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Hi, I currently live in the UAE. I am a professional photographer. My wife and I would like to gradually shift our businesses (she is a freelance Event Manager) to Spain. We both have legal trade licenses for the UAE.

As we are not employed by anyone, we would be self employed. Also while we both have lots of good clients, they are all based in the UAE. So to facilitate our eventual move we would like to start building a client base in Spain now so that when we do move, we do not have to start fresh and find clients.

How can this happen legally? We would still be living in the UAE at first but would find clients for work in Spain during the summer. Finding information on our specific circumstance is difficult!

Any advice and help would be much appreciated.
 

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Well first you probably need to say where in Spain you are thinking of relocating to. If it is a major city then you will find there is quite a bit of competition and you would need to have Spanish to be able to effectively reach as much business as possible. The south coast has more English speaking foreigners but I am not sure how much of a living you could make especially as most of them are retired and unlikely to need this type of service as much as others.

You would also need to set yourselves up as autonomo which is another long story but can be found on this site.

Remember that compared to UAE Spain is quite poor so I would not think you have anything like the earning potential here as there. Good luck
 

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Thanks - do I need to set my self up as an autonomo even if I just want to work here in the summer (2-3 months)?
 

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Hi, I currently live in the UAE. I am a professional photographer. My wife and I would like to gradually shift our businesses (she is a freelance Event Manager) to Spain. We both have legal trade licenses for the UAE.

As we are not employed by anyone, we would be self employed. Also while we both have lots of good clients, they are all based in the UAE. So to facilitate our eventual move we would like to start building a client base in Spain now so that when we do move, we do not have to start fresh and find clients.

How can this happen legally? We would still be living in the UAE at first but would find clients for work in Spain during the summer. Finding information on our specific circumstance is difficult!

Any advice and help would be much appreciated.
The Camara de Comercio (Chamber of Commerce )might be able to help you
https://www.camara.es/en
There is a contact address at the top right hand corner next to the Spanish flag.

Please tell us if you decide to go down this route and what if any help you receive!
 
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