This is a common question among those who plan to start a new business. Spain has one of the highest self-employed contribution fees. Many people wonder whether it is worth paying this fee especially if they only work a few hours each month.
The situation is raised in one of the following circumstances:
1. A person plans to start as sole trader while still employed by someone else. He will be dedicated to his new business only a few hours per week.
2. There is a need to issue invoices while the volume of business is still low. The works related would take less than 20 hours per week.
3. The expectation of incomes will not cover the expenses if these include the autonomo fee.
Part-time autonomo does not exist.
Well, unfortunately, the Social Security does not recognize part-time autonomo and, therefore, does not consider reductions for those who carry out their activity on a part-time basis for the moment.
The standard payment and the tax obligation is the same in every case.
There is a possibility that there will be some changes made in this area in the future.
The possibility of reduced autonomo fee.
Having considered this, there are only two possibilities if you would like to have a reduced autonomo fee, at least for a while.
1. If you start as self-employed for the first time in five years you can have a reduction that will save you in total over 2000€. The autonomo fee increases gradually from 50€ per month up to the standard amount ( 268€) after 18 months. This can give you air to breathe while you build up your source of income.
Related: Reduction in Autonomo Contributions
2. If you actually want you to carry out another second activity while working full time for someone else, you can receive a small reduction in your social security payment.
This is because you’re already contributing to social security in your main job. In this case, your autonomo fee would be 135€ per month.
If you find your self in both cases, you can benefit from the beginner’s reduction first and then, once you have to pay the full amount, apply for the reduction for being employed full-time.