Wiesbaden, Germany – Have you ever considered starting a home-based business but didn’t know where to start?
Thanks to a coordinated effort by the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Employment Readiness Program, potential vendors now find a wealth of face-to-face and digital resources to help streamline their efforts.
Megan Bryan, Employment Readiness Program Specialist, said: “We are now seeing improved continuity of care throughout the Home Based Business application process.”
Employment readiness program manager Earl McFarland says that while the resource has been available since 2020, “we wanted to digitize the whole process.
“We’ve simplified the application process. … we’re trying to make it as user-friendly as possible,” said McFarland.
As a result, McFarland explains that the number of approved home businesses at the Wiesbaden Army Garrison has increased by 70%. “HHB has already become another source of income for his members of the community, especially for his Wiesbaden-based spouse.”
Potential vendors need to register with both the garrison and the German tax office, Bryan said. https://wiesbaden.armymwr.com/programs/employment-readiness-program) to start the process (click on the Home Based Business link).
McFarland explained that an online application form has been made available for further processing by licensing authorities. Bryan said registration with the German tax office can take him three to four months.
“We digitized our application process and other garrisons are adopting that digital application process style,” Bryan said, also helping individuals and spreading the word about local home businesses. I added that I am putting . “I can explain it to you,” she said.
Home-based operators are not allowed to advertise their services outside of word of mouth, but they are listed on both the Garrison and MWR homepages. Bryan also makes every effort to share information about local home businesses and has been invited to his community events, such as his ACS birthday block parties and back-to-school events, to showcase products and services. I’m here.
“This is an option open to everyone, including non-U.S. citizens who may not have the opportunity to work for the Department of Defense,” she said. “Anyone can do a home business.”
Bryan also said that starting a sole proprietorship in the United States can cost “thousands of dollars,” but here, with the help of the Employment Readiness Program, home business operators only pay a €40 registration fee. I often pointed out that the program helps. Advertise your service.
“If you are not registered and operate your business illegally, you may lose your privileges or be subject to German restitution taxes,” Bryan said.
Employment Readiness Program staff hold bi-monthly home business information sharing sessions (children welcome) to assist with the application process as well as share experiences, challenges and information on the variety of services available locally from vendors. It is held.
We also have a dedicated Facebook group where local home business operators work together. “They help each other, which is good for us,” he added McFarland.
“Some of the services on offer are not economically viable and fill a gap in the needs of the community,” Bryan said, adding that “demand-based services” include everything from photography services to home cleaning services. and there is enough for everyone,” he added. , Support from baked goods to postpartum.
For more information on local home businesses, visit https://wiesbaden.armymwr.com/programs/employment-readiness-program or call civ at (0611) 143-548-9201.