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Setting up your business: A step-by-step guide

Following your application for recognition, you hold refugee status in Germany and have one of the following residence permits: § 22 clause 2 German Residence Act (AufenthG); §22 clause 3 German Residence Act; § 23 para. 2 German Residence Act; § 25 para. 1 German Residence Act; § 25 para. 2 German Residence Act; § 26 para. 3 German Residence Act or § 26 para. 4 German Residence Act. You can become self-employed in Germany. Here you can find out the criteria that you need to meet. Once this box has been ticked, you can find out what you need to do to turn your idea into a business. There are three key questions that need to be answered:

  • What do I need?
    We tell you which documents, permits and authorisations you need to become self-employed, and where you need to go to register your new business. There is also a "Business plan" section, which shows you how to write your own business plan.
  • What's next?
    Even when you have obtained all of the required permits and authorisations, and have drawn up your business plan, there will still be a few things to take care of when it comes to making your business idea a reality. Here you can find information about important insurance policies, about dealing with staff, and about key marketing principles. You will learn what you need to consider when it comes to bookkeeping and which taxes you will need to pay.
What's next?

Keywords: insurance, dealing with staff, marketing principles, tax and bookkeeping, contract law

Contact persons

Dr. Ralf Sänger

Dr. Ralf Sänger
IQ Fachstelle Migrantenökonomie
+49 (0)6131 9061855

Rainer Aliochin

Rainer Aliochin
AAU e.V.
nbelievably and suddenly our friend and colleague Rainer Aliochin died on Thursday 23.07.2020.