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As a sole trader (self-employed) you run and are responsible for the business as a private person. No starting capital is required for sole traders. You need to register your business with the Swedish Tax Agency. You may also, but do not normally, need to register with the Swedish Companies Registration Office.

Company registration

1) Tax registration

When starting up as a sole trader, you need to apply for F-tax and VAT registration and, where relevant, register as an employer with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). You can use our online service to apply for this permit. Your business will be identified by your personal ID number. If you do not have a Swedish identity number, you are to apply for registration by submitting the SKV 4620.

Register F-tax and VAT (apply online)

SKV 4620

2) Register a name for your business (optional)

As a sole trader you can register a name for your business with the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket). This is not a requirement, but is a good idea, as it gives you exclusive rights to the name in the county where you will be operating. You can use our online service to apply for this permit.

Register sole trader (apply online)

3) Other permits or applications

There might be other permits or registrations that you need to consider when starting your business.

In our service Find permits you can find permits by category or in our list from A to Ö. You can also find information on permits and registrations which are specific for a certain profession.

Find permits

Do you have a Swedish identity number?

If you have a Swedish identity number and e-identification (e-legitimation in Swedish) you can use our e-services on verksamt.se (Mina sidor) for company registration. However, these are only available in Swedish.

Go to e-services for company registration (in Swedish)

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