In this post we have had the opportunity to talk in a widespread way about the difficulty of those who do business in Italy: bureaucracy, taxes, labor costs, infrastructures etc. Today we take up part of this discussion but we do it to focus on a particular aspect which is that relating to the start-up costs of the business.

Attenzione perché, è bene specificare, non parleremo qui dei costi legati all’acquisto di beni e servizi funzionali alla vita ed ai processi stessi dell’impresa. Per intenderci: è chiaro che se decidete di aprire un’impresa che produce pane dovrete acquistare impastatrici, forni ed affittare locali adatti all’uopo. Ma questi sarebbero costi che, praticamente in misura simile, andreste a sostenere in qualsiasi posto voi sceglieste di aprire l’impresa stessa.
Quello di cui invece parliamo qui sono i costi che possiamo definire, se possibile, “più antipatici” nel lancio dell’impresa stessa perché legati a tasse, permessi ed autorizzazioni. Veri e propri “pizzi” che gli aspiranti imprenditori devono pagare per realizzare i loro progetti e che, cosa ben più grave, vengono pagati sin da subito indipendentemente dalla fatto che poi l’impresa faccia o non faccia reddito.
Per spiegare quali sono i numeri in gioco abbiamo deciso di utilizzare questa infografica realizzata dal Fondo Monetario Internazionale e che fotografa la situazione al 2020 (nel 2021, per inciso, le cose non sono cambiate).

Well guess which nation, among those analyzed, is at the top of the list as the one in which the highest costs are incurred for the launch of a new business in Europe? Obviously Italy and, in this case as in others, it is a record that we would gladly do by hand.

The fact is that today, according to the report, the cost of launching a company in Italy is close to 5,000 euros. Following Italy we find the Netherlands and Austria in which, however, these costs settle at less than half, or 2200.

Now, if a cost of 5,000 euros can be taken into account after all by those who are preparing to open medium-large businesses, at the same time this cost becomes an "outgoing" impediment for those who want to start small businesses and who, rightly, will think twice before putting 5000 euros on the plate just to cover the administrative costs related to the launch of their business.
Think, for example, of social security costs: if you decide to open a personal business (therefore the smallest possible one) in Italy, you will have to immediately pay 3000 euros to INPS as a share of contributions. And the beauty (in an ironic sense) is that this expense will be incurred even if, at the end of the fiscal year, your business will have a negative balance!
But since in this blog we deal with those who want to do business in Bulgaria, we cannot avoid evaluating the costs of launching a business in this country.
These are negligible costs, around 63 euros, which make Bulgaria together with Romania, Croatia and Slovenia at the bottom of the report's ranking. In practice, it is possible to say without fear of denial, that the opening of a new business in Bulgaria is at no cost.

Another incentive to do business in this small, fast-growing country, which is added to the low levels of taxationwe have already talked about in the past (10% tax without increasing brackets) for both individuals and legal entities.