The greatest part of getting a job done, other than your own internal satisfaction, of course, is getting paid to do the job. If this is your first time writing an invoice in Germany then this is what you need to know. With my experience, every agency/ employer asks for something different on the invoices you send them. Some want a breakdown of the tasks you’ve performed and for some, it’s enough to simply have the name of the project. There are some things that are a must on any invoice! Those are: Name and Address Bank details Bank Name and Account holder IBAN & BIC number Account and Bank number Bank account holder The name you have used to register your bank account Tax number International VAT number If you have one The agency’s name and address Invoice number Name of the project and total number of hours worked Price per hour 19% VAT tax
There are two things that I have had some agencies ask for and others tell me it was completely irrelevant for them to include: Social Security number This statement: Steuerschuldnerschaft des Leistungsempfängers VAT as charged due to the application reverse charge regulation (Art. 21 Abs. 6)
At the end of the day, invoicing your employer would be something you have to adapt to their needs and their accountants bookkeeping methods. The accountants there are your best friends and they want you to get paid, too. So, a little word of advice: Go, introduce yourself and show them a copy of your invoice before you have to give it in. They’ll let you know if something doesn’t work for them, and they’ll love you for it. You’ll be saving them some hassle in the future.
What to expect in terms of workload:
Some agencies tend to hire a freelancer to fill a role in a certain project. The great thing about working for an agency is, there is a huge possibility you could get hired for a certain job, but if you’re good at your job, you could be asked to take on more work from other projects in motion. At the end of the day you could end up working on three different projects, each with a small role, or you could end up working on a single project carrying a large load. It depends on your qualifications, your passion and your multitasking ability.
I say this from experience, the more varied you are in skills and abilities, and the more dedication you show in your work, the more trust the agency will have in you in return. Eventually, the more work they will give you. Not only will you gain experience on a variety of different projects, you will be gaining a long-term employer. When you are trying to fish through the job market in Germany, it’s a great thing to already have a long-term employer on your side, who you know will always give you a good supply of work to do on a regular basis.
If you’re reading this, then you’ve reached the end of this post and you now know all you need to know about freelancing full time. It’s a hassle, but if you’re well prepared before going in, then you’ll be on the same side. Happy freelancing!
Author: Nour Tawfik