Starting a Business in Barcelona – long story short!

How to start a business in Spain

Starting a business in Barcelona – 10 simple steps to success!

Good day entrepreneurs all over the world, feeling a bit creative today? In that case, I guess it’s time for some informative yet necessary stuff if you want to know the steps of starting a business in Barcelona. Spain is one of the most beautiful countries and has a lot to offer so, as knowledge is power, this blog will be providing you with all the info that needs to be considered in order to have your magical ‘willywonk’-ish $$$ making pond here (oh and we’ve made it so that starting a business in Barcelona is easy).


Starting a Business in Barcelona Step#1: Getting the famous NIE

NIE, or Numero de Identificacion de Extranjero (Foreigner Identification Number) is a document without which you cannot undertake any commercial action in Spain. The whole procedure on how to get it can be found here. The NIE can be used for other purposes as well, such as paying taxes or buying a property.


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Starting a Business in Barcelona Step#2: Other preliminary documentation

Make sure you have the following paperwork ready and valid: passport and Certificado de Empadronamiento (Community Registration Certificate), details for which you can find by clicking here. You will need these in order to proceed to Starting a business in Barcelona Step #3.


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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#3: Certificacion negativa de la denominación social

Certificacion negativa de la denominacion social means certifying the uniqueness of the proposed company name, which will officially provide you with complete rights on the actual name of the company and will be reserved for 6 months after you’ve chosen it. In order to obtain it you will have to go to the Central Commercial Registry (Registro Mercantil which can be found here), it costs 16.25€, and usually takes around 2 days.

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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#4: Pay the Impuesto de Actividades Económicas

Next step is to pay the Impuesto de Actividades Economicas, which literally translates into Tax for Economic Activities. Practically it’s the tax that you have to pay to the Government to let you undergo a commercial action. It can be done in the Delegacion Especial de Economia y Hacienda, map right here. It is different, depending on the business. After you’ve done that, you will get the Codigo the Identificacion Fiscal (CIF) – tax identification code. This tax ranges from 150€ to 300€, depending on the amount of share capital deposited.


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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#5: Open a corporate bank account

Why do you need a corporate bank account? Well, for several reasons. Firstly, it’s the place where your income will go when people make payments in exchange of your goods or services. Secondly, this where the government will be deducting the taxes from, so it’s kind of mandatory for you to have one. It takes about one day to create one and it’s free of charge. Note that you have to be pretty much a morning person, as banks here only work from 9am until 2pm (with an exception on Thursdays when they work 9am-8pm). Also bear in mind that you need to make deposit of a minimum 3005.06€ representing your intial start-up capital.


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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#6: Make an appointment with a notary

You’re almost done with the paperwork. With the documents mentioned above you will now have to schedule a meeting with a notary in order to get them officially signed and stamped with the purpose of being presented to the Starting a business in Barcelona Step #6. Brace yourselves, as you’re going to be paying a little high price for couple of stamps – around 500€, depending on the operation complexity.


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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#7: Find your operating site

The next logical step is to know where your operations will be taking place. Accordingly, you will need the documents that prove that you either own or are using a rented office, restaurant, warehouse etc. (obviously depending on the area of your business). With these, you will then proceed to Starting a business in Barcelona Step#8.

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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#8: Obtain the Licencia Municipal de Apertura from the Ayuntamiento

Now it’s time for you to register your place of operations with the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) – here – with the papers mentioned above and apply for the Licencia Municipal de Apertura (Municipal Opening License) from the City Hall’s Departamento de Urbanismo (City Planning Department), which basically means that you let the City Hall know you are starting your commercial activity in that specified site. Charges -> 350€.

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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#9: Register for the social services

For 240€ a month worth of tax, you will be registered for the welfare and health social services, meaning that you are pretty much covered by the social insurance in case something bad happens while at work. You can benefit from some more options if you extra (around €25 a month).

