Smart – the coop for freelancers
A new way of working as a freelancer or collective
As a member of the Smart cooperative, you work flexibly with your clients as usual, and you are employed by the cooperative. As an employee, you benefit from public health, pension and unemployment insurance. Your salary is based on the orders you process through the cooperative. You have a constant income, even if things don’t go so well. This gives you social security and stability for now and the future!
Here’s how it works in detail
You are employed by the cooperative – full or part-time, with a Mini-Job or subject to social security contributions. You no longer invoice your clients. Smart takes care of this for you. Smart’s administration team is responsible for sending payment reminders and other bureaucratic matters, leaving you more time for the essentials! As your employer, Smart handles the punctual payment of your monthly salary and the deduction of social security contributions and income tax. You are also automatically covered by accident and liability insurance.
A model based on solidarity
As a member of Smart you are part of the revival of the cooperative idea in Europe. Smart Germany is part of a European network with a total of over 100,000 members in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands. As a member of Smart in Germany, you share services, infrastructure and costs in a spirit of solidarity and can actively participate in determining how the cooperative develops. Smart has over 850 members from many different sectors throughout Germany: Business consultancy, creative and cultural industries, education, IT and software and many more.
Become part of an innovative shared company!
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Smart was mentioned in:
Creative City Berlin Magazin: “Wir wollen die soziale Absicherung von Selbstständigen verbessern.”
IT Freelancer Magazin: “Freelancer-Genossenschaft mit interessantem Geschäftsmodell”
ver.di – Menschen Machen Medien: “Smarter Wechsel”
Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH: “Als Unternehmer:in angestellt – die bessere Alternative zur Selbstständigkeit?”
Smart is a prize winner in the “Berlin’s Social Enterprises 2022” competition in the “Transformation” category. With this award, the Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations recognizes outstanding social enterprises and makes their impact visible to all.
Smart was awarded the second prize of the Global Goals Lab Social Impact Fund 2021.