Become self-employed

Get started and become self-employed! We explain the necessary steps to become self-employed in Germany, which legal conditions apply and how to transform your idea into a thriving business. Regardless of whether you see yourself as a freelancer, small business owner or founder of a larger company, here you will find valuable information and assistance on the topic of becoming self-employed.

Freiberufler or Gewerbe? We explain!

Someone who wants to become self-employed in Germany has to answer quite a few questions...

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22nd November 2023 - Read in 7 minutes

Everything you need to know when starting a Gewerbe (trade)

Want to start a Gewerbe (business/trade)? Welcome to the self-employed club where you’ll get to...

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31st October 2023 - Read in 6 minutes

VAT ID: Working across the EU as a self-employed professional

If you are planning on starting your own business or want to expand your business...

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29th September 2023 - Read in 6 minutes

Freelancer skills: Which ones are essential and how to put them to use

As a freelancer, your work responsibilities extend beyond your expertise in your field. You also...

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Freelancer, Freiberufler or freie Mitarbeitender? – Find out what the difference is

Not sure what the difference is between Freelancer:in, Freiberufler:in und freie:r Mitarbeiter:in? These terms are...

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Net income for freelancers

For employees it’s easy: A quick glance at the pay slip is enough to determine...

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17th July 2023 - Read in 5 minutes

Get away from the employee mindset: 5 tips to think like a self-employed person!

As a self-employed person, you can set your own hours, work according to your own...

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22nd July 2022 - Read in 4 minutes

How to apply for a Gewerbeschein (trade license)

Registering a Gewerbe (trade or business) is relatively easy in Germany. Nevertheless, you should ask...

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7th July 2022 - Read in 4 minutes

Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung – VAT calculation

“In total, will you pay VAT to the Finanzamt this year or receive a refund?”...

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20th June 2022 - Read in 3 minutes
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