How to start a business?

This is how to start a business in Finland the easiest way.

 When you register your business activities in Finland you may become a self-employed sole trader (Toiminimi in Finnish) It is is a form of company in which all contracts and commitments are made under the person who owns it.

Therefore the sole trader also bears responsibility for all his or her activities. Further down in this article you will find all the basic information about how to start a business as a light entrepreneur. Registering and setting up a business is not difficult in Finland, but it is laborious and time-consuming. Also, adding a business name to the trade register can take up to months. is an easier way to set up a business! offers an easier and faster alternative. Light entrepreneurship is an alternative to owning a business.  Because as a light entrepreneur you use’s business ID.  So you decide on your own work and price it yourself. handles all the paperwork and bureaucracy for you for a small commission.

You can read more about how being self-employed gives job opportunities in Finland and about UKKO´s invoicing service for freelancers by clicking on the words. Light entrepreneurship is an alternative to owning a business, but you still run one yourself.

Legal Obligations may be a challenge.

Many people share their dreams, but the path to becoming an entrepreneur may not be easy. There are a lot of legal obligations and things that need to be taken into consideration before a business can start. Check out the forms further down on this page. It shows you the advantages of running your business as a light entrepreneur.

Whether you decide to work as a sole trader or light entrepreneur you need to think about your business concept and business idea. Based on these ideas, you should develop a business plan to structure and plan the profitability of your business. Scroll down and read more!

Why is an easy way to start a business in Finland?

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Business IDYou must apply for a Business ID from PRH and wait for it to be accepted.No business ID needed, you can start right away!
InsurancesAgree on insurances with insurance companies takes care of accident and liability insurances
AccountingYou must take care of accounting yourself or make a contract with an accounting company. For example paperwork or accounting. We take care of the bureaucracy.
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RemindersYou take care of sending reminders and debt collection if your client doesn’t pay.Automatic reminders. We also take care of debt collection if needed.
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When is the right time to register a business?

If a person intends to operate as a sole trader in order to gain an economic benefit from his activity, he must register his business in some form with the taxation authorities.

Registration with the Trade Register is not always necessary, but a Trade Register notification is required for all traders who are licensed or have a separate business. The use of assistants other than spouses or family members shall also be considered as a requirement for notification.

If you are planning to apply for a start-up grant, you should not start a business until you have received a decision from the TE Office to grant the start-up grant.

If you do not want to set up your business right away, you can easily test your business idea using This gives you the opportunity to test whether you have enough customers and how being self-employed suits you. Starting your own company later is always possible when you’re ready for it.  You can read more about being a light entrepreneur at


Where do I register?

Once the entrepreneur has identified the need to establish a business, he or she has a few options for doing so.

It is possible to file a notice of incorporation in the Trade Register at least at the National Board of Patents and Registration, ie the NBPR, the registry or by applying for the form to be filled in at the nearest registry office.

A simple alternative is also to print the notice on the website of the National Board of Patents and Registration at Creating a business name online is also possible today.

If you are uncertain about setting up a business, you can discuss it with, for example, the authorities of the Employment and Economic Development Office.

There are also companies in the market who, for a fee, handle all the documents related to the new company, such as the basic business name in the trade register. These companies are easy to find, especially on the Internet.



What does it cost to start a business?

Before the company name is registered to the Trade Register, a processing fee must be submitted to the National Bank of Finland’s bank account.

The cost of setting up a business is € 110 (the cost in 2019), and a receipt for the payment must be attached to the notification. So be sure that the business registration fee is paid before the notification.

However, the cost of opening a business can be higher in practice because, for example, if you do not keep the accounts yourself, you will have to pay the accounting firm for the accounts. In addition, for example, insurance may come at a cost.



How do I choose a business name?

It is up to each trader to decide on his or her business name. However, it is limited by the fact that business names of the same name may not already be found in the trade register. If you find it difficult to find a suitable name, you might want to look at the list of companies in the Trade Register to see what style names usually look like.

At the same time, you may also notice if the name already in your mind is already in use. This is at the same time a preliminary investigation of the name, even though the final investigation is being carried out by the Trade Register. If it seems difficult to come up with a name, a popular way is to associate your own name with your company form.

The company name should always be used in the form in which it is entered in the Trade Register, which also recommends that you follow the Finnish spelling rules.

More information on choosing a name and related guidance can be found on the website of the National Board of Patents and Registration at After registration and approval of the name, the trader has the exclusive right to the name throughout Finland.

Do I need to protect my business name?

Registering a business name in the Trade Register is the most effective way to protect your business name, as there cannot be two companies with the same name in Finland at the same time.

The trade register carefully examines the backgrounds of each business name before they are admitted to the register. This research will take some time, which is why it is not worthwhile for a new entrepreneur to promote his or her own brand name or to commission promotional items for it until the name is actually verified.

When a company name is registered in the trade register, it also protects it, for example, if someone tries to register a fi-domain name with the same name.


Payment and accounting concerns to consider

Company money and own money should be kept separate. So it is recommended to open a bank account for the company. Often an entrepreneur also needs a billing program and a payment terminal.

An entrepreneur is accountable. If the entrepreneur himself does not have accounting knowledge, it is worth outsourcing it to an accounting firm. Please note that even if you outsource accounting, it is always the entrepreneur who is ultimately responsible for it.

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