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There are several ways to become a freelancer, depending on which kind of business you are going to start. Some jobs are classified as Freier Beruf, which basically means that you only have to pay taxes for what you earn after registering at the local Finanzamt (tax office). This includes doctors, lawyers, journalists, translators, researchers and many more....


Yes. As a US citizen, you are a US person, and should fill out W-9 instead of W-8BEN to provide your Social Security Number. You can put a foreign address on the W-9, as per the answer to this question.

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