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setting up office - any advice

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  1. barramac

    barramac DI Member

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    hi
    i am setting up a small tech based business over the next month or so. it will be in the dumaguete area. can anyone give me some advice about the unexpected occurences like
    - "special payment" to local government,
    - staff expectation in comparison to westerners,
    - registration processes
    - banking problems
    - office rentals
    - etc

    thanks any advice / insight would be greatly appreciated
     
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    RHB DI Senior Member

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    Quite honestly if you do not already know the answers to these questions you will be longer than a month setting up. I would suggest going to city hall, ask the procedure for getting all the required permits, seminars, tax office, Bir, etc. set up, they will set you straight...
     
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    RHB is right, go to the City hall get your business permit application, DTI for business name registration/seminar,BIR/seminar other clearances it will take a while. A
     
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    welcome to dumaguete, hope u will have fun processing your papers. Paid everything on city hall cashier window, I tell you something when I did mine I encounter some people work on city hall with tin can under there table, (not in dumaguete city hall) to put money on then hide it again. Its not a surprise it happen twice on different place when i did my business license.
     
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    barramac DI Member

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    thanks

    thanks for the advice

    some more questions
    - what time period does it take to register and what extra payments were involved
    - can u operate while the business licences are been processed.
    - are business registrations easier in sibulan or valencia.
    - i can operate under a european business for a while

    thanks
    barry
     
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    Business registrations are probably easier outside the city, but from what I understand if you're going to have an office in a particular city-you need a business permit etc there.
     
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    As a business owner in Dmgte the smartest thing that I did was to hire an older very experienced bookkeeper. She has taken care of almost everything, knows the in's and out's of the bureaucracy here. She just does it all for us, it is rare that we will ever have to deal directly with any problems, and it is quite inexpensive
     
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    thanks just a dude

    the bookkeeper route seems to be the only way as the business admin is very time comsuming. can i a ask if the business is registered in your name or in a locals name

    thanks
     
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    as a foreigner you can't own business on your name, but there are options what your bookkeeper or attorney can explain to you...
     
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