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Switzerland and self employment for EU resident

I am looking at the stickys etc but many are from years ago so I want to make sure i have up to date info.

I am a self employed person and looking to move to switzerland from the UK. So I will not be battling swiss people work. Are self employed people able to move to switzerland?

Or now is it a case of having a work permit for a company or nothing?

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I am looking at the stickys etc but many are from years ago so I want to make sure i have up to date info.

I am a self employed person and looking to move to switzerland from the UK. So I will not be battling swiss people work. Are self employed people able to move to switzerland?

Or now is it a case of having a work permit for a company or nothing?

thanks
Here's a fair summary of the situation: http://www.gruenden.ch/en/founding-p...iss-nationals/ ("Provided self-employed persons can supply real evidence that they exercise a self-employed activity, they are entitled to an initial residence permit (B-EU/EFTA).")
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Re: Switzerland and self employment for EU resident

Here's another link in addition to the one I PM'd you with. The old link didn't work as the website was being redone, but they've e-mailed with the new link info:

http://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu-gruenden...x.html?lang=en

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Re: Switzerland and self employment for EU resident

In my case, I had to present a business plan and proof that I had actual customers (in the form of contracts). This got me the B permit, tied to self employment*.

I'm EU-17, work in IT, and this was in Canton Luzern.

*) If, however, you later decide to work for a company as an employee, changing the B permit is a formality, so I was told.
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Here's another link in addition to the one I PM'd you with. The old link didn't work as the website was being redone, but they've e-mailed with the new link info:

http://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu-gruenden...x.html?lang=en

Hope this helps.
That site, essentially covering immigration and work permit issues, doesn't touch on the administrative burden. The implication is that the self-employment is in a service industry catering to Swiss endusers.

For many, depending on the industry and the target customer base, it may be easier to come to Switzerland as the representative of a firm set up in the UK or another jurisdiction where incorporation is easy and there are few tax issues. For a certain limited period, state pension and tax can continue to be paid to HMRC. Assuming the project is successful the business can be moved. Or, if the customer base remains abroad, the migrant can continue to work for a foreign firm and be taxed in Switzerland. And, if it's worthwhile, pay voluntary Class III NIC contributions. Other comparable possibilities exist with other countries.

That works for online businesses too.
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