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!

So…

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering in Barcelona – giving back to the community!

Volunteering in Barcelona

Volunteering in Barcelona

If you’re looking to do some volunteering in Barcelona then congrats on being such a magnificent and selfless person! Did you know that Barcelona was named the European Capital of Volunteering for 2014?  In case you didn’t, you can find some info about that by clicking here! This blog will tell you about the three best volunteering agencies in Barcelona. They each have tons of varied opportunities so getting in touch with them is the perfect start to your altruistic adventure.

 

CONNECT123

Volunteering in Barcelona

Connect 123 is one of Barcelona’s volunteering programmes with great connections with local organisations, such as Animal Science and Wildlife, Community Service, Economic Development, Education and Teaching, Environment, Human Rights, Medical and Public Health, or Youth Development and Sport. Take a look here at their website!

 

BCA BARCELONA

Volunteering in Barcelona

With a very wide range of volunteering programmes such as Terral,  Bank of Time, Tot Raval, or Colegio Gornal, in which they address topics like immigration, talent harvesting, event planning or gender equality, BCA Barcelona provides multiple chances especially for students that want to enhance their CVs (or resumes, if you come from America!). Click here to get the latest updates from them!

 

CHARITY VAULT

Volunteering in Barcelona

Charity Vault is a website dedicated to providing volunteering opportunities for people worldwide. Obviously they couldn’t miss Barcelona, now, could they? That’s why they’ve got a huge volunteering portfolio just for you. To give you some examples – from research, hunger and poverty alleviation, environment, till education and disaster management. Interested much? Take a peek here at their website!

Volunteering in Barcelona is a very rewarding experience. Do you know of any other great opportunities that we missed here? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon)

Modeling in Barcelona!

Modeling in Barcelona

What the Modeling world is hiding in the city!

Everyone knows that Barcelona is one of that most fashionable cities in the world! Modeling in Barcelona gives you the opportunity to be the next “Top Model” or just to start a new and exciting hobby or to earn some extra cash – there is a lot of reasons to start and nothing to lose! This blog will show you what world of modeling in Barcelona is hiding and how YOU can start the journey of your life!

Modeling in Barcelona… How does the industry look in the city!?

This is the question! The industry is vibrant! Crazy! With a lot of to offer! Events, castings, modelling schools, the best photographers and a lot more is waiting for you in Barcelona!

Let’s start BIG!

Barcelona’s fashions shows are not only BIG but they are AMAZING! Modeling in Barcelona is never ending story – all year around a lot is going on in the industry! Barcelona Fashion Weeks and Fashion Shows are gathering spanish celebrities, reach people from different countries, the most popular bloggers, and people in love with fashion! The experience is unforgettable for models and for the audience! Dressing up, getting hair styled, putting lots of make-up to finally spend a few minutes on runway wearing clothes from the best designers and the most known brands! This is what a lot of models would like to experience, and this is what is possible in Barcelona!

 


Modeling in Barcelona! What else…. EVENTS! A lot of them, what means a lot of possibilities!

 

Did you hear about Fresh Faces before? It is annual modelling contest is where people from over 150 countries compete to be named Fresh Face of the year! The Fresh Faces contest final last year took place exactly in BARCELONA. Modeling in Barcelona is just like that – exciting, with a lot of things happening!

 

 

Some of the annual fashion shows in Barcelona:

  • Denim by Premiere Vision  19-20.11.2014 place Montjuïc – Fira Barcelona (THIS YEAR)
  • Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – a three day event of wedding bliss. Official days of the event 05-10,2015, GranVia – Fira Barcelona
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014-2015
  • Mango’s ‘Rock it Up’ Collection Show
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014
  • Celia Vela at 080 Barcelona Fashion – more information available on the website, but sorry still no dates (http://www.080barcelonafashion.cat/en)

 

(If modeling in Barcelona is something what you are interested in, you should check our free ebook about fashion in the city! )

Ok… but what next…? Is there anything else! Yes, a lot of castings!

You can find some every week! Because of castings models lives are crazy busy. Some of the castings are huge, with hundreds of people coming just to try to get a proposition of a job. It is an exciting place to be, to find out what the modelling world is about,  to make new friends in the industry, to find out about the latest news from the modelling world… and this is the best occasion to learn confidence!  Wanna know how to start your carreer in modeling in Barcelona? You can read in the next part of our blog.

 

Now time for some CRAZINESS!!!

