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Liberal professions without licence requirement

Unlike for example doctors, lawyers or architects, in some liberal professions you can work without having to provide evidence of specific requirements or having to become a member of a chamber.

Above all, the development of new occupational fields has been taken into account with such liberal professions. Examples are activities as a writer (e.g. journalists, publicists, authors, lectors) or artistic activities (e.g. performing artists, directors, entertainers)

These professions can be exercised without formal licence requirements, however some training or specific technical knowledge is necessary to exercise the profession successfully or for a successful career start. It is also necessary normally to meet specific requirements in order to be recognized as a freelancer for tax purposes.

Particular requirements apply for compulsory insurance.

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Wirtschaftsministerium released it on 01.09.2017. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts. In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.