You can get the support if you receive unemployment benefit II or are entitled to it want to become professionally self-employed (start-up), want to expand a previously marginal self-employed activity into your main occupation or are already self-employed as your main occupation. The aim is for you to be able to support yourself permanently within a reasonable period of time and no longer require unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV). Financial support for the purchase of material goods If you want to buy material goods that you need for your work, you can get a loan or a grant from your job centre. Material goods can be, for example Computers, software, telephone, office furniture, marketing measures (for example, creation of a homepage) Vehicles, machinery, equipment, tools Deposit for commercial premises Initial equipment and operationally necessary stocking up of your material, goods or spare parts warehouse. No ongoing operating costs are covered, such as Wages and personnel costs, rent, telephone bills or maintenance costs. You will usually receive financial support for the purchase of material goods in the form of a loan. In individual cases, grants are possible up to an amount of EUR 5,000, loans are also possible above this amount. A combination of both is possible. Loans and grants are paid out in monthly instalments or as a total amount, depending on the purpose. You have to repay the loan later, but not the grant. You must apply for Jobcenter funding before you make the purchase. It is not possible to receive a loan or grant for material goods that have already been purchased. Free advice and training for the self-employed If you are already self-employed on a full-time basis, you may also be eligible for support through advice to help you maintain or reorient your self-employed activity (tax and legal advice is not eligible) Training courses that provide you with entrepreneurial knowledge, for example in the areas of marketing, accounting, acquisition or project management. Both are free of charge for you. Your job centre will commission your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce or Chamber of Crafts, private training providers, innovation, technology or start-up centres, for example. Your integration specialist will check and decide which of the above-mentioned benefits you can receive. This also applies to the amount of a loan or grant. This means that you have no legal claim to it.