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Guide to Starting a Business in Portugal

Staff Reporter | 2:57 AM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.


Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Portugal. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Choose a pre-approved company name1 dayincluded in procedure 2
2Register at the one-stop shop1 dayEUR 360 or EUR 300 (depending on whether the company’s object is IT or IT related or not) at the one-stop shop and EUR 180 online (www.portaldaempresa.pt)
3Register with the Social Security Regional Center1 dayno charge
4Report to the Labor Inspectorate1 dayno charge
5Register for the workmen's accident compensation insurance at a private insurer1 dayno charge