The Umbrella Companies website is truly international. Every day we get visitors from all over the world.
Take the UAE for example, where a number of people find their way through to our famous blog. I think it’s safe to assume we have a small but loyal following in the UAE.
Guess what? Not one single person from the UAE has ever contacted us and asked about umbrellas. Not one person! Ever wonder why that is? Because they are smart…that is why.
The UAE stands for United Arab Emirates, if you didn’t know already, and its fast becoming a number 1 destination for self employed people who want to make a lot of money and live a good lifestyle.
So to cater for our UAE visitors (and for people thinking about making the move) here are a few Do’s and Dont’s to consider when becoming self employed.
DO – Get an official license
You might be tempted to work “cash in hand” in UAE, but our advice is to avoid any kind of illegal employment. Instead, make sure you get an official license to work in the UAE from the government. It isn’t cheap, but you have the peace of mind from knowing you are legit and will keep out of trouble.
DON’T – Wait to get payment
One of the biggest problems for contractors and freelancers around the world is getting paid, and it appears the same can be said in the UAE. You don’t want to be chasing up payments months after the job was completed, especially if you are no longer in the country. Try and get upfront payment if possible, or at least a downpayment.
DO – What you want
The best thing about becoming self employed and working in UAE is you can basically do what you want. If you want to work from home or a hotel then you can, or if you want to work in an office then you can do that too. The world is your oyster in UAE and flexible working is right at the top of the menu.
DO – Enjoy yourself
You might be in the UAE to work and make money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time. Take some time to become a tourist and see some of the sights, go shopping or go out for a slap up meal. You might only be in UAE for a short time so make the most of it.
DON’T – Get drunk and disorderly
If you are a non Muslim then you can get a special license to drink alcohol at home and in certain venues. However, that doesn’t give you free reign to start getting out of hand and becoming drunk and disorderly on the streets of UAE. Be rest assured the cops will soon pick you up and you will find yourself in UAE prison.