Self-employment in Germany is complicated

Taking the step into self-employment in Germany can be an intimidating experience. Many aspiring entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed, inadequately supported and thrown into a complex system without sufficient guidance. I, Lucas, would like to explain why self-employment in Germany is so challenging and what obstacles prevent many from taking this path.


The legal and tax labyrinth

One of the biggest obstacles for self-employed people in Germany is navigating the complex legal and tax system. The lack of clarity can be very daunting, especially for beginners. Newbies often have no idea what to expect, and the process of registering a business is just the beginning of a long, confusing journey.

      • Complex registration process: The first step of registering a company can be confusing. Which authorities need to be contacted? How do you correctly fill out the necessary forms?

      • Tax confusion: The German tax system is notorious for its complexity. Why is there no automated tax system? Why is there no comprehensive advice to help new entrepreneurs?

      • Missing education: Important subjects such as accounting and tax law are not taught in schools, leaving many unprepared for the reality of self-employment.

    This complexity often deters potential entrepreneurs and makes Germany appear more like a country that favors employees rather than promoting the self-employed.

    The complexity of self-employment

    Beyond the initial legal and tax hurdles, there are many other challenges that make self-employment extremely complicated.

        • Need for a tax advisor: When do you need a tax advisor? How does accounting work? Many people feel overwhelmed and helpless when faced with these questions.

        • Confusing regulations: There are so many confusing rules and obligations that it's easy to lose track. It feels like you're stuck in an endless labyrinth with no clear way out.

      Lack of support and advice

      The lack of support from government agencies reinforces this feeling of helplessness.

          • Missing offers: There are hardly any offers that provide self-employed people with comprehensive information about their obligations and options.

          • Bureaucratic thicket: Bureaucracy often appears to be an impenetrable thicket that must be broken through without having a clear guide at hand.

        Conclusion: You have to do most things yourself

        Self-employment in Germany is associated with numerous hurdles and challenges. There is an urgent need to improve the framework conditions to make it easier for people to become self-employed.

            • More transparency: Greater transparency in legal and tax issues could help encourage more people to take the step into self-employment.

            • Better advice: Better advice and support from government agencies would be crucial to support self-employed people on their journey.

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