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The path to self-employment - first steps

Der Weg in die Selbstständigkeit – erste Schritte
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You are considering becoming self-employed? Learn, what you should ask yourself!

If you have a business idea, you should create a plan, how you want to achieve your revenue and attract customers. Inform yourself thoroughly.


This is what you should ask yourself:

  • Is self-employment really the right thing for me?
  • Do I have enough expertise?
  • Do I have experience in the field of work?
  • Where do I get support? Are others standing behind me?
  • Do I have the ambition and enough stamina for the project?
  • Do I get along well with stress and strain?


This is what you have to consider:

  • You will not receive a regular salary, and must negotiate your payment yourself
  • Although you can take a holiday at any time, you have no paid vacation or sick pay in case of illness .
  • If necessary, you have to pay business tax and take care of health insurance and retirement plans yourself.
  • Under certain circumstances, you have to pay fees to the chambers and trade associations.


This is what you should bring along:

  • economic, legal and tax expertise
  • industry knowledge
  • Basic understanding in areas of management, communication and strategic planning


Many aspects of self-employment can you acquire through trainings, consultations and coaching. A diverse range of training programs offer e.g. the Industrie- und Handelskammern (IHK) or the Handwerkskammern (HWK). What are the contact points for company founders to your residence, you can find out under

Published: Mon, 01/09/2014 - 12:30

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