Help for starting a business

Starting a business is one way you can employ yourself. If you are interested in entrepreneurship, you should familiarise yourself with the services for beginner entrepreneurs. Information and advice are easily available.

Advice and information on entrepreneurship

The national Enterprise Finland Telephone Service will advise you on matters related to setting up a business. You will get advice in a quick and easy manner; a business advisor can advise you, map out your situation, and guide you with the next steps. 

If you want to familiarise yourself with topics related to entrepreneurship, check out the Suomi.fi Web Service where you can find a lot of information about entrepreneurship. In the free My Enterprise Finland online service, you can draw up a business plan and test your business idea and suitability to become an entrepreneur.

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Start-up grant helps you get started

As a starting entrepreneur, you can receive a start-up grant if you meet certain requirements. With the help of the start-up grant, you will be able to cope better in the early stages of business operations when your company's income is still low. Read more about the Start-up grant service and its prerequisites and application instructions in its service description.

From unemployed to self-employed

If you are an unemployed job seeker and start a new business, the TE Office will not assess whether you are a full-time or part-time entrepreneur during the first four months of your operations. The assessment will only be carried out after that, so you may receive an unemployment benefit for this period. If necessary, the unemployment benefit can be adjusted to your income from your business.

If you are an unemployed job seeker and start a business, you can choose whether you apply for an unemployment benefit or a start-up grant for the first four months of entrepreneurship. You can receive an unemployment benefit if the labour policy requirements for receiving unemployment benefits are met. For example, you must apply for and be prepared to accept full-time work and keep the job search valid as agreed with the TE Office.

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Light entrepreneurs work without their own business ID

If you have a business idea but are concerned about administrative matters related to entrepreneurship, light entrepreneurship may be a suitable option for you. As a light entrepreneur, you invoice your work through a separate billing service, and you do not need to obtain your own business ID. There are different types of billing services, and some of them take care of not only invoicing but also of the entrepreneur's statutory obligations.

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