One of the reasons I moved from Barcelona to Chicago was to expand my clientele as a translator, editor, interpreter, and writer.
It’s easier to be self-employed in the USA: you only need to pay taxes quarterly and annually. Besides that, in Spain, you have to pay an additional unattractive rate between 250 and 300 EUR for social security, no matter how much or little you earn. Even if you don’t make anything for one month, you still have to pay that amount.
In Spain, I had to take on jobs as a customer service representative to secure a steady income. On a positive note, these jobs usually included translating, editing and writing. Meanwhile, I looked for clients to consolidate my freelance career, which I started in 2010 after I graduated from college. Although I got several clients, I wasn’t getting work on a regular basis.
Furthermore, having a full-time job left me with little spare time. Whether I got freelance work or not, the prospect of having to pay almost 300 EUR every month wasn’t attractive. All these facts coupled with the high unemployment rate, the low-paying jobs, and the never-ending recession in Spain prompted me to decide to emigrate in 2016.
We only have one life. Everything is better when we choose to do what we want. I believe it’s not wise to spend your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
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In the USA, I’ve had more jobs as a freelance professional in less than a year that in the previous five years in Spain. I’m fulfilling my original purpose: my clientele as a translator, editor, and language instructor is growing.
In addition, I’m having the chance to try new avenues that I’m enjoying, such as working as a pet care professional with Fetch! Pet Care. I’ve always found looking after animals very fulfilling at a personal level. My services include dog walking, cat visitation, aquarium maintenance, overnight sitting and medicine administering. I often bond quickly with cats and dogs. This contributes to noted improvements in their behaviors.
Last, but not least, I’m loving the benefits that come with self-employment. I love being my own boss: I decide who, when and how.
When I wrote this article, Catalonia was still part of Spain.