How to Work From Home in Germany

Mar 28, 2020Work in Germany

Working from home may seem like a dream for many people, but sometimes it’s even necessary. Today, when the virus is storming the world and you aren’t allowed to step out of the door, working from home is the only solution.

The most popular way to work from home in Germany is Freelancing. Top fields for remote work in Germany include computers and IT, education, and training; positions include content creators, content managers, customer service representatives, virtual assistants, translators, teachers, and more.

Usually, expats don’t work from home, but there are always some exceptions. Find out in this article how you can work remotely in Germany.

Working from home in Germany: Guideline

Working from home can be exciting, empowering and of course convenient. Whether you are a freelancer, a company part-timer, or a full-time employee working from home can be optional.

Especially in a leading hub in Europe for startups and tech companies – Germany working from home isn’t a problem.

On another site, it can add more responsibilities that come with freedom, not to mention planning, foresight, self-discipline, and focus.

And yes, and hours of uninterrupted hard work. As many home-based employees will tell you, it’s not easier to work from home—it’s just a different location.

You are determinate to work from home or circumstances force you to do so?

Overall, the fastest and easiest way to work from home is to ask your boss if your current job can be done from home even if only partly. This way you can smoothly transfer your office deck to home or somewhere else where you are most comfortable.

Many jobs in Germany will have this opportunity, especially if you are in the tech field or need just a laptop to complete your main tasks.

Whatever you keep up with your current job or embrace a new one, to work effectively from home, you’ll need to make sure you have:

  • technology you require
  • separate workspace
  • internet service that meets your need
  • workable schedule you can stick to
  • ways to connect with others

The most common remote jobs to take in Germany:

  1. Virtual assistant
  2. Translator
  3. Call center/customer service representatives
  4. Data entry and transcription
  5. Web designer
  6. Web developer
  7. Teacher/Tutor
  8. Consultant
  9. Content creator
  10. Social media manager
  11. Musician
  12. Writer
  13. Graphic designer
  14. Video producer

Pursue this profession you can be either hired full time by the company with an agreement for remote employment or work as a freelancer. Freelances work for companies too but only for a limited amount of time/some particular project.

Freelance in Germany

Freelancing will be the easiest and quickest way to make some money while living in Germany. And I am not talking about German freelancer (Freiberufler), it is a different thing.

Who is Freelancer and who is Freiberufler in Germany

Freelancer is a self-employed person who offers services, often working on several jobs for multiple clients at one time.

Some classical freelance work includes content writing, copy editing, marketing/PR services or social media marketing, business consulting, graphic design, photography, web development, virtual personal assistant and translation & interpreting.

You can work on clients from all over the world or choose German companies so you can introduce yourself personally.

This isn’t an option for everybody, but the opportunities are growing by the month, as more businesses are running online also companies embrace technology and learn to manage their teams online.

Freelancing in Germany is also a good option if you are young, single and less likely to require the safety net of the German social security system during your time living here, and especially if you see this as a temporary rather than a permanent move.

Freiberufler in Germany characterized as a highly qualified, independent professional with expertise in this subject. They must have a university degree to be able to offer a service to the clients. For a freelancing job, you don’t necessarily need a degree.

The title Freiberufler (translates as a freelancer) is reserved for specific professions in Germany such as engineers, doctors, lawyers, artists, architects, teachers, etc. only they can be called Freiberufler. All other common self-employed jobs qualified as a Gewerbe in Germany.

Here is the list of most common professions which are eligible for Freiberuf:

  • scientists
  • artists
  • writers
  • lecturers
  • teacher and educators
  • doctors
  • dentists
  • veterinarians
  • lawyers
  • notaries
  • patent attorneys
  • surveyors
  • engineers
  • architects
  • trade chemists
  • accountants
  • tax advisers
  • advisory bodies and business economists
  • certified accountants
  • tax representatives
  • naturopaths
  • dentists
  • physiotherapists
  • journalists
  • image reporters
  • interpreters
  • translators
  • pilots

How to find a job as a Freelancer in Germany

The big difference between Freelancers and Freiberuflers is that second work as self-employed and first mostly on companies. So how freelancers find a job in Germany?

It’s not that difficult, nowadays thousands of people work this way in Germany. Thanks to the freelance work, employers save money by not paying for social contributions and medical insurances.

Focusing on companies that are known to hire freelancers can be a great way to start your search for freelance work. Here are the top 10 platforms for freelancers in Germany:

  1. Kelly Services
  2. Real Staffing
  3. Kforce
  4. AFIRM
  5. Onward Search
  6. Dahl Consulting
  7. Ajilon
  8. Computer Futures
  9. Paladin
  10. Addison Group

Where to work in Germany when you are tired of home office?

Coffeehouse

Starbucks as in any other country is the best place to catch up on work if you are tired of the same environment. Although it can be quite crowded and laut there, if you are fine with concentrating in loud places than you can bear this.

Also, Germany has other brands for coffee shops such as Coffee Fellows, Costa Coffee, Anna, McCafé, Segafredo, Lavazza, Tchibo. In fact, Starbucks isn’t that popular in Germany, McCafe is by far a dominant on the market.

Coworking Space

In Germany, more entrepreneurs, freelancers, and even large-scale corporate teams are leaving behind the traditional office model for more innovative and affordable co-working spaces.

There 520 coworking spaces in Germany especially in big cities such as Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg but also in smaller towns, you need to check locally.

Desk of even a room in coworking space will give you free internet, structure in your workday and of course community of likeminded people and therefore networking opportunity. It’s a popular place for young entrepreneurs, startups and remote workers just like you!

Some coworking spaces even organize events like skill-sharing sessions, panels, and lectures that can help people to be more successful in what they are doing.

Check out the website with the biggest worldwide database of coworking spaces. You can easily find one in your location.

You can also use a local site like Schwarzes Brett. to find a local and perhaps cheaper office.

Recommended to read: the expat blogger Chloe has shared her experience of getting started in a co-working environment.

Library

Whatever it is a university or normal city library its a fully equipped and super quiet place to work in Germany. All libraries can be accessed free during the open hours and these at universities don’t even require student cards.

You can also freely use facilities such as the internet, reading rooms with private tables, toilets, cafeteria and of course books if you need to.

Libraries are my favorite places in Germany to work on something or spend time reading. Usually, people aren’t supposed to speak there, so you can enjoy a calm atmosphere.

How to work efficiently from home

Minimize distractions 

If you have pets, husband or kids at home it can be hard to focus on work. Schedule your working time so your kids aren’t at home or ask your husband to take care of them for a while. If they are older remind them that when you’re in your office, you’re not to be disturbed. 

Also, set time for activities such as sport, household chores and other duties, this also goes for social media and television. So you know for example in the evening you have 20 min to check your social media but not during the day.

Stick to your work schedule 

The burden lies upon you to set your working hours, stick to them, actually work during those hours. Effective time management is essential if you want to continue hitting your deadlines when you’re working from home. 

To finish a day successfully organize and prioritize key tasks with a To-Do List. This will help you to avoid procrastinating or losing focus by switch-tasking, and add an extra layer of structure to your day.

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