You’re ready to pack the chattels, say goodbye to bosses who do not appreciate you - and make the move to working for yourself. What do you need to know to make that transition as easy as possible? Well, you can definitely start with arming yourself with all of our blog posts about getting started as a freelancer or self-employed person in Germany - which we have talked about here)! And of course, familiarising yourself with the German tax law and things like VAT and your obligations in relation to what kind of business you set up is a major, precursory step that needs to be dealt with and again, is one we have covered on the blog here (because, you know, we are indeed a bank account and service designed to help you and your life!). These are the kinds of steps which are unavoidable, daunting, challenging and often incredibly sobering. We recommend these bureaucratic steps are taken before you even consider the transitional factors and tips we will discuss today. So, let’s assume you’re awesome and totally onto it and have all these boxes checked and balanced, and offer some more holistic advice about the transition from employment to freelance or self-employment.
First, we understand that for some freelancers, they actually have decided to work for themselves due to a lack of opportunity in their field or a sudden firing. We do understand that not every freelancer or self-employment situation is a person who is ready to stick it to the man and begin a whole new life. What we do hope however is that the tips we share today will in some direct or indirect way be applicable to the circumstances you have personally and are at least a foundational jumping point for you to start to plan (or live out) this transition. So, we have come up with a list. Let’s get started.
Heading: Adjust your attitude and expectations of ‘’working’’
Yes, we are really starting off with the most existential and humanised concept to make our first transition tip. The reality is that coming from a situation where your start and finish times, and break times, are dictated to you can really impede a more individualised approach to working. Similarly, even the amount of hours you expect from yourself and the rate of your work output needs to be readdressed. But here is the cool thing - it is totally up to you what this redefinition looks like. Maybe you’re happier doing 30 hours over three days, then two half days? The point is you get to decide. But the broader point is also: changing your attitudes and expectations can make it a lot easier to adjust to the self-affirming nature of working for yourself.