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Registering dogsitting as business

Hello all...

I am starting to make around CHF4.000/month with dog sitting.
I have B permit and it is attached to my spouse who owns C permit.
Do you know if at some point I should register it as solo business? Is there any problem of not doing it? Any recommendation?

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Re: Registering dogsitting as business

I can't speak to the admin side, but I would recommend researching liability, and liability insurance, as you decide whether you would be better off in that regard as a business or as a private person.

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Re: Registering dogsitting as business

Wow, 4,000 a month from dog walking? Nice!

Maybe you could go to your "Gemeinde" and see if they have some advice.

(P.S. That rhyme was unintentional. ).
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Re: Registering dogsitting as business

I'd say yes, since you should be paying taxes, insurances, pension contributions, etc, out of that income.

https://www.ch.ch/en/becoming-self-employed/

https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...-national.html
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Re: Registering dogsitting as business

One argument for becoming a business:

Customers with needs similar to mine (mutts who need special care, either medical or behavioral) tend to put a premium on professionalism. I prefer to engage a sitter who is doing this as a serious business, who has 'skin in the game' so to speak, rather than someone dabbling in dog walking as a side gig, as too many of the latter seem to be unreliable.

If you are looking to grow your clientele, setting up as a professional business goes a long way to get a foothold in one of the more lucrative segments of the market.

Not to mention, many owners prefer the client/service provider relationship to that of employer/employee with all the paperwork hassle.

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Re: Registering dogsitting as business

Dependig on the number of dogs you have you actually need to attend vocational education to stay legal. How many dogs do you sit per day?
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This has been covered in other posts, but to recap:

The BLV document "Fachinformation Tierschutz
Anforderungen für die Betreuung fremder Heimtiere" lays it all out.
I can't link directly as it is a pdf, but put the title into the BLV site search function to bring it up.
https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/de/home.html


Under federal regs, anyone in charge of more than 19 dogs in a 24 hour period needs to have the eid. Tierpfleger diploma.

Anyone in charge of more than 5 dogs in a 24 hour period must have the FBA.

Both of the above require registration with the cantonal Veterinäramt.

Those taking on 5 or fewer dogs at a time do not need a specific federal education, rather one needs the same education a dog owner is required to have, either under federal or under cantonal regs.

(As 2017, there is no longer a federal requirement for owners, but be aware that could change in the future.)

Additionally, one needs to check all the cantonal regs to see how they might impact your business. For instance, BE limits the number of dogs that can be walked at one time, other cantons do not. There may be BSL restrictions applying to those who care for a BSL dog. As always, check with your cantonal Veterinäramt.

It should go without saying that anyone offering commercial care for dogs must know, and follow, all aspects of federal and cantonal law and communal regs.

And that anyone using the services of a commercial provider or employing a dog carer should of course ensure that the person they have entrusted their dog to is following all the applicable regs.

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