# Taking over a business
For many entrepreneurs, taking over an existing business is an attractive prospect: the business is already established on the market, it has an existing customer base, and it has a network of partners or suppliers. Here you will find government services and contacts at public authorities related to transferring a business.To Services
Information about Rights & Duties
When you start a business activity, you will be given a business identification number (W-IdNr.).
As an employer, you must register your employees who are subject to social insurance contributions. You will need a company number for this.
If you wish to work as an SHI-accredited doctor or psychotherapist in outpatient care, you must be entered in the register of doctors.
You would like to offer goods for immediate sale occasionally at trade fairs, exhibitions, public festivals or for a special occasion? Then you need a permit for this from the competent body and do not need a travel trade card.
If you cease or relocate a business or permanent establishment, you must inform your local tax office.
If you want to buy and sell firearms or ammunition on a commercial basis, you need a firearms dealer's license.