Business registration

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The start of your business

How to register your business correctly

  • Business registration – but how?

    Are you planning to start your own business and get off to a flying start? But how exactly do you start? What do you have to consider and which mistakes should not happen?

  • You should discuss many points with a tax advisor or a professional before registering your business. Inform yourself about the different legal forms and which possibilities you see for your business.

The requirements and conditions
of business registration

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Who must register a business?

In most countries, it is necessary to register a trade if someone carries out a self-employed activity that is based on profit making. This means that if you offer goods or services on a planned and permanent basis in return for payment, this is usually a trade. It is irrelevant whether this is a full-time or part-time activity.

  • If both parties provide a VAT number, the supplier or service provider does not have to charge VAT.

  • Difference between business and professional activity:
    It is important to understand the difference between a commercial activity and a freelance activity as the type of registration and tax treatment may be different. Traders often engage in production or trade-oriented activities.

  • Industry specifics and special regulations:>br>Different industries may have specific regulations that must be considered when registering a business. Some activities may require a special permit, such as trading food or operating a pharmacy. Also check specific laws or regulations for certain industries that affect business registration and operation.

Avoid mistakes when registering a business

In order to start correctly from the beginning, you should avoid the following mistakes at all costs when registering your business.

  • If your profession belongs to the freelancers, a business registration is not required and you will benefit from other advantages. If you are not a freelancer, you should find out about the legal form of your future business so that you can register it correctly. Get advice from experts.

  • Do not define the purpose of the company too broadly or too narrowly. Stating the purpose of the business is a mandatory requirement. Do not narrow yourself at the beginning of your activity, so that your business can develop. Do not define it too broadly, because the Trade Licensing Office needs to know a focus of activity.

  • Along with too broad a business purpose, lack of permits & licenses could come up. Before registering, check whether the business is subject to licensing. The relevant licenses must already be available for registration.

  • Avoid mistiming the registration of your business. You should not register too early, too late or even not at all. Check when and if your activity requires a business registration. If necessary, consult with your tax advisor to see if, for example, it is also worthwhile for you to start as a small business. This is not always the case and should therefore be checked.

Questions related to business registration and easybill

Starting a new business is often a risk. Nevertheless, you should not be deterred. Talk to your tax advisor, experts and others who can answer all your questions.

We will clarify the most important questions for you in advance.

Can I use easybill as a small business owner? Do I need an invoicing software?

Set up your easybill account just the way you want it. Deactivate the tax statement to automatically use the small business rule. In the best case, use an invoice software from the beginning to collect all your documents in one and the same place and to be able to access them at any time.

Will easybill support me in setting up the software?

Yes, because our outstanding support is available to you not only by telephone, but also at any time by e-mail. In a free telephone briefing, we will set up your account together with you. Thus, you will not forget any important information and can start your business absolutely safe.

Can easybill recommend a tax consultant for me?

We cannot make a direct recommendation, but you will find a lot of tax consultants in our tax consultant network who are already enthusiastically using easybill with their clients. Feel free to take a look here to see if there is a suitable tax consultant for you.

Which package do I test?

To be able to test all features, our 7-day free trial period always includes the BUSINESS package.

Is everything included in the eaqsybill package price?

At easybill, we want to offer you full transparency and control over your costs. However, please note that you must book the shipping credit separately and actively. Costs for additional employee access and finAPI transactions can be found in the price overview.

How does easybill guarantee the security of my data?

With easybill, your data is in the best hands. Your data is stored exclusively on servers in Germany and protected by modern encryption standards. As an additional safeguard, two-factor authentication (2FA) is available to you. Everything about account security in easybill.

Is the invoicing software suitable for any operating system?

Yes, the operating system does not play a role here. Whether you use a MAC or a Windows computer is irrelevant for easybill. Only an Internet access must be available to you.


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