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Freelancing in Madrid: A survivor's guide

High unemployment rates in Spain over the past decade have given rise to a dynamic self-starting culture, not least in the capital. But there are a few things for freelancers to know about Madrid before starting out...

Spain’s recovery from the financial crisis has led a sharp rise in freelancing and self-employment. The number of startups operating in Spain rose by 20 percent in 2017 and co-working spaces are practically opening on every corner of the capital. A growing appetite across Europe for remote and flexible working means Madrid has become one of the most exciting hubs for freelancers looking to launch projects, build start-ups and provide consultancy services.

  WeWork's co-working space on Madrid's Castellana. Photo: WeWork

WeWork's co-working space on Madrid's Castellana. Photo: WeWork

  Photo: Sagas at Matadero Madrid

Photo: Sagas at Matadero Madrid

  Photo: Google Campus

Photo: Google Campus

But working for oneself is no easy gig, especially if combined with moving to a new city as a foreigner. Floating around in the heat, armed with your laptop, while battling a heavily bureaucratic public administration system, as well as juggling client deadlines, may quickly lead you to despair.

So to avoid that, there are some useful places around Madrid that all freelancers recently arrived in the city should know about, such as: workspaces for rent, workspaces for free, business admin, public admin, as well as the best spots in town for fancy client meetings….

Read the full version of this article in The Local.

 Brunch meeting? Go to the Only YOU Boutique located in the heart of Chueca

Brunch meeting? Go to the Only YOU Boutique located in the heart of Chueca

 Smoozing a fancy client? Try the Ginkgo Sky Bar at VP Plaza España Design

Smoozing a fancy client? Try the Ginkgo Sky Bar at VP Plaza España Design

Agnish Ray