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Starting a business in Barcelona Step#10: Register your people

Unless you are a one man business, you are going to need some more human resources to run your thingy. Consequently every person you take on has to be registered at the Tesoreria General de la Seguridad Social (Social Security General Treasury) and then within 10 days time at the Instituto Nacional de Empleo (National Employment Institute).



And that’s it! That’s all you need to know about the process of starting a business in Barcelona. Now the hard part begins – the actual money making. From us here, we wish you the best of luck with everything involving your business and we are happy to have helped you!


Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon).












Barcelona New Year’s Resolutions 2015 – promises you have to keep in 2015 in Barcelona!

New Year's Resolutions Barcelona 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR ladies and gents! We hope you had a blast in the night between the years and that your holidays were awesome and that now you have your batteries recharged for the new year, because you’re gonna need that energy! Why? As any beginning of a year must have some resolutions, here are ours - Barcelona New Year’s Resolutions for 2015! And remember, always be a DO-er, not a DON’T-er! So let’s get started, peeps!


1. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #1 – ENHANCE YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

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As people might say: ‘Beauty comes from the inside’, being strong and healthy is extremely important in order to prolong your life, so that you will prove to people that that saying is actually true. Here is all you need to know about gyms in Barcelona! In addition, also take a look these tips of how to stay healthy in Barcelona! Wanna join a sports club? Sure, we’ve got something about sports clubs in Barcelona as well!


2. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #2 – ENHANCE YOUR MENTAL WELL-BEING

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From ancient times, people have been fascinated about mental wellness, which is why latins had the saying ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ (healthy mind in a healthy body), just to emphasise how important it is to have a perfect balance between your brain and your flesh. Accordingly, start thinking more positively, laugh more and basically enjoy your life in Barcelona! Perhaps some chocolate might cheer you up? Or a new movie?


3. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #3 – INCREASE YOUR WEALTH

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Money doesn’t bring you happiness, but still can’t move around without it. It is important to have enough money, as when you achieve that you could help others less fortunate than you. So why not join a course in Barcelona to help your raise some cash? Barcelona business schools are famous worldwide for their quality, so a course done here in definitely pure gold in your vault!


4. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #4 – IMPROVE YOUR EDUCATION

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Did I already mention how many high quality universities there are in Barcelona ? Oh yeah, I think I did. Anyway, improving your education makes your CV go BOOM! when analysed by the employers, so better check out the most essential stuff that you need to know about studying here in Barcelona!


5. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #5 – LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

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Nothing trains your coordination better than a musical instrument, and coordination is something that you need every day. So this year we suggest you learn or improve your skills of playing an instrument (the younger the better). If you’re into drums, click here to see the places where you can practice drums in Barcelona!


6. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #6 – TAKE A TRIP

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Travelling is awesome! It doesn’t only improve your general knowledge, but also your capability of empathy, the experts say. So this year you need to take at least one trip from Barcelona to see the places around it, as Catalunya is not just Barcelona. There are dozens of other amazing sites that you should not miss!!


7. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #7 – SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE DEAR ONES

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Aristotle once said: ‘Man is a social animal’, meaning that if we do not socialise we are practically dead. This is year it is crucial to spend more quality time with your family and friends, as they are the only people you can always count on! Here’s a list of the best places in Barcelona especially crafted to provide you with a great night out!


8. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #8 – DISCOVER A NEW CULTURE

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Different cultures is what makes this planet Earth beautiful! As Barcelona is starting to turn into a more and more multicultural city, now it’s your time to explore them a bit more. Here are our blogs about Catalan culture: #1 and #2, here you can find the one about  Japanese culture in Barcelona!


9. Barcelona New Year’s Resolution #9 – BE MORE SPIRITUAL

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This year, also take care of your spirit! Meditate and reflect more, because this is the only way you can change, by acknowledging your current state. In other words, be closer to God! Here‘s how you can do that in Barcelona!


In conclusion, we wish you the best year of your lives and bear these words in your mind: BALANCE and LOVE! These are the precursors of a marvelous life!

Till next time, muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon).






