Learning business German in Hamburg

One of the many good things about Hamburg is the fact that almost anyone can and will speak English to you if you don’t know any German. While it can be a challenge to live in Paris or Barcelona without speaking French or Spanish respectively, expats in Germany have the leisure of completely ignoring the language of Goethe and still lead a functional life. Nevertheless, you might be tempted to deepen your knowledge of German if you plan on working in Hamburg for a longer time, founding a company or moving with your family. Read more

Hamburg Business Culture – how to deal with Hamburgers

Hamburg has a very unique culture and customs. Its location between the traditional South and the very liberal Nordics renders a complex result of liberalism and demureness. How do the Hamburgers tick? Let’s find out together. Read more

New in Hamburg? Don’t forget to register! (Meldebescheinigung)

In Germany, you need to report any change of address. The authorities need to know where you reside and only give you two weeks to do so. So, upon arriving in Hamburg, make sure that registering to your local state agency (Einwohnermeldeamt) is high on your to-do list! Read more

Opening a bank account in Hamburg

No matter where you come from and why you’re in Hamburg for, it will be very difficult to conduct any business without a bank account. You will need one as an employee, as a freelancer and of course as a entrepreneur. So, since this is a necessary evil, we may as well start reviewing right now which steps you need to follow to open a bank account in Hamburg. Read more

Getting around in Hamburg

If there is one mistake I made when I moved to Hamburg, it was to come by car. Not to mention it was an Irish car with the steering wheel on the right side that I could not reasonably insure in Germany. But that’s beyond the point, in the end I had a car I could not park anywhere safe/legal/warm and I never EVER needed it. Because Hamburg has fantastic public transports and other means of transportation.

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Office language: English. Startup jobs in Hamburg for non-German speakers

Hamburg is a very enticing city. The moment you set foot in the Hanseatic City, you will fall in love with her. A friend of mine came for three days and ended up staying for two months with a roster of three outfits. See what Hamburg can do to you? Read more

Startups need monkeys not elephants

At the Startup Mixers, networking events organised by Hamburg Startups, you’ll find a mixture of founders, startup employees, people who are thinking of starting startups, and, er, people who are just somehow attracted to the startup scene. The mentality that draws these people together is a certain fearlessness, a willingness to take calculated risks, to act in contravention of societal norms, and – most importantly – agility.

They move quickly and fail fast, throwing everything they have into their latest idea. They are persistent enough to stick at it long enough, but realistic enough to jump ship where necessary. Read more