Barcelona is offering you something special! “Become a Model for a whole week Beneath the sun of Barcelona” You can have a special holiday and try modeling in Barcelona, the life of fashion and pleasure. You can experience something unique and have the best week of your life in our city! Model week holiday programme offers everything: “five star hotel, exterior and studio photo shoots with devoted photographers and makeup artists, cruises on a luxury catamaran with a fashion photographer, meetings with international models and renowned agency professionals, intense helicopter flight, shopping session with international model Nieves Mallor, massage & spa session, hairstyle, makeup…”

That’s a lot! Isn’t it! SO check the offer… Barcelona is just amazing! Isn’t it!?

 

Do you know any famous models from Barcelona????

That’s a good question, so… do you? Yes, you’ve seen their faces a lot of times, just you didn’t realised that one day they decided to start their carriers in modeling in Barcelona!

 

 

Judit Masco – model, television host and writer from Barcelona

Hired for a lot of high-profile campaigns. Only Spanish model who has appeared on the cover of US Vogue. She was a face of a variety of advertising campaigns. Featured in most major fashion magazines around the globe, like: Elle, Cleo, Glamour, Marie Claire. As a catwalk model she appeared in shows of designers such as Armani, Dolce& Gabbana, Valentino and more. The best Spanish model of the 1990s.

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Lorenzo – model and actor from Barcelona

She has been featured in a lot of magazines like: Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and covered some of the best ex: Neo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Vogue. Worked for the most famous companies and known designers: Pepe Jeans, Escada, Giorgio Armani, L’Oreal, Saint Laurent, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Christian Dior. At this moment she is in a relationship with FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol with whom she has one child.

 

 

 

 

Oriol Elcacho – Spanish male model from Barcelona

He ranks No. 12 on MODELS.COM’s Top 25 list, “The Money Guys”. He is the best known for being the face of BVLGARI’s AQVA. He worked with a lot of famous brands like: Valentino, Polo Ralph Lauren, Custo Barcelona, Gap and appeared in a lot of magazines covers. He was on runway of Ralph Laurent, Paul Smith, Chanel.

 

 

 

 

OK! Let’s get to some details.

You interested in modelling world! You are good looking! You have something unique and different! You have personality and skills! You wanna try something new! You wanna be the model! The world of modelling in Barcelona is waiting for you!

The modelling industry is not only about the pretty faces. Basically, a lot of people have a chance to find something for themselves. The modelling industry includes print modelling, runway modelling, promotion modelling, trade show modeling, underwear modeling, petite or plus-size modeling – you just have to be patient to find something that will suit your predispositions.

HOW TO START!

Well you would say it is not easy to start in the modeling in Barcelona, but you are really wrong. First you have to find the agency, but not just any agency! You must check what they do exactly, what their offer is, and who are they looking for, and with who they cooperate. Based on that facts you can decide if the agency would be good for you to establish your personal goals. They must be excited to work with you as you are to work with them. AND remember the biggest and the best agencies are not always the best choice as they have a lot of people already working for them, and cooperating with models looking almost like you, be aware that you can end up not having as many job opportunities. There are a lot of agencies in Barcelona you just have to google them, and check their websites. We can suggest you as well to check the Modelmanaements.com website where you will find not only agencies, but a lot of usuful infromation about the modeling world as well.

Remember that finding just the agency is not enough, as the modeling in Barcelona is really competitive – there are a lot of good looking faces like yours!

You need:

  • Personality
  • Some experience ex. in some photographers projects, volunteering to do charity fashion show, or any other, I’m sure that you can think about something by yourself.
  • It is really useful to take some classes in acting.
  • Or simple some classes in modelling to be confident in what you are going to do in the future. Check our choice of the course.

 

SO what next?

You have found some agencies with witch you would make a good match and you started working on getting some first experience and you know what you want exactly. Now it is time for starting big things!

Check how can you approach the agencies – look for some forms to fill out on their websites and guidelines. You will need photos, you can get some professional snapshots or just ask your friend to take some (remember you are just starting, agencies want to see you, how you really look as you are not a professional, so keep the photos the same way – just some good ‘snapshots’ without too much makeup and in a natural lighting).

The good way to find a job is to join casting calls as you can show the real you, not just your photos (Find out how to prepare for casting). When you want to start building your own portfolio then you must get some professional shots, as only this way you will be able to stand out by showing your best looks. Modeling in Barcelona is a big industry so you will find a lot of professional photographers with experience, so you really don’t have to worry about this. Your portfolio will be helpful when visiting agencies or attending castings as well, but not the necessary in the beginning.

In the fashion industry you have to be really patient, as nothing happens in one day. Remember there are a lot of people who are contacting agencies like you are going to do. Choosing the best people takes time and you never know what agencies are looking for exactly.

