Hochschule Bremen - University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Bremen

12 steps towards your job

Starting a business in a foreign country can be a real challenge but also really rewarding. We asked our colleague from BRIDGE (coaching and seminars for all students in Bremen on how to start a business) to give us the details.

What are the advantages of having one’s own business?  
It can be a lot of fun to indulge in your creativity, work independently, act self-responsibly, and be flexible in creating the day-to-day work.

I am an international student in Bremen and am thinking about starting my own business. Is this actually possible? 

Basically, yes. However, first of all, it is important to distinguish between whether you, as a student come from an EU country or a non-EU country and which type of residency status you have. Then, depending on these factors, there may be differences with regard to the required qualifications, visits to and approval of the authorities before setting up a business. Very detailed and sound information on all groups is available under http://www.wir-gruenden-in I can just recommend taking a close look at the website. There, you will find all the information that an international student must regard.

What are the greatest pitfalls for company founders? What should I particularly watch out for? What, most likely, makes entrepreneurs fail in their endeavors?  Does this apply equally to German and international students?  

Surely, the same hurdles apply to international students. I would, however, say that possibly the greatest obstacle here can be the language barrier.  The better you master the German language or have a German partner at you side or optimally in your start-up team, the greater chance you have to succeed in your endeavors. In brief: “Language is the key.”

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