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Being your own Boss and employee in Switzerland

Hi can someone direct me?

I have been in Switzerland for 6 months now and have my B permit.

Now, I would like to find out, If i want to work for myself like for example bake cakes or clean houses ext. without employing anyone else. Im doing ALL the work, will it be possible?

I know that i am not alowed to start a buisness until i have been living in the country for a certain amount of time, but if its only me doing the work and having no employees then does it still count as starting a Buisness?

This might sound stupid because either way it is a buisness but im not in charge or responsible for the salaries of others but my own.

Please if someone can help me with advise, and please i need advise not smerky comments, this is a actual concern for me to also bring in money and taking the stress of my hubby for taking care of both of us on one salary.

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Your nationality is probably the key here (which you haven't told us). EU should be no problem, non EU is a different matter
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Re: Being your own Boss and employee in Switzerland

If you and your husband are both South African then the answer is most likely no.

Do check what your permit says about working.
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I was born in South africa, My husband was born in Swiss so he is a swiss and im south african and have been here for 6 months on a B permit
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Re: Being your own Boss and employee in Switzerland

Can't help, but bookmarking this page as I may look to freelance temp (PA / admin / document work / English teaching) when I get back from travelling next year. Not sure how easy that's going to be but I'll look into it.

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Re: Being your own Boss and employee in Switzerland

thanx i will def do that,
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I was born in South africa, My husband was born in Swiss so he is a swiss and im south african and have been here for 6 months on a B permit
Yes, but there should be somewhere on your permit something that says whether you're allowed to work or not. "Sans lucrative" or "sans activite lucrative", i.e. not allowed to work, is the French phrasing; I don't know the German equivalent.
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Re: Being your own Boss and employee in Switzerland

Mit or Ohne Erwerbstätigkeit is likely to be the wording. I would check with the canton Migrationsamt; if your husband were EU you'd likely have the same rights as him and it wouldn't be a problem but I'm not sure about with a Swiss spouse.

In any case, your entire argument about "not really being a business" is a little... hmm, delusional is the only word that comes to mind but I don't want to be as harsh as that. The fact remains that if you are earning money without working for an employer, then by definition it is a business and the only issue is corporate form. In the situation you describe, you would have an Einzelfirma and you need to contact the SVA about social security (regardless of whether you register the Einzelfirma with the Handelsregisteramt). But that's a step down the road - first call the Migrationsamt and check your situation (or get your husband to do so). I can hardly imagine you won't be allowed to work at all as the spouse of a Swiss, but you may not yet be allowed to become self-employed
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