I finally instructed my accountant to set up Openismus GmbH which will probably take a few weeks. It feels slightly scary, but I want to give it a try. Got to build to grow.
I already have a first part-time employee – Johannes Schmid of Anjuta fame. I was very sad to reply to all the other people who answered my call for a mini-job, but maybe I can use some of them if I get enough work.
A GmbH is a German form of limited company, and is one of the few forms of company that is taken seriously. It’s not actually necessary in Germany, unlike the U.K. which demands that freelancers create one-man Ltd companies that employ them(selves). It’s also much more difficult and expensive than in the U.K. There’s an extra tax that you have to pay, plus additional administration. But it’s generally simpler when dealing with international companies, so I can consider it as marketing, and it will be better for employing people.
I should probably improve the web site too. Sooner or later I’ll have to accept that there’s no sane way to make attractive web sites without hacks. Yes, I mean round corners.
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Good luck, Murray. May you need a lawyer in 3-4 years ;)
Congratulations Murray. I wish you the best.
Congratulations to you both. I hope everything works out as you expect it.
First, congratulation for passing german bureaucracy and founding the Gmbh (which is in fact much more as a britisch Ltd.)!
IMHO you don’t have to do “hacks” to make a web site good looking. Some fancy CSS should do it most of the time.