MAIN purpose of this post: To figure out whether it's reasonable to start a one man exterior home painting business in Wurzburg, Germany. Keep reading for specifics on my situation. Any advice is much appreciated. My name is Nikolas, I am a dual citizen (Germany and USA) and I'm spending about 6 months in Germany following this summer. I just finished my freshman year of college and I'm taking fall semester off. First semester I am going to live in Wurzburg, Germany in order to improve upon my german language skills (which are certainly far from perfect but can get me along fine in day to day conversation) as well as get some international experience. However, I am not yet sure what I will do for work. This summer a few of my friends started running their own exterior home painting companies under a larger parent company. And according to them, there's a lot of money in it ($30,000 projected revenue for the summer before the parent company will even let them get started). I am planning on working for one of these buddies as a part time painter, so I will get a good amount of experience painting over the course of the summer. Which got me thinking I should look into the possibility of starting my own painting company without a parent while I'm in Germany since I'll have experience and a reference from my buddy (the parent company he works for charges a 40% fee for their service, which IMO is outrageous as they provide very little service besides a little added legitimacy to the business). I have some money I could invest in the business (around $5000, which would be easily enough to do it in the States). So my questions are as follows:1. Is $5000 enough to start this company? 2. What are the rules and regulations on starting a 1 employee business like this in Germany? 3. Is the demand for painting in Germany high enough that a business like this would be worth the risk? 4. Are there any cultural differences which would make it more difficult for me to be successful in Germany (for example, is it disrespectful to knock on people's doors and ask if they're interested in an estimate, or would most germans be comfortable with a relatively young male painting their house). 5. Anything that I have failed to consider? (I'm sure there's a lot) This is really just my preliminary step to researching, at this point I'm just trying to figure out whether this idea is actually feasible. I'm not emotionally or fiscally invested in the idea. So feel free to tell me it's overly ambitious, I won't take it personally. That being said, in an increasingly competitive economy, I want to do something that separates me from my peers and I think this is something that could separate me so it's something I would want to play around with some more if it's at all reasonable.