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detail livingroom with sun (!!)

This photo has been taken in January already. It’s a corner of my living room with some nice sunlight shining in.
I haven’t seen any sunlight for ages here, i wake up every morning to a grey sky. Grey, grey, grey. So depressing.
According to the meteo news the other night, Potsdam ( which is not far away ) had 21 hours of sun this month so far. Not even a day.
This morning, after waking up and looking outside to find it grey again i was tempted to go straight back into my bed. But i didn’t. I got up, did some job research, applied for some open positions, got a call from an agency for a job interview tomorrow.
I just hope that i’ll get a new job soon, i’m going nuts without work. It’s not that i hang around the whole day, i do get stuff done that are in my pipeline for quite a while now, mostly admin stuff.

I do explore other options like becoming self-employed, but Germany is a administrative jungle for this, i’ve got to sort through that. I started working on a concept already last summer, so maybe this time i’ll take the jump. Maybe.

Anyone out there who has some experience of becoming self-employed here in Germany ? If so, please share your experience in the comments ( in english, german, french will be fine for me ). Thanks.

A serious Lack of Sunshine
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2 thoughts on “A serious Lack of Sunshine

  • February 19, 2013 at 20:25

    >I do explore other options like becoming self-employed, but Germany is a >administrative jungle for this

    Actually, it isn’t. As long as your profession isn’t one that requires you to register a trade (Gewerbeanmeldung), all you need to do is let the tax office know that you intend to be working as whatever. Best to let a tax adviser do this — s/he can also advise you on whether it would be more advantageous for you to get a VAT ID straight away or take advantage of the small business exemption (Kleinunternehmerregelung)*.

    That’s basically it.


    *The latter means that you don’t have to charge your prospective customers VAT but also means that you can’t claim back VAT on your own business expenses. Rule of thumb — if you intend to work mainly for other businesses, go for the VAT ID because businesses don’t care about VAT as they get it back. If you want to work for private clients, it might be worth it to wait on the VAT as you can sell your services 19% cheaper to them without it.

    • February 21, 2013 at 16:35

      Thank you for the advice ! I appreciate.


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