How can you start a business?

Founding a company: an overview of the most important steps

Before you start: don't forget your planning!

Before you start the authorities marathon, there are a few things to consider that are often forgotten: location, external appearance, employees or even the first business stationery. Plan the successful start of your company in great detail before setting up your company.

  • Location for setting up a company: Whether it's an office, shop or restaurant for setting up your company: you make the choice of location.
  • Home office, office or coworking space? Here you will find our advice on the topic of offices.
  • Corporate Identity: The right external image for setting up a company: design, communication, price information, invoices, contracts and terms and conditions
  • Employees when starting a business: Selecting and registering employees: you have to pay attention to this after setting up your company
  • Business equipment for setting up a business: Office furnishings, company cars, hardware and software as well as leasing for business start-ups

If you're not ready to start your business just take a look at our guide to planning your business start-up.

Step 1: get approval and permission

Depending on what you want to do for yourself, you may need permits and approvals or you may need to prove certain qualifications to set up a business. You have to contact various authorities such as the building or health authorities. A proficiency test or instruction at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry may also be required to set up a company.

You can find out more about this in the Permissions section. In every federal state there is a single point of contact who will support you with all aspects of formalities when you set up your company. If you would like some basic information on the subject before setting up your business, click here.

In which area do you want to start a company?

We have created extensive guidelines for the successful establishment of your company for individual areas. We also offer free checklists to download. Just click on the area in which you want to start a business.

Step 2: Formally found the company

Depending on which type of company you choose, a partnership agreement and a visit to the notary are mandatory. Since the type of company is relevant for many questions (such as taxation), you should inform yourself well in advance and check whether you have really chosen the right company form for your project.

Registration of your company

Regardless of whether it is a trade office, IHK, chamber of trade, commercial register or tax office - whether you are a sole trader, a GbR, GmbH or a freelancer, if you want to set up a company or become self-employed, there are many reporting requirements to be met when setting up a company. In the section Registering a company, you can find out which offices or authorities you have to do what as a start-up when setting up a company.

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Step 3: The opening of your business account

The establishment of the company is usually followed by the opening of a company account. Freelancers and sole proprietorships can choose between an inexpensive checking account and a business account. Partnerships and corporations should open a business account.

For corporations, they are only able to act when the share capital has been paid into the business account, the notary confirms this and the company registers with the commercial register.

You can find out what else you should know about business accounts (and the associated choice of your house bank) here.

Which company account is the perfect match for your company? We have put together suitable, free business accounts for founders and the self-employed.

The right business account

4th step: Don't forget to have health insurance!

When founding a company, it is also about avoiding risks to self-employment. For many risks that you cannot control, there is insurance so that the financial impact does not mean an early end to starting a business.

Some insurances are compulsory - such as health insurance. Here you can choose between statutory and private health insurance. As a first step, we recommend comparing the tariffs of the private health insurance, in order to then compare the preferred tariff of the statutory health insurance.

As far as operational risks are concerned, you should first find out which insurances make sense for your industry - conduct a free needs analysis.

When starting a business, you can choose between statutory and private health insurance. Take the opportunity to think about a change. Private health insurance is often more cost-effective for (young) self-employed people - however, switching back to statutory health insurance is often not easily possible.

5th step: Register property rights

If you are setting up a company, first check which property rights you can assert for products, inventions or your logo when you set up your company. The domain or the company name must also be secured when setting up a company. As a business start-up, read more about important property rights when setting up a business.

Step 6: Set up accounting & tax planning

The subject of taxes and finances is of great importance when starting a business. In addition to financing your business start-up, there are also numerous other financial and tax law issues that are important when starting a business.

It is also important, for example, to set up the accounting correctly from the start and to plan for tax prepayments. As a rule, it is advisable to work with an experienced tax advisor who can relieve you of the two topics of bookkeeping and taxes.

You should leave the bookkeeping and tax return to an experienced tax advisor. So you can fully focus on your company. This not only saves you a lot of time, but ultimately a lot of money.

Outsource accounting and tax returns

Over 100 tips for a successful start-up

Would you like to start a company? We have put together over 100 tips for you: from the business idea to the business plan to the first steps as an entrepreneur: our start-up tips.

10 practical steps for a successful start-up

What is important when starting a business? We have put together 10 important steps that you should consider for your start-up. This includes, for example, topics such as full-time vs. sideline, permits, registering companies and the actual start of the company. Read more about the 10 steps to starting a business.

10 answers to common questions

When starting a business, many questions are sure to come up. We provide you with answers to questions frequently asked by founders! Click for the 10 questions about starting a business.

And what happens after the company is founded?

Starting your own company is a challenge. But after the successful establishment of a company, you are faced with new tasks as a start-up. After setting up the business, you set the business plan step by step, you have to master crises and aim for growth. After starting a business, read more about running a business in the next section.

Work better with the right business software

When starting your business, appropriate business software can help you work more efficiently and better. That is why we have put together solutions for the various areas of your company in the chapter on business software. These include, for example:

Our online solution Unternehmerheld puts together your individual founding steps. He will show you exactly what needs to be done at every step in the establishment of the company and will have the relevant forms, filling out aids and templates ready for you free of charge.

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Author: Für-Gründer.de editors

As editor-in-chief, René Klein has been responsible for the content of the portal and all publications by Für-Gründer.de for over 10 years. He is a regular interlocutor in other media and writes numerous external specialist articles on start-up topics. Before his time as editor-in-chief and co-founder of Für-Gründer.de, he advised listed companies in the field of financial market communication.