How can I start a real company

Starting a Company: How To Do It And What You Should Know

Your business idea is really picking up speed and you are wondering if you should start a company? You finally want to get out of the daily routine of being an employee and do your own thing? Starting a business can be the way to go.

Find out if starting a business is an option for you. Is it worth. Is it even legally justifiable? Is there already competition? Many questions arise. I will answer some of them for you in this post.

Do I really have to start a company?

The question of all questions at the beginning is always whether a company is really needed. In other words, isn't your job a freelance? Only certain professions are recognized as freelance work.

In the end, only you can tell whether you really have to start a business. Because it is always a question of self-attribution.


If you create websites, you can position yourself as an agency (business required) and as a freelancer.

When should I start my company?

If you really want to start a company, you should choose the timing consciously. Many preparations do not yet require a budget and are therefore not business-relevant. And small expenses can also be financed privately before registering a business. However, as soon as you act a bit more professionally, e.g. addressing your first customers, making large investments or concluding contracts, you should deal with the business registration

Where can I register a business?

You can get your trade license from the trade office. It sounds like a lot of effort, but it is usually not. Just drop by, briefly explain what exactly you want to do and register a suitable trade with the help of the advisor.

However, a fee is due for this. It varies from city to city, but is often less than € 60.

You can find more information about business registration here.

Do I need a business license?

You need a business license for certain professions. This regulation serves the protection of the consumer as well as the maintenance of the profession. Imagine anyone could become a pharmacist, pawnbroker, or tax advisor.

These industries would immediately lose seriousness and quality. Therefore, it is essential to check beforehand whether what you are doing requires a business license!

Which type of company is suitable for me?

There is no general answer to this question, so an always appropriate one: It depends!

The limited liability UG is very popular with founders because it is relatively easy to set up and does not require huge start-up capital. Nevertheless, the UG functions as well as the GmbH as an independent legal person. This can be an advantage, especially in liability matters.

The best way to find out which type of company is most suitable for you is to speak to a tax advisor. He will be able to give you tips and hints that will pay off later!

Where can I find other founders & startups?

There are different places where you can find people in the same situation or with a start-up interest. Especially on Facebook Many founders, startups and those willing to found a company cavort in the corresponding groups.

I have selected some of them for you:

In addition, there are other groups on the subject of “Startups” and “Founders” for almost every major city. Just search ‘with the appropriate search terms.

On too Xing are there suitable groups:

Here, too, it is worth using the search function!

The groups are not only useful to ask questions or get further opinions, but also serve to network with each other and thus offer you many opportunities to position your company right from the start.

Another starting point are Communities, like Let’sSeeWhatWorks, in which young founders, startups and online entrepreneurs exchange ideas and help each other.

You're sure to find one on too event in your area who is dedicated to the topic.

Accounting & Co.

When you start your company, you ideally create a setup that can scale with your company. It starts with marketing tools, continues with communication and collaboration tools and ends with accounting.

With FastBill, the accounting grows with your company!

Get started for free and write your invoices online, record receipts and later hand everything over to your tax advisor. This not only saves you time, it also saves your nerves - because when you start a company, they are already stressed enough 😉

Julian Moeser
Julian is Content Manager at FastBill and regularly posts tips and tricks for everyday work in small companies and startups.

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