Top things to do at Christmas 2014 in Barcelona


Like many places in the world, during Christmas, Barcelona is full of lights, decorations and energy to celebrate the most magical holiday of the year. The vibe and traditions here are unique, exciting and fun, which you will never forget. The weather in Barcelona during this time is around 10-15 degrees, which is cold but not freezing so you can still definitely go out and enjoy the festive atmosphere through  tons of activities. And SuiteLife would love nothing more than to share with you in our blog “Top things to do at Christmas in Barcelona 2014″.

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Christmas market and shopping

Fira de Santa Lucia Christmas Market

Christmas in BarcelonaThis is the most well-known and largest outdoor Christmas market in Barcelona. It celebrates its 228 anniversary this year (1786-2014). The market is opened in front of Catedral de Barcelona in the Gothic quarter from 30th November 2014 to Monday 23rd 2014. With 287 market stalls, you can easily find traditional items for example the famous el Caganer (the pooper), Christmas Caga Tio (a smiley face log), moss, Christmas trees and other handicrafts.



Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia

From 29th November to 23th December, in front of the famous Sagrada Familia, there are around 120 stalls selling traditional Christmas items. On two Saturdays from 6pm to 8pm, Santa Claus will collect letters from children and hand out balloons and cookies.

Christmas lights

“Els llums de Nadal” is the Spanish name for Christmas lights in Barcelona. It will be switched on 29th November at 17:45 by the Mayor of Barcelona. The ceremony is held Plaza Catalunya. The lights will be on until 6th January at almost 400 locations on Barcelona’s streets and the illuminations cover a total distance of around 85km.

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Magic Fountain

In December, on Fridays and Saturdays, there are special Christmas water and music shows between 19:00 to 21:00. There will be additional sessions on 25th ,27th, 31th December as well as 1st and 5st January.

If you are curious about New Year’s Eve 2015 in Barcelona, check out our new blog: New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2015

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Pessebre in Plaça Sant Jaume

In Barcelona, nativity scenes play an important role in Christmas traditions. It is called as “Pessebre” in Catalan. You can find many different nativities in Barcelona, mostly on plazas and in churches. But among all of them, the most impressive nativity scene in Barcelona is the one in Plaça Sant Jaume which attracts thousands of locals all eager to see what has been created this year. The production of the crib is changed from year to year. In recent years, both traditional and contemporary styles are applied, but always with the familiar characters of the Holy Family, shepherds, Three Kings and angels,…You also can see the caganer, an elf or a gnome-like figurine who will be found in the scene, crouching down to defecate. It is quite a strange and unique tradition in Catalonia. This tradition means that the caganer drops his britches to “fertilize the Earth”. The fellow is believed to bring good luck.

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Eating out

Barcelona is always famous for its outdoor activities, nightlife and amazing food scene.  The typical Christmas dish is “Escudella i carn d’olla”. This is a bowl of pasta shells “galets” in a meat and vegetable stew or soup.  Another dish is the “carn d’olla” which is a meat dish of stuffed capon or turkey. About dessert, the typical  ” Turrón” is on sale at Christmas markets and supermarkets in Barcelona. It is nougat made with almonds, hazelnuts and honey. “El Pa de Nadal” is Christmas bread in Barcelona and is sold all over the city. During Christmas, a lot of restaurants in Barcelona serve Christmas menus, which you can check on this link from bcnrestaurantes.

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If you have any other suggestions about how to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to comment below.

So, this is probably our last blog of this year. We hope you have an amazing holiday season and New Year’s Eve ! See you in 2015 !



Top 5 English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona


There are a lot of English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. As a vibrant and multinational city, many hairdressers around the world chose Barcelona as their second home to develop their skills and careers. A new haircut can refresh your look as well as boost your confidence totally. Choosing a hair salon is risky and difficult, especially when you move a new city. You will ask a lot of questions such as “Where would I go ?”, “How would I explain to them what and how I would like to do with my hair when I do not speak Spanish well ?” But don’t worry, today Suitelife will help you pick out the best English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona. All these hair salons have already been in Barcelona for years. They understand what customers want well and surely will not disappoint you.


