Settle in Germany - the easy way

No matter what your reasons are for moving to Germany, knowing the ins and outs of getting set up properly right from the start can save you from a lot of bureaucratic hassle and headaches further down the road.  

In order to make the process of relocating and getting on your feet simple, we've created our comprehensive online video seminar "Getting Started and Finding a Flat in Germany" - to help take the guesswork out of the required steps and avoid common pitfalls along the way.

The German requirements can seem very daunting, as there are numerous documents required and offices to visit, but Expath simplifies the process by providing detailed instructions for how to complete the steps and in what order.

- Braden C.

  • Getting Started & Finding A Flat
  • Childcare in Berlin
  • Freelancing in Germany
  • Getting your Freelance Work Permit
  • Getting Your Freelance Artist visa
  • Finding a Job in Germany
  • How german grammar works

Freelancing in Germany (2019 Update!)

1. Overview of workshop topics

2. (Self-)employment, freelance, or Gewerbe

3. Business types - sole proprietorship vs. company

4. Getting a tax number and creating invoices

5. Income tax - who pays what, when?

6. VAT - who pays what, when?

7. Health insurance - the public and private systems

8. The social insurance system & Künstlersozialkasse

9. Other  insurances - liability, renter's, and more

10. Creating a budget & calculating your rates

11. Protecting against 'Scheinselbständigkeit' 

12. Making a contract, dealing with non-payers

13. Special points about company name & website

14. Special points about email marketing

Downloadable Resource:

(PDF) Freelancing Checklist and Resources


Complete access to this workshop for 90 days

19.99 EUR

Complete access to all workshops for 90 days

119.94 EUR 39.99 EUR

Complete access to all workshops for 180 days 

239.88 EUR 49.99 EUR

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My first days in Berlin were a little bit terrifying (even though I had lived in another German city already), so the "Getting started in Berlin" workshop was definitely a great way to start getting things done. It's only been 4 days since the workshop and most of my legal obligations have been accomplished already. [...] I can now say I feel confident to start my life in Berlin. Thank you!!!!!

Julia S. - Berlin