Do you have an Unfallversicherung? If not that’s the first step you will have to take.
I would start and look how things evolve, worst case you will have to get in touch with the authorities once you cross the 10k threshold. This allows you to grow slower and you dont have any “pressure”.
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It’s great to hear that you’re looking into starting a plant production and sales business in Switzerland. While I can provide some general guidance, it’s important to consult with a local expert, such as a lawyer or accountant, for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
As you mentioned, the first step to establish your business would be to register it as a secondary freelance activity with the AVS (Alters- und Hinterlassenenversicherung, or Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance) and obtain an IDE (Identification des Entreprises) number. This will enable you to legally start your business.
Regarding the costs of declaring yourself as a freelance, there may be some additional expenses to consider, such as:
1. Taxes: As a freelancer, you’ll need to report your income and expenses on your personal tax return, which will determine your tax liability. Keep in mind that the tax rates can differ depending on the canton where you’re located.
2. Social security contributions: As a freelance, you’ll need to pay social security contributions. However, since you’re already contributing to the AVS as an employee, you might not need to pay the full amount. You should verify with the AVS office whether the minimum of 150 CHF per semester applies in your case.
3. Insurance: Depending on your business activities, you may need to consider obtaining additional insurance, such as liability insurance.
4. Professional fees: If you decide to work with an accountant, lawyer, or other professionals, you may incur fees for their services.
5. Business expenses: These include any costs associated with running your business, such as marketing, website development, inventory, and equipment.
Since you expect your revenues to be less than 10,000 CHF this year, you might not need to register for VAT (Value Added Tax), as the threshold for mandatory registration is usually 100,000 CHF in turnover for businesses providing goods or services within Switzerland.
It’s important to note that the information provided here is general and might not cover all specific details of your situation. I highly recommend consulting with a local expert to ensure that you comply with all the necessary regulations and requirements.
Best of luck with your entrepreneurship journey