How do I become self employed in HK

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    How do I become self employed in HK

    I have recently moved to Hong Kong and I am a sports consultant (Marketing & Events). Having spoken to a couple of companies I believe the best way to start out for myself is to freelance with 2-3 companies (i.e. 2 days with one 1 with another etc)
    I am married and my dependent visa is in process. My husband works in HK an has a HKID card.

    My question:

    How do I become self employed in Hong Kong?

    Would appreciate the basic, straightforward answers.

    Thanks


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    Basic, straightforward - don't apply for a job at any other company. Open your own company either Limited, Partnership or Sole Proprietor. Then network, network, network...


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    Hi,

    Your first step will be to register your business. All the information you need is here.


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    Well, I guess first step is to wait until you have your dependant visa, then off you go!!


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    Register as sole proprietor. Get some business cards printed. Get an a4 page with relevant information on it for prospective clients. Network at sensible event and/or schlep around every gym etc trying to get some clients. Good luck.


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    Many thanks to all the quick replies. I thought there was a difference between working as a freelancer and setting up a company as a sole proprietor.

    I assume from the information you guys have given me that in order to be self employed you have to set up a business and work under that name to do biz in HK?


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    Alternatively you can just work part-time for different employers if you don't want to set up a company.

    Depends why you want to be self-employed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixster:
    Many thanks to all the quick replies. I thought there was a difference between working as a freelancer and setting up a company as a sole proprietor.

    I assume from the information you guys have given me that in order to be self employed you have to set up a business and work under that name to do biz in HK?
    If you work as a freelancer you still have to pay tax. Even if you don't need a company you need to register as a sole trader/proprietorship, it's like that in every country I've been to anyway.

    Of course, you can choose to pay tax as an individual when you are a sole trader so in the beginning you'll likely pay no or very little tax.
    Last edited by bryant.english; 26-10-2011 at 11:15 AM.

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    I accept I have to pay tax, for now I want to work for a couple of companies for a couple of years and establish myself, if I think that what I can offer can become a company entity then I will pursue this and set up a company but for now I want the flexibility.

    Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vixster:
    I assume from the information you guys have given me that in order to be self employed you have to set up a business and work under that name to do biz in HK?
    I think you've mis-understood the answers you have been given. Registering as a sole proprietor is basically registering YOURSELF as self-employed. It's about tax. It's NOT a business, which is different and much more complicated. You can't just be a freelancer without either - you need to be sole proprietor for tax reasons. Name can just be your name.

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