Apply now for an activation and placement voucher (AVGS)!

Start your own business from unemployment or as a registered job seeker with free start-up consulting.

Let's make your dream of self-employment come true.

Are you currently unemployed or registered as a jobseeker with the job center or employment agency, or are you about to complete your studies or training, and you dream of starting your own business with your start-up idea?


Are you also motivated by the idea of being able to organize your working hours, freely determine your place of work, and, if applicable, start a business with a social or green purpose?

Professional support

Professional supportAre you still hesitating because you are unsure or afraid of failure? Or you think you lack specific start-up knowledge, e.g. how to develop a functioning business model, plan your finances or marketing activities?


But you're not alone! We are here to help! With our help, apply now for the activation and placement voucher (AVGS) to receive free, comprehensive start-up advice from us.

Start-up consulting

Our start-up advice is professional, well-founded, and also draws on our own start-up experience. That's why we know how challenging the path to self-employment can be. This is where we want to be by your side as a partner.


The start-up advice we offer is tailored to your individual needs. We try as best we can to adapt the advice to your everyday life so that it can be managed effortlessly during the consultation.

Just a few steps to self-employment!

1. Activation & placement voucher (AVGS)

In our short initial consultation, we will prepare you to apply for your free AVGS at the relevant employment agency or job center to receive up to seventy hours of free start-up advice, saving you tons of money that would otherwise come out of your own pocket.

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2. Individual start-up advice

Receive tailor-made advice from us to develop your business concept, business, financial and marketing plan to drive your self-employment forward.


Thanks to our many years of experience as consultants and various training courses in the field of consulting and coaching, we are experienced and empathetic companions.

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3. Self-employment

Implement the knowledge you have learned and the recommendations you have received to successfully start and run your own business, if necessary with further advice from us, e.g. with the consulting grant from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Controls (BAFA).

Receive activation and placement voucher
Follow this procedure to receive your voucher!
1

Request a free consultation

When you request our free initial consultation, we ask for some personal details and check your eligibility. If the result is positive, we will offer you a free initial consultation.
2
Free initial consultation
In the free initial consultation, we explain everything about the AVGS and how to apply for it. We also discuss your start-up project so that we can give you a written recommendation for the employment agency or job center.
3
Application phase

With our help, you can apply for an activation and placement voucher (AVGS) from your job center or employment agency. If the decision is positive, the voucher must be sent to our partner Plan Erfolg. They will take care of the rest of the bureaucratic work so that the start-up consultation can begin promptly.

4
Start of start-up consulting
Let's go! All the formalities have been completed. The start-up consultation can begin and you can concentrate fully on setting up your own business.
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Completion of start-up consultation
As a rule, the start-up consultation is completed after 2.5 to 6 weeks. If there is still a need for advice after this, the grant from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) can be applied for up to twice a year.

Free start-up consultation

We accompany you individually until you start your own business and develop your business idea and your financing and marketing plan with you. We also support you in the implementation of your planned marketing measures, as far as possible. We also help you to apply for the start-up grant or the start-up allowance for additional funds.

Subsidies / Grants

Find out how you can receive further grants or subsidies, such as the start-up grant from the employment agency or the start-up allowance from the job center or the consulting grant from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

Business model & Finance plan

Together, we will develop a well thought-out business and financing concept that will lead your company to success.

Marketing & Sales strategies

Learn effective strategies to successfully market your products or services and win customers without bending over backwards.

Why are we the right choice as a consultant?

As long-standing consultants for start-ups and the self-employed, we have specific start-up and marketing knowledge on legal, tax and entrepreneurial issues. However, what makes us distinctive and unique are these unique selling points:

Since 2018, we have been supporting social entrepreneurs, founders from the social and green economy.


We firmly believe that companies in these areas can not only achieve economic success, but also have a positive impact on society and the environment.


If you want to make a difference with your self-employment and have more impact, then you've come to the right place.

We have been working remotely for a long time, we are a remote-first company in which remote work is practiced.


Remote work means working from home, in a café or coworking space.


Remote-first companies prioritize location independence and the ability to carry out remote work over other company goals.


Location-independent self-employment leads to more flexibility and freedom, e.g. to better reconcile self-employment and family.

