Good advice can help contribute to your business success. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to get support from an expert.
In Germany, there are many public information centres that can help you set up your own business. You can also find a general list of contact persons on the start-up portal.
The Authority Finder (Behördenwegweiser) will also tell you which information centres are available in your area.
You can also hire a private consulting firm to help you prepare and embark on your first entrepreneurial steps. Some German federal states provide grants towards the costs incurred for this advice. It is important that your place of residence and your company’s registered office are in Germany. The start-up portal will tell you where to apply for this grant.
Please note: You would be well advised to make sure you are well prepared for the consultation. Don't be afraid to address business topics directly; in Germany, people tend to prefer dealing with concrete questions rather than excessive small talk.
Advisory services for entrepreneurswith a migration background
Addresses of regional and nationwide information centres specifically for entrepreneurs with a migration background can be found on the start-up portal under “Advisory Services and Addresses”.
The Specialist Office for Migrant Economics of the IQ Network also provides information and start-up support for people from abroad.
Support for female entrepreneurs
Women planning to start up a business will find information on funding and networking on the start-up portal for female entrepreneurs.
As an entrepreneur, you will need business knowledge. Do you lack expertise in this area? Or you would like to refresh your knowledge? Then we advise you to consider further training. In seminars, for example, you can learn the basics of bookkeeping and accounting.
There are many different organizations offer further training courses throughout Germany. Above all, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Chambers of Crafts (HWK) offer seminars on business start-ups in your area.
Getting help after the start
Even once you have actually set up your business there are also many consulting opportunities. An expert can help you optimise your business processes and improve your business management planning. An initial overview of the various offers available can be found on the Business Portal of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Germany offers great prospects for internationally active companies planning to expand into Germany by setting up a subsidiary or branch office. You can find detailed information and support on this on the website of Germany Trade & Invest.
BMWi Authority Finder
BMWi Overview no. 58: Where can I find a suitable German course?
iXPOS – The German Business Portal
BMWi - Gründer Plattform