How to start a business in Italy? Steps and options
Italy’s market is an interesting place where to start a business. As it has the 3rd largest economy in Europe and the 8th in the World. Moreover, its strategic position, from a geographical standpoint, facilitates trade between Northen Europe, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, making Italy a wonderful place for one to expand or start an international business. If you are wondering if you can start a business in Italy, we suggest you consider the steps below as they may be helpful.
To start a business in Italy, is important to define your activity. What is your business about? What kind of structure and mission does it have? If you, your business model and your goals line up with the Italian’s, let’s get into it!
Define the type of business you want to set up
Italy offers different options to start your business. It is necessary to identify the existing category your business will fall under. This depen upon its size, function and budget.
Choose the type of company
To set up your business, it is necessary to define the type of company that is the best fit for your needs.
Limited liability companies
S.R.L. And S.R.L.S. are the most common types of limited liability companies in Italy and they allow for the highest level of flexibility for the founder(s).
Founders (or some of them) have unlimited liability towards creditors and need to use their personal assets to pay the debts and obligations of the company.
They are “for-profit” companies that, at the same time, achieve one or more beneficial purposes.
These are the easiest and fastest way to start a small business in Italy. The owner is the only one responsible for the enterprise.
Innovative start-up company
These are companies whose core business consists of the development, production and commercialization of innovative goods or services of high technological value.
They are foreign “units” of the mother company. They are not a separate legal entity and are considered permanent establishments subject to taxation in Italy.
They are fixed places for promotional, advertising activities, collection of information, scientific or market research.
Discover more on all the types of companies you can set up in Italy.
Check your permit requirements
To open a business in Italy as a foreigner, you should know that there are no specific limitations regarding most nationalities, when it comes to opening a company in Italy. Director/Shareholder do not need to have Italian residency, supplying an ID or vaild passport is sufficient.
However, if you are planning to move to manage your business locally, do not forget to obtain a legal permit to live and work in Italy. Discover more on our immigration services.
Understand the time frame
How long does it take to register a company in Italy? The time frame for a foreigner to set up a company (including obtaining VAT and opening a bank account) is approximately 5-6 working days from the day in which we start the incorporation procedure. The timeline may vary according to the type of business you need to set up.
Be aware of the challenges
Bureaucracy, despite what is said about its complexity, can be easly overcome by good preparation, clear ideas and a professional support. The best way to set up your business smoothly is to rely on local support.
Ask for local professional support
Our team of lawyers provides legal assistance for setting up a business in Italy and many other related services. You can benefit from having a single provider for all the diverse needs of your company, from setting up a business to tax, accounting, payroll and immigration services. Contact us.