More knowledge means better planning.

The more you know about your industry, the better you can plan the path to self-employment. Knowledge of industries will help to indicate whether and how you can make your business idea succeed. What legal frameworks exist in your industry? Does your industry have averages which help you estimate the typical sales and profit you might achieve?

The City of Munich’s information on starting a business provides important details about framework conditions, practical tips, and useful contacts in the city. The information is currently available in English for the following areas:

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How to start selling online: Before offering your products or services online, we recommend to clarify relevant legal and tax issues for your business.

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Food businesses

Food import, processing or trade Restaurant, café or catering: A lot of the relevant legal provisions relate to food safety, food hygiene, food labelling and the company’s operational self-monitoring. Apart from that there are specific requirements for commercial premises in which food is processed or stored.

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Can I start a business out of my home?

Many entrepreneurs start working from home and use a part of  their apartment or house for their business. You should inform your landlord about your plans. Also contact the Amt für Wohnen und Migration, the municipal Housing and Migration Office, whether you are actually allowed to use your home for business purposes or whether you need a permit to do so. If you are a home owner, you should also obtain approval for working from home in case of doubt.

You also need to consider building, fire protection, and industry-specific regulations such as requirements for practices and rooms in which some form of childcare is offered, or  food hygiene regulations for anyone planning to store, process or sell food.