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Become independent with a sole proprietorship

Before the foundation of a sole proprietorship, various aspects must be taken into account for preparation. We show you the most important points.

Become independent with a sole proprietorship

Become independent with a sole proprietorship in Switzerland!

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Checklist - The most important steps before you become self-employed

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We show you the most important steps how to prepare yourself optimally for professional independence and what you should consider before you become self-employed. If you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact our Costumer Care Center.

Company name

The company name must contain the family name in the case of the sole proprietorship and may be extended by further factual and imaginative designations. However, it must correspond to the facts and must not give rise to any deception.

Company name Sole proprietorship

Company purpose

You must define in your own words an appropriate purpose for your sole proprietorship before you start it.

Company purpose Sole proprietorship


Before founding your sole proprietorship, determine where the registered office and thus the domicile of your company should be located.

Domicile sole proprietorship


No minimum capital is required for the sole proprietorship.

Capital Sole proprietorship

Signature authority

If you have a sole proprietorship, you must obtain the authority to sign for your sole proprietorship in order to establish it.

Signature authority Sole proprietorship

Value Added Tax

The sole proprietorship is subject to VAT if the expected turnover exceeds CHF 100,000.

Value added tax Sole proprietorship

Pension fund assets

When setting up a sole proprietorship, you can withdraw your pension fund assets in advance if you can prove that you are self-employed.

Pension fund assets

Promotional material

Create your company logo, business cards and stationery.

Promotional material Sole proprietorship
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How can I best prepare for professional independence?

Preparation with a sole proprietorship

Create a business plan sole proprietorship

Create a business plan

With the free business plan software you can easily and conveniently create a business plan for your company. If you wish, you can then have the business plan checked by one of our specialists.
Find a trustee

Find a trustee

Our partner for fiduciary matters is Findea AG. At you can easily and online obtain an offer for keeping your accounts, preparing pay slips, filling out tax returns and many other fiduciary services.

Findea AG is represented by 10 branches throughout Switzerland.
Trust experts

Trust experts

It is essential for you to seek advice from an expert on this aspect of the start-up process. Like this you will not forget anything and there will be no problems with the authorities. We therefore recommend the foundation of a sole proprietorship via
Acquire know-how

Acquire know-how

When starting up their own business, company founders usually have questions about the appropriate legal form, liability, company name, AHV/IV/EO, the commercial register, taxes (VAT) and much more.

The experts at STARTUPS.CH will provide you with the basic knowledge on the most important topics relating to the founding of a company in the course "Founding a company".
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