Anthony LLobet is definitely the most well-known and oldest English-speaking hair salons in Barcelona.  Having already been in Bcn for 14 years, Anthony Llobet has 5 salons in the best neighborhoods in Barcelona, from Gracia to El Born.  When you come here, you do not have to be worry about language boundaries because their friendly and welcoming London-trained staff are from all around the world. There are 11 languages are spoken between them and you can explain exactly what you would like. With 25 years experience in hair dressing, Mr Anthony Llobet, who is of English-Catalan decent, has traveled around the world to style in various fashion shows, catwalks, TV and so on. He is also a TREsemmé Spain ambassador. You can feel his passion reflected in the retro interiors and the slogan “Don’t let your Spanish come between you and your hair”. If you want to book an appointment, you should telephone the salon directly. Their website has lots of useful info that you can check here

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If Anthony Llobet can make you feel like you enter a friendly and casual pub, Onda Salon is like having dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. The salon was founded in 2009 by Piero Zatra, an Italian stylist who used to be a style director of Toni&Guy in London and finally chose Barcelona as his home. The staff at Onda are laid back Italians who speak English very well. The salon offers variety of services both in hairdressing and aesthetics. At Onda, you can find hairstyle for every occasion, latest hairstyles trends as well as waxing, massages, treatments, make up and so on. The staff are very friendly and they can give you the best advice for hair and beauty services. The salon follows the luxurious interior design with flourish wallpaper and big chandelier lights. The price might not be as cheap as many other hair salons in Bcn, but it is reasonable for their excellent services. Their website is very cool, especially their 3D virtual interior tour letting you see inside the shop. If you wish to schedule an appointment, you can contact them via telephone, Whatsapp, email or contact form on their website.

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Elegance and sophistication is what Touch brings to its customers. Touch hair salon is owned and managed by the Dutch hairdresser Gijs Hoogendam who has diverse experience as a stylist for different fashion shows. The mission of Touch is to enhance your look, bring out the best of your features and boost your confidence. With Gijs’s incredible artistic flare  and his 20-year experience on and off catwalk, Touch’s aim is to ensure you leave the salon feeling like a million dollars. When you come to Touch, Gijs will be a great listener and consultant as he will discuss with you carefully about what are you looking for.  His excellent eyes for details can be reflected in the salon’s black and white interior design with the ornate Baroque mirrors and furniture being imported from his old salon in the Netherlands. If you want to feel like having your own stylist in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, Touch always welcomes you. Check out their website here

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The cool thing about hair salons in Barcelona is that they are so trendy, which makes you admire the design and never get bored waiting for the haircut or treatment process. Dtox is another hair salon opened by a Catalan and Spanish team who speaks English well. Dtox will amaze you with their professional team who were featured on Catalan newspapers “el Periódico” and “La Vanguardia”. Although Dtox is hidden in an old 50′s building located in El Raval, the salon is very lush and beautiful with modern furniture and industrial look. If you want to find a place to spend an afternoon before having dinner or drink at the evening with a new look, Dtox can be a good choice ! Unfortunately, their website is only available in Spanish, so if you want to know more about their services, you should contact them via telephone at here

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You definitely know the two most popular hair-straitening treatments recently: Japanese Hair Straitening and Brazilian Keratin Treatment. And if you want to go to a place specializing in Japanese treatment, why not try Shibuya World, a small quirky salon which is opened and operated by a passionate Japanese team. With 2 branches in Barcelona, Shibuya World is the place where nothing is impossible. They specialize in different treatments and dyeing hair from popular colors to rare ones such as green, blue and orange,…Also, they have a large stock of hair extensions in different shapes and size, which can please any clients with any weird hairstyle ideas. Once you enter this small salon, you will experience the feeling of being in Shibuya neighborhood known as fashion and nightlife area in Japan.

