To freelance or not to freelance in the UAE?


There are many doubts about the possibilities of obtaining a freelance license in the UAE. Is it possible or not? Are there strict requirements? The good news is - it’s possible! You can obtain a freelance license to pursue your career and plan your own working week and working hours! Nowadays many companies worldwide are looking to hire freelance workers to perform work on consultancy basis. This leads to increased work for the freelancer, and cost reduction for companies since they don’t have to hire full-time staff. 

So if you are interested in obtaining a freelance license, why not get in touch with us? The Watermill Consultants will assist you with obtaining the correct license depending on the nature of your business. You will enjoy 100% ownership and no income tax! 

As per UAE law, it is required to have an office space in order to obtain the freelance license. However, you can opt for a so-called smart office or hot desk, which is a shared desk in a common office space. This option has been created to cater to freelancers and consultants.

With a freelance license you are able to obtain a residency visa, but you are also able to freelance while on your spouse’s visa – whichever option suits you best.

Please note that if you are currently working in the UAE and if you have the desire to start freelancing on the side, please note that you will need to get a freelance license and you will need to request a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from your employer. 

If the above sounds like music to your ears, do contact us today and we will gladly assist you throughout the process of obtaining your freelance license. Why make use of our services? Even though it seems easy to setup a business in the UAE, it is a very time consuming and bureaucratic process. With the help of The Watermill Consultants your setup will be smooth, quick, and it will save a lot of time, money and frustration.

And in addition to the business setup, we can also provide you with personal guidance when applying for your visa, opening of your business banking account, arranging for a company stamp, and any other services which you might require. We’re looking forward to being of assistance to you! Contact us today: [email protected].

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