This is a guest blog post by Kayleigh Toyra. Kayleigh is a British/Finnish copywriter and an entrepreneur living in Bristol, UK. Her search marketing agency Seeker Digital empowers businesses to be heard.
This is a guest blog post by iZettle. The Swedish company iZettle offers a card reader that works with your smartphone or tablet, plus a suite of financial services for the small businesses.
Working from home sounds like a dream to a lot of freelancers – until they actually try it. But a home office is full of potential distractions: chatty flatmates, the dirty dishes eyeing you reproachfully from the sink, the temptation of YouTube and Netflix because no one is watching. It’s not always easy to be productive at home, but luckily there are alternatives. And one of the easiest low-commitment options is to take your work day to a coworking space. The result is often a boost in productivity and newfound focus, and plenty of networking with like-minded people.
At the beginning of your freelancing career you might ask yourself what the buzz about business accounts is. Why go through the effort of splitting your funds in the first place? The truth is that a business account can make your life much easier. Let German efficiency inspire you!
Your health is the most important thing in your life. It's also the solid foundation of a successful career. But some things are unpredictable. This is why health insurance is mandatory in Germany! There's no way around it, and the market is big. As a freelancer, you have a variety of choices to go for. Here's our guide through the jungle of German insurance.
Today’s guest blogger is Aleksandra Bodekhina. She is a young forward-looking explorer with 5 years of international experience and passion for developing great ideas. Aleksandra has been helping European businesses establish their digital presence since 2012. She is currently running marketing for a young Finnish startup Shuut - a handy mobile app for corporate video advertising on social media.
Germany can be a weird place. Where else do you get letters out of nowhere, asking you to pay for stuff you never ordered or even wanted? Nobody is safe from the Rundfunkbeitrag letters (former GEZ - TV and radio licence), nobody is safe from the Finanzamt – the German tax authorities – finding you and sending you your Tax ID. Freelancers are at risk of receiving yet another letter from a mysterious institution demanding money: The IHK.
Germany is proud of its national efficiency stereotype. We get stuff done. But efficiency comes with complicated procedures and systems. Like our tax system, for example. It's like the authorities are making fun of us by inventing unpronounceable words like “Umsatzsteuervoranmeldung”, “Lohnsteuervorauszahlung” or “Steueridentifikationsnummer”, and, to make it even more fun and confusing, “Steuernummer”, which is two different things. But confusion must be avoided, especially regarding the last two unpronounceable words, as they are very important for the (expat) freelancer!
Moving to another country can be scary. You find yourself in a new world with new rules and new challenges. One of the first challenges you will face as an expat is your first trip to the registry – or Bürgeramt, as it is called around here– to get your official registration, Anmeldebestätigung. This all-important document is important for everything from getting health insurance to opening a bank account.
Today’s guest blogger is Outi Lammi. She’s a trainer who has authored several books about IT and communications. Her company helps Finnish companies and communities to work smarter. As an entrepreneur she knows that the utilization of the correct tools is a vital part of doing business. In this blogpost she’ll write about the benefits of cloud services.