Croatia’s digital nomad visa was introduced to the world on January 1, 2021. As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, this European country has started taking steps towards welcoming digital nomads back into its lovely Mediterranean coasts.

If you’re interested in visiting and working in Croatia as a digital nomad, this can be your chance to stay and explore the country for a longer-term.

To get you started on how you can begin your digital nomad life in Croatia, here’s a quick guide on everything you need to know!

Note: This post was original published on our remote work platform…


Are you considering getting married in Germany as a foreigner? Read this post to learn all the details that you should know before you get married to a German citizen in Germany.

Getting married is currently a rising trend in Germany. The latest data from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany ( Statistisches Bundesamt Destatis), show that the total number of marriages has steadily increased by 11.5% between 2013 and 2018. There is also a steady increase in marriage between German and foreign nationals over the last few years.

So if you and your German boo are at this stage…


Here is a tongue in the cheek guide to dating a German (and keeping your sanity intact during the relationship). Brace yourself for a silly generalised post about typical quirks of German SOs.

This blog is generally reserved for complicated expat stuff like taxes, business registration, freelancing etc. Since it is Germany we are talking about we can safely file Love & Relationships under that label too.

I have been long out of the playing field so dating is not exactly my expertise anymore. But hey, I have been in a relationship with one for a good few years. In…


Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the current financial setback is hitting the self-employed, freelancers and small businesses particularly hard. But the German federal government is taking action and offering financial support system to help businesses during the Coronavirus crisis. Read this post to get an overview of Corona emergency aid for freelancers in Germany affected by this situation.

Self-employed and freelancers are amongst the hardest hit in the midst of all the chaos and financial insecurities caused by coronavirus shitstorm.

Well, let’s add ‘avert pandemic induced financial crisis’ to the list of ALL the other crap that self-employed people have…


Do you have to work from home but struggle with focus and productivity? Here are some of my top tips to stay productive when working from home.

Working from the comfort of your home in pyjamas sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

For an introverted soul like me, this is THE perfect work life.

Dodging long-winded work commute and office politics, and having my cat as the only coworker is a pretty nice scenario. But it’s not all that peaches and cream. One of the key challenges is to stay productive when working from home.

Remote work comes with its…


Do you want to register yourself as a freelancer in Germany? Here is a line by line ‘how to fill Fragebogen zur Steuerlichen Erfassung’ guide in English (2020 update).

In one of my earlier posts, I described the step by step procedure for registering yourself as a freelancer/self-employed entity in Germany. One of the very crucial elements and hardest steps of that procedure is to fill out the form for the tax declaration. AKA the form from hell ;).

It is called the Fragebogen zur Steuerlichen Erfassung.

When I was setting myself up as a freelancer in Germany, it took…


Depending on who you ask, freelancing marketplaces like Upwork either get rave or shit reviews. On one hand- they are overcrowded, the price point of most clients is notoriously low, and T&Cs are unfavourable for freelancers. On the other, these marketplaces come full of warm leads — potential clients who are actively looking to hire. All of you have to do is market yourself to them — successfully. An Upwork proposal is your single most important tool to find, win and retain projects.

As a side note: While such platforms are good for getting a foot in the door for…


A Step by Step Guide For Not Going Insane During Your Visa Processing

Relocating to Germany as an expat is not for the faint-hearted. But here we are. Wait, you want to be a freelancer in Germany? You’re one brave cookie. Well, here is how you apply for the German self-employment visa.

This blog post was originally published in my expat life blog. Read more about freelancing in Germany here.

Make Your First Appointment

Depending on where you live in Germany, the set up of your first appointment may differ from city to city. In some cities such as Berlin, you can simply book an online appointment and bring your documents to the day of your meeting.


An Ordeal of a German Language Student in Denial

So, for about a year I’ve been learning the German language on and off in a small humble city of Germany. It is an ongoing process and I think I’ll never stop learning it. Here is just me trying to describe the emotional rollercoaster that I’ve experienced while learning the great German Vernacular.

Stage One: That new exciting Aufregendes Gefühl

So it is your early days. You’re full of zing about going to the language school with your shiny little A1 books. You’re still learning a new alphabet, basic vocabulary and simple starter grammar rules. It all seems just so easy and exciting. Even the “Articles” that…


As you know that there are only two things certain in life — death and paying German taxes.

Before you earn a single penny from your freelance or trade, you have to register for self-employment in Germany. This is done at your local tax office or Finanzamt. Successful registration at Finanzamt allows you to send your clients the invoices or sell your goods and services legally. And get paid. And then get taxed.

There are three key tax numbers that you need in order to register successfully as a self-employed entity in Germany. …

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