Jena Wirtschaft

How do I prepare the launch?

To write your business plan is the next important step towards self-employment. At this point it is important to keep a good overview. A project plan can help you break down your big goal “starting my own business” into smaller subgoals as well as adding timelines. There are numerous websites online with project management tools. For example the BMWi (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) created a Businessplan App and included a „milestone tool“ (available in German only).

Your start-up consultant can help you navigate this step as well.

The Formalities

You need to take care of the paperwork before you can really get started. Formalities vary depending on the legal structure of your professional self-employment. Generally speaking, there are one-person start-ups, non-incorporated and incorporated enterprises. The decision for or against a specific legal structure of your business has financial, fiscal and legal consequences. That is why this step requires careful consideration prior to registrating your business. The Tax & Revenue Office (Finanzamt) assists with fiscal queries. However, in many cases it is advisable to engage a tax consultant and for legal matters a lawyer.

Liberal professions (Freie Berufe) can launch their business relatively easy. They need to apply to the Tax & Revenue Office (Finanzamt) for a tax number and fill out the appropriate questionnaire for tax registration (Fragebogen zur steuerlichen Erfassung). Architects, doctors, lawyers as well as artists are listed as liberal professions.

Commercial activities have to be registered with the Trade Supervisory Office (Gewerbeamt). All other authorities will be notified automatically (e.g. Tax & Revenue Office, Employer’s Liability Insurance, Chamber of Industry & Commerce).

More about types of business

Public authorities in Jena

Here you can find the essential contacts for setting up a business in Jena, including their address, opening hours and contact information. Depending on your business activities you might need additional permits. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce as well as the Chamber of Trades can supply you with additional information. The Employment Agency is your first contact for the registration of your new employees.

More about public authorities

Please note: most links with further information are available in German only.

Finanzamt Jena
Leutragraben 8
07743 Jena

Postal Address:
Finanzamt Jena
07740 Jena


Contacts depening on your questions: Liste nach Anliegen (A-Z)
Tel.: 03641 / 378 0 (Switchboard)
Fax: 03641 / 378 653
Website: Thuringian Tax & Revenue Office - Jena

Opening Hours


Further links with information on tax forms:

Am Anger 28
07743 Jena


Contacts depending on your question: Liste nach Anliegen
Tel.: 03641 / 49-2161 (Switchboard)
Fax: 03641 / 49-2166
Website: City Administration Jena - Team Trade (Gewerbe)


Further links to register your trade:


Amtsgericht Jena
Rathenaustr. 13
07745 Jena

Postal Address:
Amtsgericht Jena
Postfach 10 08 29
07708 Jena


Tel.: 03641 / 307-0 (Switchboard)
Fax: 03641 / 307-200
Email: Poststelle(at)
Website: Amtsgericht Jena


Further links:

Central commercial register in Thuringia - Zentrales Handelsregister in Thüringen


Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt - Dienststelle Jena
Goethestr. 1
07743 Jena


Contacts depending on your question: Liste nach Anliegen
Tel.: 03641 / 40-5700 (Customer Service)
Fax: 03641 / 40-5690
Opening Hours


Further information:


Agentur für Arbeit Jena
Stadtrodaer Str. 1
07749 Jena

Agentur für Arbeit
07735 Jena

Ansprechpartner: Arbeitgeberservice Nord (Kontaktliste)
Tel.: 03641 / 379-112 (Teamleitung)
Fax: 03641 / 379-640
E-Mail: Jena.Arbeitgeber(at)

Webseite: Arbeitgeberservice der Agentur für Arbeit

Weiterführende Links:

Locating of responsible authorities

Further contacts for specific authorities can be found through the Serviceportal Thüringen.

Locating of responsible authorities for business owners (German only):
Zuständigkeitsfinder für Unternehmen

Lawyers, Notary Public & Tax Consultants in Jena

To discuss the financial, fiscal and legal implications of a specific legal structure of your business, you may want to consider seeking advice from a tax consultant and lawyer. In the future your requirements might chance (for example through growth); it is possible to change the legal form of your organization at a later date.

Please note: links with further information are available in German only.