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The trip that landed me here, introducing myself, began by reading a thread having to do with working in CH/ZH or maybe Basel-Stadt. And what one needs to do to freelance.

If I cast my increasingly feeble mind way back when, to the time that I faced this and there was NO nice bilateral agreement of any sort in place, the thing to do - IF YOU INDEED HAD AT LEAST a B PERMIT - was to go to the Handelsregisteramt in your neighborhood and register your company. Permission takes a bit of time, but once registered, you can do your thing. This certainly applies today to anyone from the EU and it applied then to me - an American who had been in CH for maybe a year.

You may also need to apply to the Feds for a VAT/MwSt number if you are providing services that yield an annual turnover that lies above a specific sum.

So, that having been said - here I am, 30 years and 3 apartments (all located in the heart of the city of Zurich) later. Still running my company, still sort of hustling (with longer holiday breaks, though) and still glad I did it, cuz it seems to have gone smoothly from the logistical and legal points of view.

Certain things just don't pay off that well, though: large adverts on posters don't work unless your budget for such runs into the several thousands of francs. A pricier ad in the telephone book doesn't pay for itself unless you are doing something quite sexy. Networking through organizations you feel comfortable with DOES work, but can take lots of time. Making "cold contact" (only to a specific person) can pay off - but only if you have a very interesting hook. Semi-tailored, semi-mass mailings CAN work out if you address them to individuals in decision-making positions. And so on. That's the contents of my nutshell at the moment. And never forget that, unless you have a large business requiring many meetings, an overly-busy business card is not necessary. You can be reached by email and by phone. Maybe via your website. Your invoices contain your snailmail address (and a small "thank-you" object).

And now over to other people. Cuz, setting up, getting going and keeping going takes ongoing effort over the years. Along with the odd bit of re-invention-within-the-concept sort of thing.
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That was a rather long introduction, too bad you haven't returned since! Welcome to EF! (Can't welcome somebody to Zurich who has been longer here tan I ). Maybe you should head over to the Business & Entrepreneur area, where your experiences would be more welcome!
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