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:

Financial considerations

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:

More information

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.

See our list of websites, Government departments and agencies with information to help you start a business in Ireland.

You can also contact the following organisations for guidance:

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland,
East Point Business Park
The Plaza
Dublin 3
D03 E5R6

Tel: 01 727 2000

Companies Registration Office

Bloom House,
Gloucester Place Lower,
Dublin 1,
D01 C8P4

Opening Hours: 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 4pm, Monday-Friday
Tel: (01) 804 5200
Locall: 0818 452 000
Fax: (01) 804 5222

Workplace Relations Commission - Information and Customer Service

O'Brien Road
R93 E920

Opening Hours: Mon. to Fri. 9.30am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
Tel: (059) 917 8990
Locall: 0818 80 80 90
Page edited: 6 November 2023