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STARTING BUSINESS IN POLAND - Internet site of hand-made and not only, clothing


Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #1
So, I wanna to open a nice site of exclusive clothing, maybe part of them hand-made. With shoes and accessoires. All the goods may be ordered, so it'll be not a real shop - no rent, BUT there will be a warehouse for some goods, but not large, so it'll probably rent a 2-roomed flat, 1 room for living and 2nd room will be some kind of warehouse. I almost do not know polish - but I can learn it.. I'm 21 years girl, from Belarus, Minsk. So what documents I exactly need for starting my business and how much of taxes should I pay as a foreigner?... and If I have no ability to live in Poland the whole year, just coming from time to time, but wanna to pay all the needed taxes. maybe I'll come for learning polish language for being there not just from time to time. I have experience of that business in Belarus and it's rather sucessful. Help me please to learn about it, if links r attached - more thanks)

P.S. but the only city I wanna to live or study in is Gdansk
ismellnonsense
25 Jan 2013  #2
So what documents I exactly need for starting my business and how much of taxes should I pay as a foreigner

do you have the karta polaka
if not
starting a business will be difficult and time consuming
golas - | 21
25 Jan 2013  #3
why not sell online? for example on mybaze and see how it goes.

If you do not have karta polaka starting business in Poland is more expensive.

Without karta polaka you can start limited liability company in Poland but I do not think it will be suitable for you at this point.

Alternatively you can find a polish business partner. I have business partner in Belarus and we have transport company in Poland and Belarus. If you wish he can call you and explain your options. He is form Belarus.

Do you have polish visa?
OP Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #4
Polish visa is not a problem, but I do not have any relatives registered from Poland - that means that I'm not able to get karta poljaka, yes?

I can learn culture, language, everything, but have no relatives..
phtoa 9 | 236
25 Jan 2013  #5
Why not just register the company in your home country?
As this is internet based you can still live in Poland but have the company registered in Belarus.

But maybe since they are not part of the EU there would be some barriers? Not sure about this.
OP Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #6
So that's the trouble - if i'll register it in Belarus - I may have some limits about everything.. I wanna to pay taxes to poland - that's the only meaning.. And I do not know if it s possible to register in Belarus and to pay taxes to poland? though all the commercial activity will be made in POLAND.
phtoa 9 | 236
25 Jan 2013  #7
Actually bad advice from my side ;-)
Starting up in Poland when selling to the Polish/EU market would probably be alot better/easier in the end.

Without knowing to much, but I believe you can just set yourself up as a Sole trader in Poland?
Try to look it up.
OP Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #8
Yes, sole trader will be the best variant, cos I'll work on my own, sometimes paying for the administrator of the site - but he is not full working, just rarely if smth happens wrong, probably I'll have also a courier, or delivering by post on my own )

And! If i'll register as a sole trader - so what documents I should have?... and anyway - will it be possible to live in Poland if I ll be registered as a sole trader?

really - for living there I even can go to the University for courses of polish or smth like that. Will it be possible to register everything that if I'll be studying on such courses? Is it possible to get polish nationality, maybe with limits, but anyway - IF I'll BUY A FLAT THERE or another "nieruchomość"?
phtoa 9 | 236
25 Jan 2013  #9
And! If i'll register as a sole trader - so what documents I should have?... and anyway - will it be possible to live in Poland if I ll be registered as a sole trader?

A little out of my range.
Perhaps some of the usually very helpful people on PF will reply to ya.
Anyways, best of luck with it!
OP Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #10
Anyway thanx a lot ) Will be waiting) If u'll have someone to help me - please send me contacts, if possible, skype or fb - just anything - Great Thanx for that too )
cristophercoll - | 9
25 Jan 2013  #11
from where u will bring the clothes ? and what brands ?
OP Emilija 1 | 8
25 Jan 2013  #12
most of them r hand made, some of them r from japan and Korea)
Paulina 9 | 1,448
27 Jan 2013  #13
Emilija, if nobody will be able to help you here then try this forum: rosjanie.pl/forum/

It's a forum for Russians living in Poland but Ukrainians and Belarusians write there too so maybe they'll be able to give you some information and help. There are sections like, for example: "РАБОТА В ПОЛЬШЕ / Бизнес / Экономика / Торговля" and "ЗАКОНЫ (ПМЖ, ВНЖ, репатриация, визы, таможня, документы)".

Удачи :)
OP Emilija 1 | 8
27 Jan 2013  #14
Thanks a lot! ) If anyone will be able to help me with my question - please contact me by the skype: la_solitude_
Will be very pleased.thanx a lot for ur answer)
ismellnonsense
27 Jan 2013  #15
will it be possible to live in Poland if I ll be registered as a sole trader?

in a nutshell

you cant start as a sole trader
not without either the karta polaka or eu citizenship

you can only start a limited liability company
which is expensive
time consuming
and full of bizzare regulations

not recommended
OP Emilija 1 | 8
27 Jan 2013  #16
R u sure about that? I've heard more positive information..
golas - | 21
28 Jan 2013  #17
you can open limited liability company online.
Minimal share capital is PLN 5000
Lawyers charges from Euro 1500- Euro 3000 depending on registration.

minimal ongoing costs are:
- virtual office (approx. Euro 400 yearly)
- accountant (approx. Euro 125 netto monthly)

CIT

19%
and other taxes.
ismellnonsense
28 Jan 2013  #18
R u sure about that? I've heard more positive information..

positive

non eu nationals generally cannot register as self employed in poland
there are exceptions
such as karta polaka holders or those resident for family reasons
or americans
but not belarusians

Lawyers charges from Euro 1500- Euro 3000 depending on registration.

not in the real world
perhaps on pf when youre trying to exploit foreigners
but not in the real world

- virtual office (approx. Euro 400 yearly)

not in the real world
can be done for much less if you shop around
OP Emilija 1 | 8
29 Jan 2013  #19
And will it be rentable if i'll ask a polish to register a company on his name and then just to buy controlling interest of the company.. Will it be normal?
Sameersam743
15 Feb 2014  #20
My problem is such similar to like you. But I have one solution. I will let you know. Send me request on skype:- sameersam743


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