Voluntary Public Unemployment Insurance – Statutory Compulsory Insurance upon Request

Upon request, it is possible to continue your statutory compulsory insurance at the labor office in the event of unemployment. You are entitled to the statutory compulsory insurance if you invest at least 15 hours work time per week into your own business and if you worked as an employee and were entitled to unemployment insurance at least 12 months in the past 2 years. 

Entrepreneurs must submit the application at their local labor office within three months after founding their business. This insurance can only be terminated after 5 years, but it ends automatically when you stop being self-employed.

Source: Hubatscheck, Bernd: "Existenzgründung", http://www.mkk-consult.de , retrieved December 2018.