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Starting A Freelance Career In Albania: The Complete Guide

The pandemic has fuelled a freelancing boom all over the world; also in the small country of Albania.

Freelancing in Albania is not regulated like in other parts of Europe. Freelancers who work from Albania don’t have to pay any income tax, for example.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? So, how can you start freelancing from Albania with a little help from Native Teams?

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How To Start Freelancing From Albania?

Find Your Niche

What is it that you’re good at? Can you speak multiple languages and have experience with translating? Are you a designer? Web developer? Do you enjoy writing? Or can you take stunning photos, for example?

All these skills can be easily transformed into a freelance side-hustle or even a full-time career.

If you want to learn a new skill that can be easily transformed into a freelancing career, check out some of the platforms that offer online learning. Some of our favourites are Udemy, Skillshare, Domestika and Coursera.

Learn About Some Of The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now

Wondering which jobs or skills allow you to build a fantastic freelance career? Here are the top 10:

  • Design (Graphic or UI/UX)
  • Programming
  • Project Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Science
  • Content Creation / Copywriting
  • Translation
  • Photography/Videography
  • Virtual Assistance
  • Tutoring

If you want to learn more about each of these positions, then check out our blog post on 10 Best Jobs For Freelancers And Remote Workers.

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Build A Portfolio & Update Your CV

Time to showcase your skills! You should think of a way how to present your previous work to your potential clients or even employers.

For example, you could create a nice-looking document with your work with Canva. Or if you want to go the extra mile, create a personal website with all your projects listed, your bio and your contact details. Try using Squarespace or Wix for that!

Join Some Freelancing Platforms

When you’re ready to “put yourself out there” try joining some big freelancing platforms. When starting out, this is probably the easiest way to get your first clients. Here are some of the platforms: Upwork, Fiverr, Toptal, People Per Hour,

Take Care Of The Bureaucracy In Albania

After landing your first clients, you’ll have to take care of some bureaucracy. 

To start working as self-employed in Albania you also need to register as a private trading entity and receive a unique business number. There is no income tax if you earn up to 14 million Lek per year (approximately 115.060 euros).

Self-employed individuals, self-employed owners of firms and self-employed persons who hire third parties (excluding self-employed persons in agriculture) are liable to pay compulsory social security and health contributions at the rate of 30%.

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Invoice Your Clients

Done with your first projects? Now comes the best part – receiving your well-deserved payments! 

But how should you send out the invoices? This is where Native Teams comes in. With our easy-to-use invoicing system, you’re able to invoice your local and international clients in a matter of minutes.

Read more about our invoicing system here.

Get Employment Status In Albania

Do you want even more benefits? With Native Teams, you can also get properly employed in Albania when you freelance. That way, you will get even more benefits; like a contract and easier access to loans from your local bank.

You can sign up for Native Teams here and explore all your options for freelancing in Albania.

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Starting your freelance career in Albania might be easier than you think. You don’t have to pay any income tax and with Native Teams, you will have the whole support system behind you when it comes to payments & employment options.

Do you have any additional questions about freelancing in Albania? Make sure to contact us directly.

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