Setting up your own business is a good way for immigrants to find work in Finland. Finland is a good country for the entrepreneur, and a person who is starting up a new business can obtain help in many different ways.
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Setting up your own business is a good way for immigrants to find work in Finland. At the moment, there are around 6,500 businesses operating in Finland that have been established by someone who has moved from abroad. More than half of these businesses are based in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
You must do some calculations and prepare some estimates, establish your market and arrange finance before you start your business. Do you know Finnish law well enough? Also, consider whether you have the right kind of temperament to work as an entrepreneur. It will be difficult for you to work as an entrepreneur if you don’t know the Finnish language. Please consider beginning language studies as soon as you arrive in Finland. Also, think about whether you need to update your professional skills. Would a course for entrepreneurs help you at the outset?
Finland is a good country for the entrepreneur, and a person who is starting up a new business can obtain help in many different ways. Further information about the different aspects (business plan, risk management, marketing, bookkeeping, taxation, insurance, pensions etc.) of starting your own business are available in the “Becoming an Entrepreneur in Finland” guidebook, which has been produced and translated in ESF-funded Multicultural Business Services and Masuuni projects, which have been co-ordinated by EnterpriseHelsinki and Regional Enterprise Agencies of Finland.
Make sure you familiarise yourself with this guide and contact the business advisory services, which are free. In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, you can contact Enterprise Helsinki or the Vantaa or Espoo regional enterprise agencies. You can also find regional enterprise agencies elsewhere in the country, as well as regional development companies.