. The authorities have the final say. Would probably need an accountant to make sure you're deducting the right amounts for the various insurances too.

Have a read of the threads mentioned here and also check with your cantonal authorities. I think there may be a cost for setting up in there somewhere too, certainly as a GmbH or SA there is, but I'm not sure about a sole trader status.
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

Go to this thread: RAV Help to become self-employed You'll find all the info you need.
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

RAV do run a self-employ work shop once a month on a Friday as well but only in German. You will need to start the ball rolling in RAV.
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

You can go direct to the AVS/AHV office, the RAV have no interest unless you are currently unemployed. The course is from the AVS/AHV in any case!
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You can go direct to the AVS/AHV office, the RAV have no interest unless you are currently unemployed. The course is from the AVS/AHV in any case!
Mea culpa RAV was a slip of the fingers indeed. AHV of course! I'm sure our OP picked up on that as he read the other material on that around here!
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

So where first I should go AVS/AHV office or RAV?
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So where first I should go AVS/AHV office or RAV?
AHV. My bad.
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Re: how to become self-employed, zurich

You need to go both to the AHV (RAV) + register with the canton "commercial register" office.

Can you let the forum know what you did in the end?

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