Running a sole proprietorship

There are no laws which govern how you should organise and run a sole proprietorship. As the owner of a sole proprietorship, you represent the business externally, and no distinction is made between the sole proprietorship's finances and your own personal finances.

Running a general partnership or a partnership with joint liability (ANS/DA)

The partners' meeting is the supreme authority in a general partnership and consists of the partners. It is the partners who can collectively make decisions at partners' meetings concerning any matter. The partners can also opt to establish a board, which will be responsible for running the company between partners' meetings.

Operation of associations

An association is self-owning and it is the articles of association that establish the framework for the way in which an association must be organised and the rules that apply to the association.

Practical board work

The board and work on the board constitute more than just a mandatory task, and an efficient board can be a resource for the organisation. It is therefore important to be aware of how the board should be composed and what competences the board members possess. This text has been written for the work of boards of private limited companies, but is also ideal for use as a starting point for corresponding work in other organisational forms.

Budgets during the operational phase

Once you have got through the initial start-up phase, it can be a good idea to set further targets for your business and plan what you will need to do in order to achieve these targets. Budgets are a useful tool in this context.

Statistical obligations

Statistics Norway (SSB) has primary responsibility for preparing official statistics in Norway. Most surveys are conducted monthly, quarterly or annually.

Tax conversion

Sole proprietorships, businesses assessed as a partnership, co-operatives and NUFs (Norwegian-registered foreign companies) which carry on activity in the sense of the Tax Act may, subject to certain rules, be converted to a private limited company tax-free. The conditions for tax conversion include a requirement for the limited company to be newly established, the limited company to take over the assets and liabilities of the existing enterprise and the enterprise that is converted not to be closed down or cease operating before the conversion.

How do you notify a change of address and other changes?

If there are changes to the information recorded about your company in the Brønnøysund Register Centre (company name, board of directors, bank account, and more), you need to update the information by submitting the form, Coordinated Register Notification ("samordnet registermelding"), in Altinn. That way, many public authorities will receive knowledge of the information. Some changes can only be made by submitting specific forms directly to various public authorities.

Ban on discrimination againstcustomers

Anyone who sells goods or services in Norway is required to promote equality and ensure that they are not guilty of discrimination. Businesses may not refuse to sell a product to someone or deny someone access to a service without an objective reason.


All businesses that collect and use personal data must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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