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Starting a business in Spain

If you have dreamed of starting a business in Spain, follow my story of the highs and lows of running a business in Spain. Avoid the pitfalls and let us tell you how the Spanish government can help you achieve a successful business.

18 July 2008

After a very busy morning and a couple of paracetamol, I have some way forward to finding out what help is available.

There are several grants available for women and businesses.

Being a women I am entitled to a subvencion (grant) of up to 6000 euros.

The steps so far that I have had to take are

Visit the local Seguridad social office and ask for a carton de paro (No clue if I have spelt that correctly) but they understood me! This is basically a card that you can prove that you are not employed.

With this I was given a number to call where a lovely girl asked me what I wanted and very patiently listened to my warble and told me to come and see her! When I arrived she asked me lots of questions about the business, how I hope to achieve my goals and what my long term plans were. 

After this she explained that I am entitled to apply for a grant of up to 6000 euros, and also that the Junta de Andalucia will pay my gestor costs for one year.

I am also entitled to Apply for help towards marketing/legalities of the business such as ensuring that the company name is registered legally etc.

The application for the grant is open three times a year (I think!) the next date is in September! However there are still people waiting to receive their grant from last year as this is a new programme.

I do not know if you have to be resident in Spain and also if you have had to pay into the social system? 

There are also several courses available (although they are all in Spanish) I am contemplating taking an accountancy course so that I can make sense of my paperwork! There are all sorts of courses available although the majority are full time courses there are part time ones as well. If anybody would like the web page link let me know.

If you need to improve your Spanish I have been to our local 'casa de cultura' I am not sure if every town has one, but in our local one you can register for all sorts of courses although these are mainly things like Yoga, potterey etc but in ours they have also added Spanish for foreigners. Our casa de la cultura is offering a course of 20 hours to get you started!

In order to find all of this out you do need to have some understanding of Spanish as I havent been able to find anyone yet who speaks English but this is a fantastic opportunity to improve your vocabulary.

This week I have learnt

Subvencion - Grant
Menos mal - Just as well
Estoy arta - I am fed up.

There are also other sorts of benefits available to new businesses. I think I need to try and decpiher the leaflets before I put my foot in it and give you all the wrong information.

Anyway I feel I have earned a large glass of wine as even though you can seem to take one step forward and two back when you do make progress the satisfaction is great!

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Working with children in Spain
18 July 2008

Today I have been left worrying whether to change the babys nursery yet again! I think that whatever care you choose for your child will never feel good enough or will compensate for your own care.

I picked the baby up after a morning at her local Spanish nursery to find that her nappy was soaking wet again and the spare nappies in her bag had not been used.

Of course my first reaction is to take her out of there and never to let her out of my sight but I have no choice but to work and I enjoy my work which is going from strength to strength. A quiet word with the nursery nurse will hopefully sort out this problem as she seems very content to go and is already speaking more Spanish than English. Mira (look!) is her favourite word!

Most women will tell you that work and mother hood is a continuous struggle, whilst you are at home you rush around cleaning up, ferrying the children from activity to activity and generally stressing out. When you go out to work you have to ensure that wherever you work will fit around the childrens school/nursery hours and school holidays.

In Spain there are several advantages and disadvantages to working.

The child care is a lot cheaper than the UK if you choose to go for a Spanish nursery for day care, however the number of children to staff ratio is a lot higher than in the UK. This is a great option to go for if you want your children to be completley bilingual. 

My children have all gone to Spanish nurseries and are all bilingual which is a great skill for their future but there is a feeling of guilt that still persists in that we are depriving them of the best standard of education.

Having worked for several companies in Spain and after having spent a year working for a Spanish arquitect to practice my Spanish, I have taken the decision to work for myself. 

This is great for me as I no longer have to dread the phone call into work when the children have an illness or need to take a day off to visit their school show. However there are disadvantages as I am quite often tapping away at my laptop unti two in the morning, only to find that the baby will wake an hour later!

Tomorrow I have an interesting morning as I am attending a meeting in Malaga on the various government run incentives for young businesses! All in Spanish! HELP! 

I will let you know how I get on!

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