Starting a business when you return to Ireland
If you are returning to Ireland after living abroad, you may decide to work for yourself, rather than for an employer. Your knowledge and skills gained from life abroad can help you to succeed in the local economy.
This page has information on how to become a business-owner in Ireland, including guidance on how to write a business plan, hire staff, and manage your taxes.
If a non-Irish citizen is coming to Ireland to set up a business with you, they may need to apply for permission first. Read about coming to set up a business in Ireland as a non-EEA, UK or Swiss national.
The ‘Back for Business’ programme
Back for Business is a free development programme to help Irish citizens who have returned to Ireland to develop a business. The programme is funded through the Emigrant Support Programme by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Visit our page about the Back for Business programme.
Your guide to starting a business in Ireland
Whether you ran a business while living abroad, or you are becoming an entrepreneur for the first time, you can read the following information about starting a business in Ireland:
You must consider a range of financial issues before you start a business. For example, your tax responsibilities will change. You might also need a start-up grant or want to hire employees.
Read our information on:
You can find the representative body for your specific industry for tailored guidance and support.
If sustainability is important to you, see the range of supports available to make your business eco-friendly.
You can also contact the following organisations for guidance: