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Before you decide to start your own business

You want to start your own business, but are wondering how to do it? We will try to help you and show you the necessary steps

You want to start your own business, but are wondering how to do it? We will try to help you and show you the necessary steps.

Before you decide on an adventure with your own business, you should answer a few important questions. If you are an employee, consider whether it will be more profitable to start a business. Find out what the costs of running a business will be in comparison to a full-time job.

You also need to determine how much money you need to have to start your business and when it will become profitable. The business plan will help in this.

Think about whether you want to run a business on your own or with a partner. This is one of the most important decisions you will have to make right from the start. Your duties as an entrepreneur will depend on it.

Below you will find a list of the most important things you should keep in mind before making a decision about your company.

What you should be aware of before deciding to start your own business?

Think about whether it pays off to set up a company and whether it will be profitable.

If you are working as an employee and are wondering whether it would be more profitable for you to switch to self-employment, check the costs and responsibilities related to your business. Business plan will help you estimate your operating costs and profits.

Get business advice

Before you start a business, use the help of experienced entrepreneurs and experts. There are a lot of advice centres and programmes for new businesses - take advantage of them! An example is the Academy of Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP). If you are unemployed and thinking about your own business, contact your employment office.

Check if you need to register your company

It is not always necessary to register a business. Check out where you should start a business. If you do a small business and your income does not exceed 50% of the minimum wage throughout the year, you can run a so-called non-registered activity and do not report it to the office.

Independently or with a partner? Choose the appropriate form of activity

Are you able to finance the start of your business on your own and are you sure that you will run it efficiently? The choice of the form of business (e.g. self-employment or partnership) is one of the most important decisions when establishing a company. If you set up a partnership, the profits and liabilities will be distributed to the partners. Before you set up a company, learn about the types of business you can do and the differences between them (taxes, liability of partners, accounting, social security).

Find finance to start your business

Before you start, consider whether you have sufficient funds to start your business, purchase equipment, goods, pay your employees. You don't have to fund your business entirely with your own money. Funds for start-up are offered, among others, by employment offices, but also by institutions running programmes for young entrepreneurs (e.g. Support for Start). You can also benefit from EU funding.

You do not know how to start and run a business? Take advantage of the ready-made solutions

If you want to start your own business, but you have doubts whether you will be able to run it well, you can use ready-made business models, such as franchising or agency activity.

I know what kind of company I want to run, what next?

If you have already selected a company type and you want to prepare for the registration of a company, see:

. There you will find information about the next stages of setting up a company, i.e.:

  • preparations for registration (e.g. choice of form of taxation, PKD code, company name)
  • company registrations
  • post-registration activities (e.g. application to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), opening a company account, obtaining necessary permits)

You can also go to more detailed information about the different types of companies.

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