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 his or her 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.
Foundations beside the job (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.
BMWi Overview: Legal structures
The most important criteria for choosing your legal structure (English, German)
Types of new business (English)
Information for freelancers (German, English, French)
iQ Fachstelle Existenzgründung (startup competence centre)
Here, you will find comprehensive information on setting up your own business (English, German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Russian, etc.)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 17: Existenzgründungen durch freie Berufe (business startups by freelancers)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 11: Rechtsformen (Legal structures)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 26: Erlaubnisse und Anmeldungen (permits and registrations)
Germany Trade & Invest
Portal on investing in Germany (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)