How to Become a Freelancer in the UAE?

April 8, 2020 1 Comment

Alexander Graham Bell made the famous quote, “When one door closes, another opens.” This quote may seem overly optimistic in the current economic times but it’s still very true.

With everything going on around the world and with all the personal and professional challenges we’re all facing, I want to talk about an alternative option for companies and candidates that can hopefully not only get us through this period but also create a new way to look at workforce planning and employment.

Recruitment for the most part has not only come to a complete stop in the UAE, many people have been made redundant, asked to take significant pay cuts and even unpaid leave for an extended period of time.

Call me a blind optimist, but I have faith we can bounce back from this and continue to contribute to the local economy and keep building towards making the UAE a destination for all thriving businesses.

Here’s how…

If you are running a business and trying to think of ways to continue operations without the headcount commitments, then bringing in freelancers is the way to go. I will address this in a lot more detail in my next post.

If you are a skilled professional and are figuring out your next move, then becoming a freelancer could be the best option for you.

In the UAE, there are now many options to set yourself up as a freelancer. Places like FreelancerVisa, GoFreelance and DynamicFreelancer provide a simple, efficient and supportive process.

How does it work?

  • You provide all necessary documentation through an online portal which can take up to roughly 2 weeks to process.
  • Once approved, you’re required to make a payment for your freelancer permit which is typically issued within 2-3 working days.
  • You then apply for an Establishment card. This can take up to 2 weeks to be issued.
  • Once you have received all this, you now can apply for your visa and you have the choice of a 1 or 3 year visa. I’m not sure many people know this, but you’re also able to sponsor dependants on a freelancer visa.
  • This is all done for you by the above companies mentioned.

What does it cost?

  • The permit will roughly cost 7,500 AED p/year
  • Establishment card is 3,000 AED p/year
  • Visa roughly costs 4,500 AED for a 3-year visa
  • Dependants will roughly cost you 3,000 – 4,000 AED each

Mention ARC Talent or the #arctalentfreelancer in the month of April and Dynamic Freelancer and Freelancer Visa will offer you a discount on your set up costs.

Once all this is done, all that is left for you to do is actively register on any freelancer job portal or speak to the relevant ARC Talent recruitment consultants and you should hopefully start being invited to discuss potential assignments.

Bell, was also quoted in saying “we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Another door is opening. Are you willing to walk though?

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