Start a business in Geneva

2. Prepare a solid business case

Regardless of the activity you are planning to develop, the first thing to do is to write a business plan. You will also need to check whether this activity is subject to a practice authorization.

Business plan

To ensure that your project meets a demand and market conditions, it is wise to detail your idea in the form of a business plan.

This document generally takes the form of a 10- to 30-page file. It describes the entire project of a company or a self-employed person project: the activity, the market, the marketing strategy, the human resources management, etc. It includes all programmed expenditures and resources planned for the short term (1 year) and medium term (5 years).

Writing a business plan helps to better structure your approach. This will allow you to identify existing or foreseeable obstacles or opportunities. It will help you to present your project to potential partners, suppliers or investors.

Authorization to practice

Before starting your business, you should check whether it is part of the professions or activities regulated at the cantonal or federal level and whether it requires a prior authorization request.

Regulated professions require, in particular, specific training validated by a diploma (e. g. doctor, engineer, taxi driver) or some professional experience.

The granting of the authorization is based on criteria such as the reputation of the operator, the implementation of a control or the existence of a numerus clausus.

I am not a Swiss national

If you wish to start a business in Geneva, do not have Swiss nationality and do not already have a residence permit, you must apply for a work permit.

Last updated
21 February 2020

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