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Going Self-employed in Spain

I’ve thought about it for so long, and I’ve now decided to go “autónomo” (= self-employed) in Spain. To try my luck as a self-employed translator/language teacher... as a full-time freelancer! :) It means, finding my clients, creating invoices for my services, taking care of my tax matters by myself, and so on. I’m excited!

I must say that the whole system of becoming self-employed in Spain seems like a jungle to me. Coming from Scandinavia, I don’t understand why you have to pay so much to be self-employed. Luckily, you get a discount for the first 18 months. Actually, for the first 6 months, I’ll only have to pay 53 Euros (including social security) - after that, the price slowly goes up.

Now, I want to share this short and great article with you. It's a step-by-step guide to how to get started. If you feel a bit lost, just like me, then this is a good starting point:

I’ve got my Spanish bank account, my NIE (from the police station), and a social security number (from a short-term job I did last year), so I’m ready to move on. I’m going to book my appointment with the Hacienda (= Spanish Tax Agency) at the end of this month – one step further towards my self-employment :)

How to become a freelancer in Spain


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