 

If you never chase your dreams you will never catch them!

After a while you will get your first job and everything will start – testing your skills, look and talent in the modelling world, and maybe one day you are going to be one of the most famous models in Barcelona.

It is important to remember that a large part of modeling is finding your own individual style, look, and pose.  No two high-profile models look the same, and they tend to be very creative.  Learn how to work with the camera and your photographer to try out different types of poses and work on channeling different emotions during your shoots.  Have fun and be interactive with the camera!

Remember you need to have your own style and look that no one else can offer. Always be yourself and treat this as a hobby and just enjoy world of Modeling in Barcelona!

 

~Natalia~

 

Catalan Vault: Introduction and examples

Everything you ever wanted to know about Catalán vaulted ceilings

Have you ever looked up at the ceiling of an apartment in Barcelona and wondered why they often have exposed wooden beams and an arch-shaped series of bricks? Well if you do, welcome to the club. The first time I came to my friend’s flat and looked at those curvy ceilings, my naive mind told me the place must be under some kind of renovation. But then I encountered the same scene in my first rented apartment, my second one, and mostly every flat I’ve been in so far.

What kind of construction is this? At the beginning I didn’t like it, so primitive, so uncompleted! But the more I explored this “Catalan style ceiling” the more I liked its unique character. So if you have the same wonder, why don’t you join me in discovering this piece of Catalan charm!

Catalan vault

And by the way this design’s called Catalan vault or in Catalan “Volta Catalana

Design and origin

Catalan vault is a building technique that lays plain bricks lengthwise over the parallel wooden beams or centering to form an arch-shaped ceiling. To create such a curvy ceiling with bricks and no framework needed, builders have to use a fast setting mortar to allow the brick to hold itself after being tapped into place.

Constructing vaults in brick was mastered by the Romans, who use arched structure to strengthen their buildings and constructions. This technique was then improved by Catalan people with layers of thinner, lighter bricks to create a ceiling not only light but also very strong. Up till now the technique has been widely used in buildings all over the region, for which it is named “Volta Catalana”. Other names for this technique are Catalan arch, Catalan turn or Timbrel vault.

Volta Catalana

Reason for this design

Structural strength: Catalan vaults consist of a single or series of arches on the ceiling which create a shell structure. Thanks to that both the floor above and the ceiling itself will be able distribute gravity forces equally to the whole construction system thus bringing geometric flexibility and endurance of the structural floor surface.

I asked some of my Catalan friends and they said that a long time ago in the region people stored tons of agriculture products on the top floor. So it is very important to have a heavily reinforced structure.

Resource efficiency: Since this technique was popular among  common people, the material had to be easy to make and affordable. Also, compared to making the same ceiling with a solid design, Catalan vaults costs less and do not require elaborate falsework. Yes that’s true they don’t need a framework to build. If you are skeptical about that, check this video

 

 

Different types

Catalan vaults vary depending on its purpose of use and the design of the whole construction.

  • The most popular Catalan vault you can see consists of small arches connected to wooden beams, called vigas in Catalan. They are used on the ceilings of multistory buildings to form a strong structure that can bear heavy weight. Some modern designs also replace wood with iron to reinforce the ceiling even more.
  • For a roof that doesn’t need to bear heavy object above, the arch will be larger and number of arch is reduced. An example of that is the roof of Casaramona (a.k.a CaixaForum)

Volta catalana Casaramona

 

  • Another type is four arches meeting  at a center point, supported by 4 pillars. A perfect example for that is the Manhattan municipal building designed by Rafael Guastavino.

Catalan vault Manhattan Municipal Building

Manhattan Municipal Building

 

Famous constructions & architecture

Barcelona’s most famous architect Gaudi (see more about his masterpieces here) frequently used the traditional Catalan vault technique to suit the constructional form of his curvy design style. The most obvious example is The School of the Sagrada Familia

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School of the Sagrada Familia

 

Calatan vaulted ceilings can also be seen outside of its original birthplace, in America thanks to Valencia architect Rafael Guastavino. Inspired by Catalan vault, he invented the Guastavino tile. The design was then used by Rafael himself and his son to build more than one thousand vaults in churches, cathedrals, chapels, and public buildings in America. Some of his most remarkable pieces are:

Catalan vault City Hall subway station

New York’s City Hall subway station

 

Catalan vault Vanderbilt Hotel New York City

New York City ‘s Vanderbilt Hotel

 

Catalan vault National Museum of Natural History Baird auditorium

National Museum of Natural History’s Baird auditorium

 

Suitelife’s flats with Catalan vaulted ceiling

Love the curves now? Make you desire come to life! Check out some of our flats with this Catalan traditional design or contact us to find a flat with this beautiful feature!

