Starting a business

Tips from successful young entrepreneurs

Eliane Diethelm and Joanna Skoczylas have done it: The winners of the STARTUP.CH AWARDS 2010 explain in this short clip how they managed to set up their Little Black Dress fashion brand.

A step towards independence

Step by step to self-employment: PostFinance will support your company in its day-to-day business. As a new business founder and new PostFinance customer, you can benefit from many preferential terms and financial advantages.

The preparatory phase

Start-up help for company founders

As a young entrepreneur and PostFinance customer you can benefit from preferential terms for services provided by our partners STARTUPS.CH and IFJ (Institute for Young Entrepreneurs):

  • Free information sessions organised by STARTUPS.CH
  • Free courses on preparing to set up a company by IFJ
  • Business plan software (Business Navigator)
  • Startup-Praxis-CD-ROM (practical tips and tools)


The start-up phase

Setting up a company can be time-consuming. Below you will find details of three companies that can help and accompany you during the start-up phase.


Set up a company with

On you can find out more about starting your own business or actually set up a company directly online.

The advantages for you

  1. Set up your company quickly and securely guarantees fast and unbureaucratic processing of your start-up and stands by your side during and after the creation of your business.
  2. Tailor-made advice
    PostFinance offers you comprehensive advice on organising payment transactions, cash management and investments. provides support for all other aspects of starting a company.
  3. Save costs
    If you decide to open a business account with PostFinance through we will pay up to CHF 200 towards the cost of starting your business.
  4. Sharing experiences
    You can take part in the annual convention for young entrepreneurs and share your experiences with other company founders.
IFJ Startup Support

The place to go if you want to set up a company

With IFJ you can start your business easily and acquire essential know-how through free courses and events. You can also take advantage of business tools to accompany you on the path to success.

The advantages for you

  1. Set up your company easily online
    With the online start-up service you can set up your sole proprietorship, limited company (GmbH) or corporation (AG) quickly and securely from just CHF 350 in all Swiss cantons.
  2. Courses
    In three hours you learn how to set up a company, attract more customers or safeguard your financing. Or learn how to keep your administration and bookkeeping in check at all times.
  3. Securing funding
    With its Software Business Navigator, the IFJ can help you draw up a professional business plan or secure up to CHF 130,000 of start-up capital through its venture kick initiative.
  4. Successful growth
    The IFJ can provide you with the ideal business solution from ABACUS for billing, accounting and salaries directly over the Internet. As a start-up you can save up to 80%.

BusPro software

A simple, highly versatile business program for Swiss SMEs.


Address and financial accounting modules free of charge. Debit, credit, salary, order/invoicing, purchasing/warehouse modules for between CHF 250 and CHF 350 per module/year excl. VAT.
For example: all modules for a system with 5 workstations: CHF 2,000 excl. VAT for 12 months

Special offer

Order the "start-up package for young entrepreneurs" and take advantage of the entire business program for the special price of CHF 85 (for one year's licence) incl. VAT, installation, EPO set-up and brief introduction via remote support. The offer is worth CHF 1,550.

greenCube™ - free business software

Comprehensive business software specially designed for smaller businesses in Switzerland.


Financed by advertising, completely free of charge for users.


A modular booking solution for start-ups.


The cost depends on the number of modules you choose.

Special offer for new PostFinance customers: the software is free of charge (excl. set-up fee) for the 1st financial year.