Announcing our cooperation with Expath to help freelancers get started in Germany

Uplink has grown to a vibrant community of about 400 Germany-based IT freelancers. A lot of interesting discussions happen online in our Slack workspace and offline during our bi-monthly meetups. Topics range from what it means to be a IT freelancer in Germany nowadays andhow to work with recruiters to whether it’s advisable to start a GmbH/UG or register as a Freiberufler, how to do your taxes etc.

It’s a joy to see how valuable these discussions are to those of our members who are relatively new to the freelancer life in Germany. Sometimes a question is asked and one or two members who are experienced in that specific topic chime in and the asker just saved herself hours of research or weeks and months of trying out different options herself.

All that is to say that being (and becoming) a freelancer in Germany can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to ask for help and advice!

We are regularly contacted by freelancers who just moved (or consider moving) to Germany and need help setting up their professional life here, and by employees who consider switching to freelancing as well. We’d like to help everybody to start their freelancing career in Germany, which is why we are extremely happy to announce that we have teamed up with Expath, who “help expats and new arrivals get settled in Germany.”

For the next three months (August to October) all Uplink members will have free access to Expath’s online workshops:

  • Getting started & finding a flat
  • Childcare in Berlin
  • Freelancing in Germany
  • Getting your freelance work permit
  • Getting your freelance artist visa
  • Finding a job in Germany
  • How German grammar works

Check out the ‘Partners’ section in the Uplink freelancer backend for information on how to access the online workshops.

We also plan to organize real-life workshops with Expath, which would have the advantage that more specific topics can be covered and questions be asked.

And lastly, Expath also offers visa or work permit assistance through 1-on-1 coachings for 75€ per hour (incl. VAT), no matter whether you’re a member of Uplink or not. These coachings can be booked by emailing coaching@expath.de or on their website.


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