How can I work self-employed in Austria?

Attention – to be self-employed in Austria, you should already be able to speak German very well. There are many bureaucratic aspects that you need to carefully consider when it comes to self-employment (including taxes, insurance, business licenses, corporate legal forms, etc.), so it’s a good idea to use the time as an asylum seeker to find out about it.



  • The project MEnt (Migrant Entrepreneurs Team-up with Mentors) is an incubation program that helps potential founders with migration or fleeing history to start their business. The program teaches you basic business skills and gives you many opportunities to grow your professional network.
  • You want to know how to build your own website, target your audience with marketing and present your business online? Since the digital presence is very important in Austria these days, you should apply for the program Programm DevelopMe_ von refuges{code}. Attention: the program is in English!

If you have any other tips to help refugees with their self-employment, we are looking forward to an e-mail to

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