Set up as a sole trader

Are you interested in setting up as a sole trader (enskild näringsidkare)? As a sole trader you work for yourself and there is no requirement of a start-up capital. Read more about setting up as a sole trader and how to register with Bolagsverket on this page.

Normally it is voluntary to register as a sole trader with Bolagsverket, but there are exceptions. Read more about whether you must register or not under the heading Obligation to register.

If you want to protect your business name you must register it with us. Read more about this under the header Register business name and activities.

How to register as a sole trader

  1. Apply for registration
  2. Submit additional details, if necessary
  3. Bolagsverket registers the sole trader

1. Apply for registration

Use the form Registration as a sole trader, number 903 e, to apply for registration of a sole trader. If the sole trader registers with Bolagsverket, you gain protection for the business name in the county of registration.

Apply online

If you have a Swedish electronic identification, you can apply online for registration as a sole trader. Please note that the information in the e-services is in Swedish only.

If you register online you can apply for an F-tax card and register for VAT accounting with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) at the same time.

2. Submit additional details, if necessary

If something is missing in your application, you might need to submit additional details to Bolagsverket. At verksamt.se you can read and reply to emails from us.

3. Bolagsverket registers the sole trader

Bolagsverket decides to register the sole trader. Before registration Bolagsverket will, among other things, make a decision as to whether the proposed business name of the sole trader can be approved. Our processing time is normally about one to two weeks. When the sole trader business has been registered, we will send you a certificate of registration in Swedish.

Register with Skatteverket

A sole trader must register with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). You need a Swedish personal identity number or co-ordination number when registering as a sole trader in Sweden.

Do you need a permit?

Use the website verksamt.se to find out whether you need permits or not. There may be requirements for you as a business owner, for your premises or for the business itself.

Do not order printed material before your business name has been approved

Make sure you do not order a domain name or printed material such as business cards, signs, etc. before we have approved and registered your business name.

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