Specific Issues

We offer additional information on selected topics, giving you an overview of legal and tax issues as well as useful contacts for more detailed information.

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Sideline business or part-time start-up

Self-employment while already employed, studying, caring for a family, retired or unemployed? A sideline business (“Selbstständigkeit im Nebenerwerb”) is subject to the same rules as a full-time start-up. There are particular issues to consider regarding employment law, social security, and tax requirements (“Kleinunternehmerregelung” or “provision for small businesses”).

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International topics

When it comes to doing business internationally, you need to check what tax and legal regulations apply. There are many factors to consider if your business operates beyond German borders.

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Residence permit

Citizens of non-EU/EFTA states must check whether their residence status/permit allows them to be self-employed or whether they need to apply for an additional permit at the Foreigners Office.

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