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Starting up in business and self-employment

The self-employed play a major role in Germany. Germany needs people with creative ideas who can develop new products, processes and services. A major problem when it comes to starting up in business is however the financial risk. This makes good preparation and adequate financial security vital. Make sure that you have all the information that you need concerning the conditions applicable to starting up in business to ensure that your business will be successful in the long term.

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The Residence Act and the Freedom of Movement Act/EU specify who, as a foreign national, may take up self-employment. Particularly if you are from a country outside the EU, you should make detailed enquiries about the laws that apply to you.

Support for entrepreneurs

If you would like to set up a business, you can apply for funding, e.g. from the Federal Government or from the governments of the individual Federal Länder.

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You can obtain further information in your area from:

  • the Migration Advisory Service for Adult Immigrants and the Youth Advisory Service
  • the employment agency
  • the Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • the Chambers of Trade.
Date 17 December 2015

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