If you plan to move to Spain as a freelancer, you’ll want to read about the ins and outs of setting up alone in this beautiful country.
There are currently over 3 million self employed people in Spain. If you’re considering moving to Spain as a self-employed person, it makes sense to think carefully about the implications. Of course, the freedom of being able to move to a beautiful country because of your flexible working position is great, but you should have a good idea of what to expect when you do it as part of an international move.
Being Self Employed In Spain
Being self-employed in Spain is called being an Autonomo. You still have to pay over 280 euros a month which gives you access to the Spanish version of the NHS and puts money towards your state pension, just like in the UK.
You can do your national insurance yourself but because you’re new to Spain, it makes sense to hire an accountant familiar with the system. The same goes for paying tax and VAT quarterly after expenses, which is easier with the help of a Spanish accountant.
Before you start working as a self-employed person in Spain you legally have to register with the Spanish tax office. The process can take some time as with everything in Spain when it comes to paperwork so do allow plenty of time to get it done. You also need to register with social security before you start trading too.
Speaking To A Professional Makes Sense
There are some complex rules in regard to tax, year-end obligations, and additional profit obligations. Unless you know about the processes and rules in detail, it makes sense to speak to a professional to help you get set up properly.
It may compromise your position as an expat to get something wrong legally during your first 6 months of your international move. It might seem an extra cost to enlist a professional for this process but it is a worthy investment to help ensure you can make money legally in your new country.
Research Your Ability To Make Money
Even if you only need a connection to the internet to make money, it is important to ensure you can get a good internet connection in your new place. Maybe the village doesn’t have good WIFI, maybe you’re not within easy reach of coffee shops to work in, maybe the internet is particularly expensive in your new location.
The same goes for relying on new clients in a certain area. Visit and check there are the kinds of clients you need before committing to that area.
It pays to do your research before committing to a new place when your livelihood depends on that one aspect of living.
If being self-employed is the way that you plan to make money in Spain, it makes sense to ensure you have everything in place so that you can do that comfortably and legally. Follow our guide above and do seek professional help, the result is the ability to generate an income to fund your brand new life in Spain. Another way to make life easier is by paying some international movers to help you.