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The term "freelance refers to a person who works independently and offers his or her services to various companies or clients, without being subject to an employment contract or a fixed employment contract. Freelance is a self-employed professional who works remotely and can offer services in different areas, such as graphic design, programming, content writing, translation, consulting, among others. Freelancers are usuallystablish your own working hours and determine your own rates, and you can work for clients in different parts of the world using online platforms.

There are different types of freelancers depending on the field in which they work and the relationship they have with their clients.

Examples include:

  1. Freelance graphic design: are responsible for work related to the design of logos, posters, brochures, web pages, etc.
  2. Freelance content writer: are dedicated to writing articles, blog posts, product descriptions, among others.
  3. Freelance translator: specialise in translating texts from one language into another.
  4. Freelance programming: are responsible for creating and maintaining software, mobile applications and websites.
  5. Freelance digital marketing: are dedicated to creating online marketing strategies, including social media advertising, SEO, email marketing, among others.
  6. Freelance consultancy: offer consultancy services in various areas, such as finance, human resources, business strategy, among others.
  7. Freelance photographer: are in charge of photo shoots for events, advertising, fashion, among others.
  8. Freelance teaching and training: offer training and teaching services in various areas, including languages, computers, music, among others.
  9. Freelance personal services: offer personalised services to their clients, such as personal training, pet care, event organisation, among others.

These are just a few examples, as the variety of freelance work that can be done is very wide.

How do I register as a freelance?


  1. Obtain a tax identification number (NIF) or foreigner identification number (NIE) if you are a foreigner.
  2. Choose the tax regime that best suits your situation. If you are self-employed, you must register with the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA). If you are not self-employed, you can register as a self-employed worker.
  3. Go to the Tax Agency and register for the Economic Activities Tax (IAE). You must choose the epigraph that corresponds to the activity you are going to carry out.
  4. Register your activity with the Social Security. If you are self-employed, you must register with the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers (RETA) and pay the corresponding contribution. If you are not self-employed, you must register as a self-employed worker in the General Social Security Scheme.
  5. Apply for an opening licence if your activity requires physical premises. You must go to your local town hall and apply for the corresponding licence.

It is important that you consult a tax or labour advisor to guide you through the whole process and help you comply with all relevant tax and labour obligations.

Where can I look for freelancers to work for my company?

There are several platforms and websites where you can search for freelancers to work for your company.


  1. Upwork: is a freelance recruitment platform offering a wide variety of categories, from design and development to writing and marketing.
  2. is another popular freelance recruitment website, with a focus on design, development, writing and marketing.
  3. Fiverr: is a platform that focuses on graphic design, copywriting and translation, web development and marketing services.
  4. Guru: is a freelance recruitment platform that focuses on design, development, writing and marketing, as well as administration and finance.
  5. LinkedIn: is a professional social network that can also be used to find freelancers in areas such as design, programming and marketing.

Remember that It is always important to review freelancers' profiles and read reviews and comments from other clients before making a decision. It is also important to clearly define the terms of work and the scope of the project before hiring a freelancer.

Advantages and disadvantages of working with freelancers


  1. Flexibility: Freelancers often have flexible working hours and can work according to the needs of the company.
  2. Reduced costs: Compared to hiring a full-time employee, freelancers can be cheaper as they are paid only for the work done.
  3. Variety of skills: Freelancers often have specialised skills in specific areas, which can help the company achieve high quality results.
  4. Reduction of labour costs: no social security contributions are required, nor other expenses inherent to the hiring of personnel, as they are independent.
  1. Lack of control: It can be difficult to control the quality of a freelancer's work as they are not physically on site.
  2. Communication: Communication with freelancers can be difficult as they are not available for face-to-face meetings and communication is usually done by email or phone calls.
  3. Long-term commitment: freelancers may not be committed to the company in the long term and may not be available to work on future projects.
  4. Confidentiality risk: freelancers may work for several companies at the same time, which may increase the risk of confidential information being disclosed.

It is important to consider these advantages and disadvantages before deciding whether working with freelancers is the best option for your company.





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Jaime Cavero

Presidente de la Aceleradora mentorDay. Inversor en startups e impulsor de nuevas empresas a través de Dyrecto, DreaperB1 y mentorDay.
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