Freelancing BCN

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As we already mentioned in our post about co working, the work universe is changing!

Alongside co working, the freelance movement is starting to become important. Just to make sure that we are all in the same page, here is a short definition. A freelancer is a self-employed person offering a variety of services. These services can be directed to businesses or to individual clients. Also, each freelancer offers a set of unique skills. Nowadays, the main services are marketing and social media, copywriting, publicity, writing, technological support, creative works and financial support.

Moreover, freelancing offers a flexible work life. You can determine your own hours, projects and client list. Furthermore, freelancing gives you the opportunity to decide your price range. This can be higher than what companies pay a hired employee. Similarly, the work flow is different. Many freelancers can work with the same set of clients for a long period of time. Or, they can take on specific projects for a short period of time.

Freelancing might be the only way to follow your passion and make some money at the same time!

Barcelona – The land of modern opportunities

 Barcelona is more than a city surrounded by sun, sea and mountains. In fact, quality of life here is higher than usual. And it’s the perfect place to take a career risk!

For many people, figuring out what they want to do is not black and white. Besides, there might not exist their dream job! So it’s a great option to become a freelancer. But it doesn’t have to be as scary and lonely as it seems. For one thing, in Barcelona there is a large and unique community of “autónomos”. They give work advice, guidance, mentoring, inspiration and business structures.

How to get started

If you are contemplating freelancing, you need to take into account the costs and legal requirements involved with this decision.

  • Current passport
  • Spanish DNI or NIE
  • Residency document (Volante de Empadronamiento)
  • A detailed description of your proposed activity.
  • Proof of sufficient economic resources to carry out and invest in your proposed activity.
  • Any necessary academic titles or accreditation, authorisations, licences, or proof of ownership or rental of property
  • Proof of ownership or access to material necessary to carry out your proposed activity.

Try to decide what you’ll offer and determine your target market as soon as possible. This step will also lead you to decide if you want to specialize in a specific niche market. Moreover, you should have a clear idea of your brand image and its unique selling proposition. 

Then the first thing you need to do is take care of your Impuesto de Activitidades Economicas (IAE). By doing this step you will become a fiscal resident in Spain. Actually, you will need a residency document, a NIE and the needed form. Also, the category you choose will arbitrate whether or not you have to pay IVA (VAT).

And the second thing you need to do is register in the RETA (Régimen Especial de Trabajadores Autónomos) at the Seguridad Social. The social security number needed is called “Número de Afilición en la Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social.

Finally, it’s time to create an online profile. This can be done via social media or by creating your own website. Afterward, you will start building your clientele. They are many events and websites that can help you find work.


The minimum expense that a freelancer has per month is their social security contribution. Usually, people opt to pay the minimum allowed, which is around 270€. The government has recently started offering economic incentives to new and younger freelances: First-time autónomos under 30 pay €50 euro per month for 30 months. First-timers over 30 pay €50 euro per month for 18 months.

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