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Old 05.05.2011, 01:06
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Hello!

Currently considering a contract for a June 1st start in Zurich. Discoverd the forums from the "Living and Working in Switzerland" book by David Hampshire which arrived this morning.

I'm based in London, have contracted through my own company in the UK, and currently considering a 6 month contract in Zurich (through an agency and a supplier who pays salary) because market seems too quiet for my skillset and a Switzerland contract was suggested by my agency.

Currently mainly lurking, but getting more and more nervous with each new post about "newbies" I read. Have worked in Middle East (five years, two in Saudi Arabia, three in Kuwait), Germany (a year in Cologne, but through a contract with Ford/IBM UK) and Ireland (direct contract) but Switzerland seems so much more complicated in terms of taxes, rules, paperwork, scams, accommodation.

Anyway, hello!
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Old 05.05.2011, 01:22
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Welcome Ian, I thought I read you died last year!

This Forum partly reflects real life, but you usually see only the problems here, partly caused by Newbies thinking it can't be THAT different. I am pleased to see you are reading the "Bible" on how to survive here! Good luck!
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Welcome Ian, I thought I read you died last year!

This Forum partly reflects real life, but you usually see only the problems here, partly caused by Newbies thinking it can't be THAT different. I am pleased to see you are reading the "Bible" on how to survive here! Good luck!
Thanks for the welcome. The forums are great. So much good advice here.
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Re: Hello!

Hi Ian

Welcome to the forum and soon to Zurich

It's good you are doing your homework on what to expect etc and getting well prepared in advance of your coming over. You will definitely find tons of helpful and useful information on the forum.

Don't worry so much about being a newbie. We were all at that stage once and survived.

You might find this excellent thread to be of interest and relevance to your intended work status - Help for Businesses/Freelancers in CH. It is long but I'm sure you will glean useful advice and tips from it.

As you already have a business, you might also find the attached start-up guide with info and tips on setting up a business in Switzerland of interest. It's in English and very informative.

Cheers and all the best.
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Hi Isha,

Thanks for taking the trouble to post the link to that thread. I discovered it yesterday and found it very useful - it showed how naive I'd been in just assuming Switzerland would be like other countries I've worked in.

Setting up my own company in Switzerland may be an option down the road, but in the short term the 10,000 deposit means it's not an option initially. This is the sort of information that makes these forums so useful.

Thanks again,
Ian
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