Support for the self-employed

The "Self-employed" team at the Jobcenter Dortmund supports start-ups and self-employed persons whose income is not (yet) sufficient to secure their livelihood and who, in accordance with the provisions of Social Code II, meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefit II. 

As a self-employed person, you should have these documents to hand if you want to submit an application to the Jobcenter:

  • Business registration
  • Commercial space rental agreement (if available)
  • Evidence of personnel costs (e.g. by means of employment contracts or pay slips)
  • Economic evaluations of the last three months
  • In the case of a GmbH: shareholders' agreements

Through the payment of unemployment benefit II, the Jobcenter secures the the subsistence of self-employed persons for as long as and to the extent that their income is insufficient for this purpose. However, the Jobcenter does not compensate for any lack of income or losses that may arise from self-employment.

Our common goal is for you to be able to secure your entire livelihood in the long term through your self-employment. 

If you are already a customer of the Jobcentre and are planning to become self-employed, please first contact your contact person in the job centre or in case management. They will then put you in touch with the self-employed team. The colleagues will advise you as a founder comprehensively on questions such as:

  • How long can I receive benefits from the Jobcenter?
  • What additional benefits can I receive as a founder and what requirements do I have to fulfil?
  • I have comprehension questions about my own accounting
  • When am I self-employed (freelancer:in)?

In times of Corona pandemic, the Self-Employed team will contact you in writing or by phone. 

Under certain conditions, the Jobcenter can Promote your business start-up (e.g. through start-up money). You will also receive all information on this from the Self-Employed Team. It is important that you as a start-up:in Submit your application for start-up money before you register a business or sign any contracts for self-employment (e.g. commercial lease).

During the Corona Crisis, self-employment assistance services may also be available to you. At Offers of help for self-employed people in the Corona crisis you will find all useful information and links. 

In preparation for your self-employment you can use the Checklist for the business concept of the Startercenter NRW. 

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