Before you start

It is important to inform yourself about fundamental aspects before starting your business so that you can make decisions. On the following pages you will find helpful information for your first steps in self-employment, and everything about starting a business from A to Z.

With “Gründen in Berlin - das kleine 1x1 der Gründung”(Starting a Business in Berlin – A Beginner’s Guide) you have an initial compact overview of all of the important points to be considered when starting a business.

The “Gründer-ABC”(Start-Up ABC) has answers for all the important questions. Here, you will find everything from A to Z, covering subjects as diverse as the distinction between commercial enterprises and freelance professions and branch offices.

Our guide "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Business Foundations"gives you an initial overview of the different ways to become an entrepreneur and of the factors which should be considered.

Deutsche Gründer- und Unternehmertage (deGUT)(German Founders’ and Entrepreneurs’ Days): From analysis to target groups – at the annual deGUT in Berlin there are comprehensive, practice-oriented seminars, workshops and forums on all aspects of self-employment. 

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs also offers a lot of information and support instruments on the The most important information can be found in the founders’ brochure"Starthilfe" (Start-Up Help from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs).

The“GründerZeiten” (Founders’ Times) series of publications is suitable for more specialised issues.