Would totally book again for my next bureaucratic adventure!
I want to say thank you for how simple and easy you’ve made this for our association!
Taska Harnischfeger, Saturday Club e.V.
All businesses and associations in Germany must have a legal, registered business address. Even freelancers and sole traders are businesses in Germany.
There are reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t use your home address to register a business. By renting a virtual office at Red Tape Translation in Berlin, you’re up and running quickly at a 100% legal, summonable, physical location in Berlin and there’s no need to travel anywhere.
Red Tape Translation has been in Berlin for 11 years. We’re a small, close-knit team of translators, interpreters and relocation coaches with a cosy office in Pankow, Berlin. There’s someone present to receive and scan your mail for you within 1 working day of receipt. Pick up your correspondence by appointment or have us forward it to you once a month or shred it – whatever you’d prefer.
The biggest con is the fact that your business is legally required to publish its address on outgoing correspondence. This includes the Impressum (Legal Disclaimer or Imprint) on your website and social media profiles, as well as letters, emails and more. If you publish your home address, you’re inviting your website traffic to drop by. Even more so if you want to take advantage of free Google Maps services. When Kathleen Parker first started Red Tape Translation, she was nursing her newborn baby in a bathrobe when suddenly the doorbell rang. It was a client who lived nearby and wanted a translation. Even after putting a note in the Impressum and on the Google Maps entry asking people not to visit the business address, the number of visitors increased as the company grew.
Our clients are singers and performers worried about over-eager fans or stalkers, tech professionals with expensive work equipment stored at home and self-employed parents who wish to protect their children’s privacy and still save the costs of hiring unnecessary premises.
Another common reason to avoid using your home address to register a company is because your rental contract forbids commercial use or partial commercial use of the apartment or it’s associated with higher rental fees.
There’s a one-off setup fee of 40 Euros plus VAT.
Then it’s 49 Euros plus VAT per month after that.
The minimum term is 6 months. After that, you can cancel at any time with1 full calendar month’s notice. That means if you started your contract on 15.6.2023 and you let us know you wish to cancel on 06.12.2023, your contract will end on 14.01.2024.
Sure. We love visitors. Just please make an appointment to do so, to make sure someone is in the office to check your ID and hand it to you.
Yes. If the address is in Germany, we do this once per month by registered mail at no extra cost. If you would prefer, we can shred and destroy your mail as soon as we have scanned it in. You instruct us when you sign your contract.
Yes. If it’s an association or company you’d like to register, the managing directors must be based in Germany.
If you’re a freelancer or a sole trader:
If you’re an association or company:
We’ll take a message on your behalf and let you know.
Your business address will be:
Your company name/your name
c/o Red Tape Translation
Berliner Str. 69
No. The Ku’damm, Friedrichstr. or Unter den Linden it is not. It is a cosy and colourful office in a business courtyard in Pankow, Berlin. It will suit you in particular if you don’t expect visitors and you don’t mind having a c/o in your business address. But you can also be sure that if someone drops by looking for your business, they will get a friendly reception and the option to leave you a message.
Not yet. We’re starting small and keeping it simple.