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A Guide Towards Berlin - In: Allgemein

In : Allgemein Comments : 0 Author : Mareike Hengelage Date : 20 Aug 2016
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The reasons for moving to Berlin are numerous – especially for young freelancers and entrepreneurs. The city offers a lot of prospects for life, work and success. The possibilities to create your own career are endless! Wether you want to start your own company, explore your creativity or work in the innovative fintech sector, you might find in Berlin what you are looking for. Amapola Coworking names three reasons for settling in Berlin:

  1. Berlin is cheap: ‚Poor, but sexy‘ – Berlin’s former major described the city by using these words. Owing to its latest history as a seperated city until the 1990s, Berlin is the young and thriving German capital which has provided low rents, subcultural scenes and diversity for more than two decades. Although supply vs demand inthe real estate market has been a struggle for some years and people are lining up in desperation at time to find a nice and long-term accomodation, Berlin is still an inexpensive choice in comparison to other metropolitan centres worldwide.
  2. Berlin is laissez-faire: Some people might describe the city as chaotic, dirty and lazy – Berlin’s administrations are terribly unorganized, overworked and understaffed when it comes to registration or building an airport. Although it’s the German capital city with a multicultural population, you shouldn’t expect that employees in the public service usually speak English. Nevertheless, Berlin’s habitants are open-minded people who don’t care too much about brands, money or status symbols. They have huge experience in diversity of types of people and don’t bother too much how you look or what you do.
  3. Berlin is innovative: During the last years, Berlin has been in competition with other European cities like London regarding their start-up scenes. Creative and innovative entrepreneurs settle their new companies in Berlin because of, for example, the low cost of living, high quality of life and productive atmosphere. Therefore, young professionals gain (first) work experience abroad by moving to Berlin and enrich the multicultural start-up scene. With the variety of coworking spaces and occasions for collaborations, networking is made easy and even affordable when it comes to professional endevours, business lunches and after work drinks.

If you made up your mind about moving to Berlin already and you can’t wait to settle in Germany’s metropolitan city, there are some do’s and don’ts you need to know about.

  1. Check your passport! Are you one of more than 500 million European citizens? If you are, welcome to Germany! Moving to Berlin, finding a job and settling into your new environment will be quiet easy for you. After your official registration (Anmeldung), you shouldn‘t face anymore difficulties. – If you aren’t a European citizen; you should make an appointment at the German embassy in your home country before your departure or at the authority for foreigners in Berlin after your arrival where you can apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) including a work permit (Arbeitserlaubnis).
  2. Finding a place to stay: it will be difficult but possible. Brace yourself for a lot of applications and refusals. With a little bit of luck you can make it through the Berlin real estate jungle and find a long-term accomodation in your favourite kiez (disctrict). As an alternative, you can relate to full-service agencies for furnished apartments or benefit from the New to Berlin?-service by Amapola Coworking.
  3. Provide for yourself: Starting a career in Berlin is an exciting life experience whatever job you’re looking for. Programmers, designers, visionaries – whether it’s an established company or thriving start-up, you can explore new fields and find bigger challenges. As a young international city you should be aware of lower salaries than companies offer in other capitals. Depending on your residence and work permits there are the possibilities of working as an employee, becoming a freelancer or founding your own company. As an employee your new employer usually helps with all necessary paper work and even visa regulations beforehand. Freelancers with the necessary residence and work permits need to register only at the tax office (Finanzamt). If you want to be self-employed and start a business, not only your work permit needs to include this option, but also you have to register at various local authorities like the trade office (Gewerbeamt) and chamber of commerce (Handelskammer) for your new company to be licensed. The New to Berlin?-service by Amapola Coworking can assist you with all necessary steps.

 

 

 

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