What is a Gewerbetreibender?

A tradesperson (Gewerbetreibender) is person who is self-employed, but not a freelancer (Freiberufler). The business they run is called a trade (Gewerbe). They are sometimes called Selbständig.

Freiberufler and Gewerbetreibende must follow different rules and pay different taxes. They get a different kind of residence permit.

Difference between Freiberufler and Gewerbetreibender