We impart valuable knowledge about digital business models and suitable marketing strategies as well as software-as-a-service apps that use artificial intelligence (AI), for example, to successfully build your independence in the digital space.


We have been working on these topics for a long time and regularly test the software for various areas of application.


We have first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of digitalization.

Social Entrepreneurship

"The primary goal of social entrepreneurship is to solve social challenges. This is achieved through the continuous use of entrepreneurial means and results in new and innovative solutions (definition, S.E.N.D. e.V., 2019)". Examples are...
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Provide social project management by applying project management principles and techniques to social projects. Here are some examples:

  • Project management in social work: project work is increasingly used in social work.
  • Social goals in companies: Companies set social goals to ensure proper interaction with employees, customers and business partners.
  • Funding examples: Organizations such as Aktion Mensch offer a variety of funding programs for social projects.
  • School projects: Schools often carry out social projects.

Location-independent self-employment

Location-independent self-employment encompasses any form of self-employment that can be carried out from anywhere, usually with the help of remote work, possibly in a remote-first company, but not exclusively. Digital nomads were the first to test and popularize this.
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Remote work, also known as remote working, is a working model that allows you to do your job away from a traditional, fixed workplace. Here are some key aspects of how remote work works:

  • Location independence: remote workers work from home, cafes, coworking spaces or even the beach.
  • Digital communication: Communication takes place online via email, video calls, instant messaging, etc.
  • Flexible working hours: Remote workers can often arrange their working hours flexibly.
  • Technology dependency: A stable internet connection and possibly special software such as VPN software are necessary.

Digital business models

Below, we briefly present some digital business models for founders and the self-employed that are suitable for location-independent self-employment. Please note: In practice, there are often mixed forms.
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The teacher researches specific topics, tactics and strategies to help clients solve specific problems.

Instead of offering specific services as a freelancer or publishing books, the teacher sells info products such as e-books, online conferences, memberships or online courses.

Here are some examples of platforms on which teachers make their offers: Coachy, Digimember, e-Mentor, Elopage, Kajabi, Skillshare, Spreadmind, Teachable, Thinkific and Udemy, one of the largest platforms for online courses.
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Partner

With the help of our partner, we can offer free start-up advice with an activation and placement voucher (AVGS).
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    Planerfolg GmbH, based in Mönchengladbach, is a provider in the education sector of subsidized labor market services. Its work is based on the positive humanistic view of man and the corresponding positive concepts of learning and work. They see gainful employment as an individual contribution to the community and thus as part of personal self-realization.

Dipl. paed. Thomas Liller

Founder and Managing Director of Wirkung Entfalten
Thomas has been working as a start-up and business consultant since 2016. Before that, he worked as a location-independent career and business coach for 10 years. He has long been intensively involved with the topics of remote work and digital business models as well as digital nomads.

For several years, he has specialized in supporting social entrepreneurs, founders and entrepreneurs from the social and green economy, which led to the founding of Wirkung Entfalten. His mission: to accompany social entrepreneurs to greater success, impact and competitiveness.

Thomas has a degree in education with a focus on adult education, is a certified Gestalt therapist and evidence-based coach (ICF), and has also completed various further training courses in systemic coaching, non-violent communication and authentic relating.

He works with various partners and freelance consultants and service providers to support Wirkung Entfalten's clients on their entrepreneurial journey.
Dipl. paed. Thomas Liller
Founder and Managing Director of Wirkung Entfalten
Thomas has been working as a start-up and business consultant since 2016. Before that, he worked as a location-independent career and business coach for 10 years. He has long been intensively involved with the topics of remote work and digital business models as well as digital nomads.

For several years, he has specialized in supporting social entrepreneurs, founders and entrepreneurs from the social and green economy, which led to the founding of Wirkung Entfalten. His mission: to accompany social entrepreneurs to greater success, impact and competitiveness.

Thomas has a degree in education with a focus on adult education, is a certified Gestalt therapist and evidence-based coach (ICF), and has also completed various further training courses in systemic coaching, non-violent communication and authentic relating.

He works with various partners and freelance consultants and service providers to support Wirkung Entfalten's clients on their entrepreneurial journey.
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