Can I work as a freelancer in germany?

10 October, 2021 Keith Pepper 6

Answers (6):

    16 October, 2021

    The Germanic country of Germany seems to be an exciting place for freelancers, not just because it has more than 81 million inhabitants. German companies rank at the top in terms of wage distribution. Employee compensation is determined by employees' contribution and profit gained by company--the social system guarantees that workers are protected from low wages or unfair work conditions, but that doesn't mean they're immune to criticism for some exploitative labor relationships. Germany ranked number one in quality of life surveys among European nations according to the 2014 Quality of Life Index published by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

    16 October, 2021

    Yes. If you are outside the European Union, the simplest way to work in Germany would be to establish a German company. Employees of that company can then work for it by being self-employed freelancers on a German contract, and they need no more paperwork than a passport with a visa or tourist permit. Being self-employed is also possible with both an EU and non-EU passport from inside Germany, but you have to have your own office space or provide services from your home residence. In this case you will need an Aufenthaltserlaubnis (temporary residency permission) issued by the local authorities where you live - so must register with them as CIE (= temporarily residing foreigner).

    16 October, 2021

    It is possible to work in Germany on a self-employed basis (i.e., freelancing) but the requirements of the local authorities must be met for this to be legally possible. Generally, you must obtain permission from your place of residence's district office before starting business there. Having said that, you can also get started gradually by "testing" your new profession via working for yourself during vacations/downtimes and seeing if it has potential after which time one could apply for approval.

    16 October, 2021

    The German welfare system guarantees a right to work. This is the legal possibility to earn money and take care of oneself and one's dependents. There are, however, some restrictions on people who without own fortune want to work as freelancers in Germany. The main condition for starting as freelancer in Germany that demands attention is that such persons must be registered as unemployed with the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). With this registration they have the job-seeker status necessary for going freelance or taking up a short-term occupation.

    16 October, 2021

    Yes you can, but be required to register as self-employed with the right authorities. This will enable you to make use of medical benefits and other types of provisions like unemployment protections. Freelancing can be very advantageous because you are your own boss. But make sure to check the laws of your country on taxes and shirking (i.e., not logging hours for yourself or owning more than 10% equity in a company that relies on freelance workers) before making hasty decisions.

    16 October, 2021

    Generally, yes. One has to register with the local authorities. There are certain regulations about the type of freelancing work offered. Freelancers can offer their services in Germany without limitations or requirements for registration to make payments in form of fees, salaries, commissions etc., but obtaining a VAT identification number is very important not only because it gives them access to all business-related discounts and income tax deductions that are administered by this authority but it also qualifies them as being self-employed which may have legal implications when there are other members in the team who are employees of said company.