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This guide is about working for yourself in Turkey.
It is often difficult for a foreigner to find legal employment in Turkey and so the obvious question arises as to whether, if you can't work for somebody else, you can set up your own business and work for yourself.
The short answer is: maybe.
There are two ways of working for yourself. The first is as a self-employed person. You work in your own name (rather than by setting up some business entity to deliver your service) and you are taxed on the profits you generate.
The second is to set up a company (owned either by you alone or by you and other people) and then for you to work for that company.
In both cases you are, in essence, your own boss and your income depends upon the profits from your own labour.
It is, realistically, not possible for most foreigners to become self-employed in Turkey. But it is possible for them to set up a business and then work for it. See our Guide to Starting a Business in Turkey.
That business does not need to be a limited company or, indeed, anything fancy. It merely needs to be a tax registered business.
Well, this was a short guide. Please follow it up by reading our other work and business guides - or by contacting me - so that you can find the best option for working in Turkey.
|Turkey Country Guide
Essential facts and figures about Turkey
|Starting a Business in Turkey
How to set up your own Turkish business
|Employment Law in Turkey
Rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Başak Yıldız Orkun 26 June 2017
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