If you are into Japanese culture, you can check out our blog Best of Japanese culture in Barcelona

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Winter is coming, why not have your hair cut and recharge your energy ? If you know any other English-speaking hair salons in Bcn, we would like to hear about them, leave us a comment below !



Drums in Barcelona!

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*DRUM ROLL* If you’re interested in drums in Barcelona, this is the blog for you! The first blog from SuiteLife Barcelona about everything related to drumming within this wonderful music loving city – where to beat them toms, where to buy your rig and also where you can find the best gigs in town! This is definitely the best place to start, improve or excel your drumming skills, as Barcelona is unofficially named the European capital of performance arts and music!

Alright rockstars, let’s get started!



If you have lots of free time and a huge passion for drums, you can always enrol in a university course! Down below is a list with the institutions offering programmes for drums aficionados:



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Yes, we know it looks like a castle and probably you don’t think it’s the proper place for practicing on drums in Barcelona, but this amazing building hosts some of the greatest budding musicians from Spain! Their percussion courses range from 4 to 8,5 hours a week, perfect to cater to every schedule. Being a public institution, there is higher competition for admission, but don’t despair! Confidence is everything, am I right or not? Wanna find out more? Why not check their website out?



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An affiliated member of the American university of music performances Berklee College of Music Boston, Conservatori Liceu can offer you private drum lessons, ranged from level 1 to level 6. So no matter how experienced you are with drums in Barcelona, they most likely have a programme for you, be it bachelor, postgrad or masters! Don’t trust me? Take a look at their website!




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The newest music school in Barcelona, this private institution has the most modern equipment and facilities and is authorised by the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya to provide the best musical education. They guarantee that their graduates possess a very high expertise in their fields, as they specialise in all instruments (drums, obviously the most important are included). Take a peek at their website here!



For those of you with a very busy schedule or on a budget, the best solution in following your drumming passion – private lessons with a tutor! We’ve done some research and found the best drums tutors in Barcelona just for you! Here they are:



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This Argentinian drummer has a great personal record of performances – played his acoustics on stages throughout the whole world. They include Brazil, Spain, France, Helsinki and even in the Eurovision song contest for Bulgaria. With 15 years of experience in teaching drums and other acoustic instruments, he has a fully equipped studio for lessons in the neighbourhood of Poble Nou. Curious already? Better check his Internet page!



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Also a drummer with vast experience in acoustics, Eduardo Cervera’s CV is rather impressive – apart from teaching drums, he’s also a singer and a songwriter. A former philosophy student, he chose the drumsticks instead of overthinking and we’re glad he did. Now he’s specialised in jazz and flamenco instruments. His blog is just one click away!



We drummers know that couple of hours a week of playing drums (the ones with the instructor) is definitely not enough to excel in this area, so we’re going to need our own rig, available 24/7. Everything comes with practice, so thanks to our friends’ from Yelp help, down below you will find a list with the most important shops that sell drums in Barcelona!


Barri Gòtic

Carrer Ample, 37
08002 Barcelona
Phone number+34 933 152 561

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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 571
08011 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 515 838

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Carrer de Sepúlveda, 79
08015 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 236 608
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Carrer d’Entença, 192
08029 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 302 869

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Carrer de Rocafort, 131
08015 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 234 285

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L’Hospitallet de Llobregat


Carrer de Sants, 304
08028 Barcelona
Phone number+34 934 402 448


You can find a lot more places that sell musical instruments in Barcelona here, but not all of them sell drums like the ones above!



Every artist needs an idol or a mentor, right? What’s better than having one? Watching them live, of course!!! Accordingly, (and hold your horses, drummer) here are the venues where you can actually go and analysing their technique!

Drum roll please! *DRUM ROLL* *BA DUM TSS* Sorry, but we’d rather keep them as a surprise! OK, since you are insisting so much, here is the list with live music locations in Barcelona.


Hope this helps. I think it does and I am glad to hopefully have helped my fellow drummers!

From a drummer to you all,  never forget – ROCK AND ROLL!!!


Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (aka El Dragon)


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