A stitch in time saves nine. Here's everything important you need to know if you want to kick off your self-employment.
The right time for self-employment? Now.
Gain more professional and creative independence, be your own boss and flexibly manage your time: Whether side hustle or full-time business, become a part of the freelancer journey.
Be your own boss
Checklist: Self-employment 101
Lay the foundation for lasting success. Tick off the steps you've already completed to get additional advice.
How do you acquire customers, which services do you offer and which billing model enables you to scale your business? Your business plan should address these questions.
When self-employed, health insurance is key. In many cases, you can opt for either public or private health insurance.
If you're freelancing or self-employed, you must have a tax number (easy to confuse with the personal tax ID). You can apply for your tax number either through your tax advisor or online via ELSTER.
Separating your business income and expenses from the private ones helps with bookkeeping and makes it easier for you to save money for tax payments.
Start business banking without a tax number
You don't need a commercial tax number to open a Kontist business bank account – your personal tax ID is sufficient.
How much income tax do you have to pay?
As a self-employed person, you have to pay income tax in almost every case. Our income tax calculator shows you what tax rate you should expect. This way you can set aside enough money right from the start.
The taxator is an easy to use wage calculator for the self-employed, which allows you to calculate your estimated income tax rate in minutes.
Banking and Bookkeeping
Physical and virtual Visa Business Debit Card
Unlimited SEPA transfers and direct debits
lexoffice "Rechnung & Finanzen" plan included
Keep your monthly bookkeeping under control
Missed your VAT advance payment? Filed your tax declaration "a little bit" too late? Had to correct your P&L statement for the third time? This has happened to all of us. To avoid this in the future, you can either use smart tools or hand over your financial bookkeeping and all tax-related questions completely.
Monthly bookkeeping, recurring tax questions, communication with the tax office and so many rules to consider... sounds like the need for a digitally supported, personal tax advisory.
Kontist Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH takes care of your financial bookkeeping, tax declarations, advance VAT payments and P&L.Get more info
If you want to take care of your bookkeeping and taxes yourself, Kontist's digital business bank account with integrations to your favourite bookkeeping tools is here for you. Learn more here.
Learn together, grow together
Exchange and networking is especially important to the self-employed. Not only professionally, not only for inspiration, but also for the social context and input.
More than 700 members are waiting for you
Join our Facebook community and get connected with other digital professionals.
- Meet other freelancers
- Connect, get input and tips
- Ask us questions and get feedback
We're constantly working on new features that will further simplify the lives of self-employed digital professionals. See here what's coming up next and let us know if there's anything you're missing from the app.
Now available: Invoicing Tool
Create invoices directly in your Kontist web app. Always keep your overview because incoming invoices are marked automatically, receipts assigned and overdue invoices shown at a glance.
Now available: Category for reverse charge
Create a separate category for reverse charge in intra-european exchange of goods and services.
Now available: Transactions with missing receipt
See at a glance which of your transactions are missing receipts and attach them easily. Only available to Tax Service customers.
Now available: Apple Pay
Pay conveniently, contactless and fast with your smartphone and Apple Pay.
Scan documents and receipts with your smartphone and upload them directly in your Kontist app. Only available to Tax Service customers.
Entrepreneurship is for everyone - this is the mission of the Kontist Foundation for Citizen Entrepreneurship. The Kontist Foundation supports exchange and free work in the areas of community, entrepreneurship education and lobby efforts. Especially in these challenging times.
- #selbstwasmachen community
- Events and meetings
- Mentoring program
Community, entrepreneurship education and lobby efforts for the self-employed and free work models
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