We consider as distance sales all the sales taking place without the simultaneous physical presence of the buyer and the seller. When carrying out a trading exchange, the offer is transmitted from the seller to the buyer, who may accept is by any means of distance communication. Within Europe, distance selling occurs when a member of the EU, holding a valid VAT number, trades with another member without a VAT registered number.
Every entrepreneur and company manager in Spain should keep informed with the global and national news. Indeed, some events or changes in the social, political or economical background could have an significant impact on your company´s activity and development.
However, it is true that the language may constitute an obstacle when trying to read the national or regional newspaper. Here are some major websites prodiving information about Spain and Cataluña in English. Read more
When starting up a business in Spain, you will be confronted to several specific Spanish words. This article will enlighten you about those, giving you a definition and the French equivalent.
NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros)
The NIE is the identification number attributed to every foreigner living in Spain. Recent Spanish legislation makes it compulsory for anyone selling or buying property, opening a bank account or creating a company in Spain to have a NIE. Everyone can get this NIE, whether European or not. It is composed of 8 or 9 characters and starts with an “X” or a “Y”. Read more
In order to start a business in Spain you have to get a CIF (Código de Identificación Fiscal). This number is the tax identification number of your company; it is the Spanish equivalent of the VAT.
This number enables you to undertake economic and business activities in Spain and throughout Europe.
You are not obliged to include VAT on customer bills for a company which is established in the European Union, and conversely, they will not charge you if you are registered in the VAT register (VIDAS census). Read more
It is a fact, the word crisis uses to bring essentially pejorative ideas to our mind. But, we must instead consider the current crisis as a real opportunity for new-born entrepreneurs.
Lets list some of the main advantages of undertaking in Spain during the recession period.
- The main point is the lack of job opportunities. Since a crisis often generates an increase of the unemployment rate, there are a lot of available young or experienced workers over the market. A company may as a consequence be able to have a large choice when recruiting and so recrute high-skilled workers for lower cost. In Spain, the minimum wage is for example twice lower than the French SMIC. Read more
In Spain, starting up a business is now very simple. Indeed, in recent years, the government has simplified the process. When using the services of an accounting firm, the creation of your company can be effective within less than 24 hours with the “Rapido Pack” or 8 days with the “Personalized pack”.
Here are the different steps to set up a business in Spain.