Starting a business in Switzerland is relatively straightforward compared to many other countries – most information on the process of setting up a company and who you need to contact can be found online on the websites of the federal offices. Becoming an entrepreneur is not cheap though. Firstly, there are various administrative costs for the:
- Entry in the commercial register (from around CHF 120, depending on the type of company)
- Company foundation fee
- Notarial services
- Lawyers to draft contracts
- Patent registrations
These fees vary in Switzerland depending on the canton, which is why it is difficult to put an exact figure on them. Founding a simple partnership or a sole proprietorship is obviously less expensive than setting up a private limited company. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs has produced a clear table to provide an overview.