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Freelancing means working for yourself, as an independent entrepreneur, which is completely legal in the UAE with the appropriate license.

Maybe you just jumped off a plane with a great plan or have been working in the UAE for a while or maybe you want to do business in the UAE from another country, whatever. Whatever applies to you, there are some things to consider before you take a step. Like any labor market, the UAE has some guidelines and whims, and if you speed up their use, you will save time, money and frustration in the long run.

As a freelancer, you establish yourself as a single-person company, you work as an individual, but you do business on your own behalf, which is a little different from starting a startup company. Many entrepreneurs start as freelancers, and then later upgrade by founding companies, which is easy to do in the Emirates.

Freelancers in the UAE are not always required to submit official bills or be subject to audit - which is ideal for a busy entrepreneur. Freelancing may not mean that you always have a steady job, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your family to the UAE with you. Once your visa is secured, provided you qualify for earnings, you will also be able to sponsor family members (or employees if you are starting a company).

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