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Things to Consider Before Freelancing in the UAE

Have you ever thought of becoming a freelancer in the UAE? Working as a freelancer is legal in the UAE as long as you hold a license or a permit. Many entrepreneurs in the Emirates are freelancing at the start, and then upgrading to a company as they get more established. 

Freelancing is sure not for everyone. It is stressful and initially hard, but with the right skills, passion, determination, and discipline, you will slowly get on board and start getting clients. If you think you have what it takes to become one, there are several options you can choose. 

One is by obtaining a Freelancer permit. This permit allows individuals in media, technology and, education sectors to offer specific services legally in the UAE. With this particular permit, an individual is not allowed to get a Tax Identification Number, which some of your prospective clients may require and will be a hassle for you in the future. If your skills or profession do not fall under these sectors, and you think having a TRN is essential for you, your next best option is to get a trade license and set up your own business as a freelancer.

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Setting up as a freelancer under the Ajman Free Zone license is one of the many other options. More and more free zones in the UAE are supporting freelancers, and Ajman Free Zone is one of them. You can obtain a service license that can allow you to offer services like marketing management, IT consultancy, web designing consultancy, and many more.

But before considering deciding to become a freelancer, here are a few things to consider:

  1. Make sure you are not limited to particular business activities. Ajman Free Zone offers a wide variety of business activities that cater to all major industries. Get professional advice from one of Smart Zone’s business setup experts to ensure you are getting all the right information.
  2. Make sure you are not limited to scaling up your business as you grow—the ability to increase your service operation without any legal implications. You would need to hire people in the future, which you can only be done if you have a trade license.
  3. Make sure you are not limited to expanding your market across the UAE. With the Ajman Free Zone license, you have the flexibility to do business anywhere, and it allows you to attract both local and international clients. You can avail of an Ajman Free Zone license from AED 6,000* with Smart Zone.

Setting up as a freelancer in the UAE comes with a cost. You have to make sure that you have saved up some right amount of finances to keep up until you are up and running. Excellent planning, researching your clients well, having the right skills, and market knowledge will equip you to succeed in a short period. 

Freelancing can be rewarding, given the freedom it gives the individual. Being your own boss is excellent, but at the same time challenging. The decision is on you if you think you are highly-focused, self-motivated, and well-driven, then what are you waiting for?

Start enjoying the freedom of being a freelancer and an entrepreneur. Take a step forward, get the right license, and launch your own company. Talk to one of Smart Zone’s business setup experts today and find out more about your licensing options. Call +971 55 233 0077 today.

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