Catalan vault Alan harper flat

Alan Harper's flat

Catalan vault Arc of Light

Arc of Light

 

 

Catalan vault Carmen san diego

Carmen san diego

Catalan vault Joaquin Costa V

Joaquin Costa V

 

There are many other options you can find in our long term flats collection here

Tips for apartment hunting: if you fancy the traditional Catalan vaulted ceiling, our recommendation is to look at the old city area, Ciutat Vella with neighbourhoods Barceloneta, Borne, Gothic Quarter and Raval neighborhood. What about modern flats? Check the Diagonal Mar area. The neighborhood guide can be found in this link.

peace!

T.Vu

Tapas: Ultimate Guide!

All you need to know about tapas in Barcelona: tips, recipes, history, how to eat and many more

Barcelona tapas

Tapas world: the 10 commandments on how to eat tapas in Barcelona

 

  • Thou shall not eat more than 2 tapas in the same bar.

Most of the tapas bars in Barcelona have their own specialties. That’s why you shouldn’t spend all your night in the same bar. Have a beer in one, eat some tapas, and then go to another one, have a glass of wine and some tapas, and keep going. You will be able to try a lot of different tapas and to meet a lot of people. Because eating tapas is also a social activity! That brings us to the second commandment…

  • Thou shall enjoy your time when eating tapas.

When you go tapear (this is the Spanish word for eating tapas), you’re supposed to have fun and relax with friends or nice people. This is a cool moment for talking and chilling out after work for example. This isn’t supposed to be stressful or boring. So bring some of your good friends (not too many) and have a nice time in one of the numerous tapas bars in Barcelona!

  • Thou shall eat tapas in the only right way.

And the only right way is standing in front of the bar, the tapas on the counter and your drink on your hand. Keep talking with your friends and don’t be afraid if it’s crowded. People are used to it and they won’t be moaning. Then, one person will pay for each round of tapas, no need to start splitting up bills, remember it’s a friendly time!

Tapas Barcelona

  • Thou shall eat tapas at the right time.

The best tapas time is during the aperitif, you’re done with your stressful day of work and you have a few hours before going to bed. Best time for tapas! People say that you shouldn’t have a big meal before sleeping, so tapas are exactly what you need!
Another great time for tapas is just before lunch, in order to whet your appetite…

  • Thou shall try the most famous tapas and then learn how to cook your own tapas.

That’s means you have to cook the tortilla de patatas and the patatas bravas. Finding the best ones is truly an assault course, but hey, when there’s a will, there’s a way! The next step will be to cook your own tapas. Start easily with pan con tomate and level up with chiquitos!

  • Thou shall eat pintxos at Maitea and go to La Flauta and Los Toreros in Barcelona.

Pintxos are good and pintxos at Maitea are excellent! For around 8€ you can have 5 or 6 pintxos. The restaurant is nice and the food is awesome. You should also go to La Flauta or Los Toreros, two of the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona. It’s a safe bet, believe us. You can learn more about these places on our top 10 Barcelona Restaurant guide.

Barcelona Tapas

 

  • Thou shall try a new tapas bar or restaurant in Barcelona every week.

Barcelona is full of tapas bars and restaurants. To live your gustatory experience to the maximum, you should try at least a new one every week. Taste their specialties and chill out in different atmosphere, from the very modern and trendy one to the very traditional and friendly one.

  • Thou shall do a tapas tour in Barcelona: free tapas with one drink.

To save some coins during your tapas night in Barcelona, you should have a look to our blog about the free tapas in Barcelona. You pay for one drink and you get one pintxos or tapas for free. What else?! You will find this kind of tapas bar in every neigborhood of Barcelona. No excuse for skipping this tapas tour.

  • Thou shall learn tapas history and tapas names in catalan.

Tapas in Barcelona are everywhere, you already know that. Tired of wondering what tapas are behind Catalan words? Check our vocabulary section and you will become a pro at ordering what you want!

Tapas Barcelona

  • Thou shall try catalan tapas.

Barcelona has its own specialties concerning tapas, and you have to taste them! Just a few names to make your mouth water: sofregitin, escudella, zarzuela… and of course, aioli! People also say that you can find the best fish tapas on Barcelona beaches. With this last info, you have all the tips you needed to eat tapas like a pro and spend an amazing time in Barcelona with your friends!


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We hope that this tapas guide will help you to feel Spanish, and even Catalan, when you’re eating tapas in Barcelona! If you liked it, do not hesitate to share it and give us your own tapas tips! Adéu!

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