How to work in Spain and live your life to the full: Be your own boss!

Living an ideal lifestyle in Spain is many people’s dream. Is it yours?

In reality, if you have to work in Spain, this may not always allow you to have all the time to do everything you love to do.

Having a job that allows you to enjoy what this wonderful country offers is what many people strive towards when they relocate.

Most of us want more time to spend with family and friends, more time to travel, more leisure time for playing the numerous sports enjoyed here and more time for entertainment and to enjoy the plentiful local festivities. The list goes on …

So, how can you work in Spain and have time to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle?

A great option is to create your own work in Spain and be your own boss.

Read on and see what options you have. We hope you’ll agree that the option of setting up a business in Spain may not be as crazy as it initially seems.

Setting up the business is the easy part. We can do that for you. Read our article about the procedure and paperwork side. Our business consultant and accountant will guide you through the setup procedures and assist you every step of the way. You focus on the business and he will take care of the paperwork for you.

What you initially need to decide is:

  • What do you want to do for work in Spain?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What skills do you have?
  • Are there any gaps in the market for a particular business?
  • How much set up capital do you have/ want to invest?
  • How much time do you want to spend each day/week?
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If you are moving to Spain with a pre-existing business that is location independent, fantastic! (Read more about this in our article:  To set up your business in the Malaga and Costa del Sol area, contact us and we will make it easy for you!

If you are moving to Spain and need to find work in Spain and prefer to be your own boss and have the flexibility that allows you to enjoy your desired lifestyle, why not consider one of the following ideas…

Here are some ideas for creating your own work in Spain:

Property Management:

Property management is a very popular business in many parts of Spain due to the high number of second homes and holiday rental properties. Creating a reliable and strong network of local people such as cleaners, gardeners, maintenance people, who are all coordinated and managed by an organised and efficient person is key to a management companies success.

Although this type of company requires a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week service, it doesn’t mean that you have to work all the hours. That is up to you!

Holiday Rentals / Bed & Breakfast:

Owning your own bed and breakfast or holiday rental property in Spain can be alluring as it allows you to live and work from the comfort of your home, and that’s exactly what most people want.

Our team member Louise Brace is an expert on holiday accommodation, she’ll be happy to work with you to find your ideal property and in setting up such a business! Spend a few minutes reading her tips on purchasing a rental investment in Spain.

What if I want to set up a business as a non-EU citizen?

The situation for non-EU citizens is a little more complex, as you have to arrive in Spain on a tourist or a non-lucrative visa. This means you are not allowed to work or set up business here in Spain.

However, there is always the option to take the  Spanish Golden Visa route. This is offered to non-EU citizens who purchase property in Spain worth over 500,000 €. You don’t have to purchase only one property. You can invest in a property for your own personal use and another, or more depending on your budget. that generates rental income for you to live off.

Contact us for further information on Golden Visa opportunities.

When deciding to set up this kind of business, it is very important to consider your own living requirements and the space required for you to enjoy your lifestyle whilst being able to offer a service and earn a living.


Translation/ Interpreter:

If you have a good level of Spanish and are mobile or have access to good public transport, working as a translator is a good option for earning money in Spain. It is not a business that will make you a lot of money but it will allow for a flexible working timetable.

Renewable Energy Industry:

The renewable energy industry in Spain is growing. Electricity costs are high and alternative energy sources are a desired commodity. When you invest in the renewable energy industry you are investing in a business that will help to better the lives of future generations. There are many forms of government grants available in this industry. Consult with a reputable gestor to find out more.

See this article for more renewable energy industry ideas:

Marketing and Public Relations Services:

Making money from a PR and advertising business is relatively easy, provided you have the required knowledge and skill set. You can start your own PR or advertising agency with modest start-up capital, and you can easily operate from the comfort of your home.

Services you can offer to companies in Spain include market research services, SEO services; E-mail marketing, Call centres and social media marketing.

Co-working/Office Sharing:

This is a business that is becoming more and more popular in Spain.  As well as local residents, there are many foreigners who want to start their own businesses are not able to afford the luxury of renting an office space. Co-working makes it possible for several people to come together to share an office space to carry out their businesses. As a Co-working service provider, you provide the space and facilities and collect rent from interested persons.

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So, there you have a few alternative ideas about how you can create your own work in Spain. Work that will eventually allow you to live your desired lifestyle. Obviously, all businesses require more time and dedication during startup but provided you have taken the right steps at the beginning, there is no reason why your business will not survive and even thrive!

We look forward to helping your new business start up, survive and thrive in Spain!

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