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Founding a new company

Most people who decide to work on a self-employed basis found a new company. This offers the advantage of allowing the founder to implement their own ideas. It means, however, that you will need to think about your business very carefully. Make sure to assess whether your business idea really is promising. Also, make sure to give an honest answer to the question of whether setting up a business really matches your personality.

Founding a company while working (part time)

You may decide to initially work on a part-time basis only. As an employee, you have the right to do additional work in your spare time – but depending on your contract, you may need to consult your employer first. Setting up a part-time business is an interesting approach for students, too. Additional information on this kind of startup is available on the Startup Portal.

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Germany Trade & Invest

iQ Fachstelle Migrantenökonomie (Center for Migrant Economics)

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