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  1. I live in Munich and recently started receiving unemployment benefit. I'm keen to make the most of a crappy situation, to pull myself out of this and hopefully ensure it does not happen again. There are a few things I have identified which would really help me - can anyone comment, based on personal experience?   1)Language lessons: I get by in life but proper lessons would make things so much easier. I've always put it off - and since most of clients were English speakers, I never really pursued it apart from reading Berliner Platz. I know that lessons are available for people in my situation - but how would I access them?   2)Driving lessons: are there any schemes that pay for or subsidise driving lessons?    3)Small business start-up help. I have identified a niche in my sector which was not really there pre-covid. I've seen adverts on Facebook (In English) stating that help and grants are available - but when I click on the link, I am bombarded with ampt-sprache - which of course links back to 1. Do you have any experience of this - accessing funding and perhaps mentorship?   With Brexit just around the corner, I am quite concerned about the future. I want to make sure that my future here in Germany is the best it can be.   I look forward to your input and thank you in advance,   Taff
  2. Officially unemployed - what can I apply for to better myself?

    Cheers Leon,   I'm on Stufe II. I'm most likely going to be called in for a chat sometime next month and my caseworker seems to be fairly human. I think I can make a good case for the driving lessons.
  3. Epson Printer Cartridges

    I have 3 Epson 33 cartridges for sale: 1 X Cyan, 2 X Photo black. Normally about E14 - E15 each, I'm asking E15 for all three. Pick up in Pasing.
  4. I worked as a Chef for 10 (very long) years in the UK and Berlin. In Berlin, my employer (A well known Irish chain) were not so bothered about bits of paper. That was 9 years ago and I suspect that times and attitudes have changed. What are the current health regulations for catering staff and how do I go about getting qualified? In short, I want a German food hygiene certificate. I had a quick search on here but could not find anything. Can anybody advise please?   Many thanks,   Taff
  5. Corona has had a huge impact - and this will continue to be the case for a long time to come.   With so many people in so many sectors out of pocket, I looked at the question of how I could provide clients with better value for money, without stiffing those who are actually doing the work: I want to try and be ethical.   My model is simple enough but this is Germany and nothing is ever simple here:   A potential client has a budget of X for product A. I have a pool of (legally registered) freelancers and I tell them a job has come up and that the client is offering to pay X   The pool are under no obligation to to take the job. They only do so when the amount offered and the job specifics work for them.   If a budget is seriously below what may reasonably be considered the going rate, then a member of the pool could say "Ok, I can do this job in the time frame specified, but X is too low. Call it Z and I'll supply the service/product".   When both parties agree on basic conditions, I take a set fee* - an admin charge from the client. This amount is deducted from the overall price - so even though the client is paying up front, the fee is in reality being paid by the freelancer. The fine detail, including, the remaining payment details is carried out between freelancer and client: I will have done my bit.   (*In theory, the freelancer could pay this fee, but I hate the idea of asking people to pay to work, even though it makes no difference in terms of their take-home at the end of the day)   So that is it. I'm not actually offering a physical product - I am connecting clients with those who are.   A concern is this: if the person actually doing the job is paid in cash and tries to get away without declaring it, am I in any way liable? (remembering that the only money I will have received is my admin fee. I'm not taking the full amount off the client, having it sit in my account to collect interest for a month... I'm not doing any payroll stuff. I'll have knowledge of the agreed price between client and freelancer - but that is it. This should, hopefully be fairly hands-off - as far as I am concerned - transaction)   If, after paying the admin fee, and through no fault of my own, the job somehow falls through, am I liable for any claims from either the client or freelancer - or would having a box to tick with "I have read the terms and conditions" be sufficient?   Any other thoughts or comments are much appreciated.    Taff 
  6. Potential legal pitfalls in my simple business model: thoughts please

     Thank you engelchen. I have enough contacts - freelancers - to kick off with and something I did not mention in my initial post - it seemed irrelevant to main pitch - is that freelancers, no matter how skilled, will have blank days in their schedule, have a client cancel at the last minute. This system potentially works well for those who would rather earn something on that day than nothing.  Few things start off on a large scale do they? It is generally a case of trial and error.     As for covering costs, well I do have other work - this is another pie to have a finger in. As for being profitable - I reckon it only needs to be reasonably so to make it worth my while. This is not a get rich quick scheme.  Legal knowledge - well there you have me... but then if I thought I had that, I would not have bothered asking on here for opinions. I don't claim to have it. Believe me, I'd love to find a business mentor to discuss this with
  7. Potential legal pitfalls in my simple business model: thoughts please

    Well, in my sector, many typically work through bigger firms. Some will get nearly all their work from one firm - which is dodgy. Having another option - like my proposal - potentially helps to mitigate against accusations of Scheinselbständigkeit since the work carried out is for diverse customers, not me.  When I first moved here, a lot of colleagues were taken on as self-employed but got "cosy" in the routine of just working for one firm. The firms knew that this was detrimental to the freelancers but for the firm, this was a way of getting cheap labour.   Further, such firms often take a very healthy cut. I mention being ethical in my post - the amount I propose to charge is miniscule in comparison. The freelancer is under no obligation to take a job if they consider it not to be worth their while. They also have a chance to up-sell themselves: A client might want X, might only now about X. The freelancer can say ok, I'll provide X for so much. But have you considered Z? I can offer you X and Z for the great price of Y.   I am trying to create something where the client, the freelancer doing the work - and myself - wins.    
  8. Potential legal pitfalls in my simple business model: thoughts please

    Hi Malt-Teaser, I've never had to call in a contractor for work in the house and so was no aware of this site. It certainly looks like the sort of set-up I'm looking at.   Thanks for the tip.   Taff :-)