Is a website a Freiberuf or a Gewerbe?

​Should you register a website that generates income as a Freiberufler, or as a Gewerbe?

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This depends on how the website makes money, but it's usually a Gewerbe.

If you are selling your services as a writer or as web designer, you are a freelancer (Freiberufler). If you are using your website to sell ads, referrals or products, then you should register it as a trade (Gewerbe)1. In any case, the Finanzamt will decide for you.

If you are just using your website to promote your freelance business (a portfolio for example), then your website is just part of your business. You don't need to declare your website as a separate business.

In other words, a website is a Gewerbe, but making websites can be a Freiberuf. For a detailed explanation, see Freiberufler or Gewerbe: what's the difference?

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