Some employers hire "freelancers", but treat them like employees. This is called fake self-employment (Scheinselbstständigkeit).

Generally, you are not self-employed if…1

  • You only have one client.
  • You are integrated in your client's business.
  • You always work at the same location.
  • You have a fixed salary.
  • You do not use your own equipment.

What is fake self-employment? — Red Tape Translation