WHY THIS MEETUP HAPPENED
This was our first hybrid event since pandemic started, and we were in two locations:
Betahaus in Berlin and Coliving and Surfing in Fuerteventura. Why do we have this connection? Well, I am from Spain and I live in Berlin, so I obviously have a strong connection with and in between these countries.
Since the pandemic started, and many people had to work from home, the possibility of working also from another country became accessible not only for digital nomads, but also for employees.
I had the privilege to escape from winter with a lockdown in Berlin to Corralejo in Fuerteventura for two months. The experience is amazing from a personal and professional perspective. The personal aspect, I felt better in many aspects, because I could do more sports and I had more energy in general. The professional one, I met so many interesting people (mainly actually from Germany – I spoke more German in Spain than in Berlin!) and made good network connections.
During my walks on the beach I started to think about my e-learning academy e-Bloom. Now, one year after, I am back to Corralejo at the same hotel, Surfing Colors, but this time they already have the coworking space and e-Bloom is already live!
The topic of remote teams has been present in many of our events in the last year and we had few questions about organizing remote teams but also about tax and legal stuff.
The key factor to launch this event came from the connector in between all of us (our meetup, the guest speaker and the two locations), Diego Gaspar. Diego is also a lecturer and startup mentor and he is now dedicated to developing the project Inn Remote for remote workers. Thanks to him we got both coworkings to run the event and our guest speaker Josu Sanz.
Josu is the founder of Innwit, a creative digital agency that specialises in unique websites and configurators. He is from Navarra (north Spain) but has lived in Fuerteventura for a few years already. He manages teams in different countries and he has another company in Estonia.
WHAT WAS THIS MEETUP ABOUT?
Josu is also the co-author of the book “Freelance Manager”, where he also gives some tips to improve the freelancer’s organization and how to make the most of your network.
During this event, Josu explained how he has created his company in north Spain and why and how he decided to move to live (partly at his apartment and partly van) in Fuerteventura.
Nowadays Canary Islands is one of the most popular destinations for remote workers and digital nomads, together with Cyprus and Madeira (We are talking about Europe). But Josu made this move many years before the pandemic. Why Fuerteventura? Well, the island is a paradise for surf lovers like Josu, but also for anyone who enjoys nice and mild weather during all year. The island is quiet and the lifestyle is slower, something that you need from time to time if you feel like you are accelerated due to stress or your surroundings.
But that is not the only reason, the Canary Islands don’t want to depend so much on tourism and want to attract more digital talent to the islands. For that reason, there are certain privileges if you live in the archipelago:
1 – 75% discount granted by the Spanish State on scheduled air transport fares for all European Union citizens residing in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla.
2 – Corporate Income Tax ZEC Entities are subject to the Corporate Income Tax in force in Spain, at the reduced rate of 4%. This special rate will apply to a maximum amount of the income tax, depending on the number of jobs created. You can learn more about it on the ZEC website or watch the video of our meetup where Josu explains the details.
Apart from talking about tax benefits, we have also talked about hiring remote teams and how is the experience hiring teams from India, Pakistan, Philippines or Georgia. When hiring remote teams we have to take into account some cultural differences. For example, Josu explained how he motivates teams to deal with deadlines. He creates an agreement with a price per gig, but he gives bonuses if the freelancer finishes the job before the deadline or pays less per overdue date.
He has spent a lot of time and money to find his team, and now he is also about to open an office in the Philippines, as he already has few people who are from the same city and work full time for his company.
He has also founded a company in Estonia, something quite popular nowadays thanks to the benefits of opening a company in Estonia. For example:
1 – You only need 48 hours to open a business
2 – Everything is digital thanks to the e-Resident card and gives you a lot of freedom to live wherever you want
3 – For companies who have co-founders from different countries and living in different countries, it is a great option
4 – No need to contribute the authorised capital when establishing a company
Of course there are more things to take into account, to learn more about it, you can also contact one of our members, Matti, who normally attends our meetups and he is a partner from the Scandinavian Business Hub and very knowledgeable in this topic…. Or google it 🙂
HOW TO CONNECT AND SPECIAL THANKS
We want to give special thanks to Betahaus Berlin, who provided their space for our free event, to Josu Sanz for this time, Diego Gaspar for making this possible and Coliving and Surfing, who are also providing a discount for our members in their hotel for remote workers.
So, if you are fed up of the gray and cold winter and you want to work from a place where you can enjoy sports (yoga, pilates, taichi, swimming pool are included for the members), high speed wifi, sun and meet other remote workers, you just have to book with this code
BMREPUBLIC to get a 7% discount in bookings between the 1st of January 2022 and the 30th of June 2022.
at their website https://www.surfingcolors.com/workation/
I highly recommend it, it is my third time here for a long stay.