Malta truly is the land of opportunity. If you want to earn money fast for little effort, this is the place to do it. Maltese people are naturally opportunistic and foreigners are ready to spend. Maltese people aren’t so much early adopters as they are “try anything once-ers.” People in Malta like new ideas, never want to pay full price, and prefer having someone else do their work. If you’ve got any sort of presentation and networking skills, you’ll be turning jobs down within a couple months.
Truth be told, it’s easy to operate “on the black market” and “under the table.” The economy here is so cash-based that you can feasibly make a living without a document to your name. At some point, though, a client will ask you for a VAT number. This is mostly chalked up to accountants: The banking system here is so strict that accountants can be held responsible for fraud. It’s also nearly impossible to send money from Malta without a bank account, so you’ll probably want one of these, too.
Applying for a freelancer’s visa in Malta is not easy, even if you are a citizen of the EU. I made this easier by getting a part-time job. Yes, I sold out, registering as being only part-time self-employed. Why? My life is now ten times easier. The company I work for files taxes on my behalf. The only way I qualified for a bank account was with their forms. I also confess that I am a dual American/ Irish citizen, so the only reason I’ve been able to get a Maltese ID at all is because I claimed my Irish citizenship. I haven’t the faintest idea what you’ll need to do to register as an American, but I suspect it will require more than seven Cisks.
A big hint: carry your passport with you at all times. If you have them, also carry a contract of housing and a contract or statement of work from one or more of your clients. Do not leave your house without a pen and a hard surface to write on. At some point, I will apply on behalf of the Maltese government for European Union funds to provide pens and desks at their public offices.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown, complete with drinking cues and recommended bars. By the end you will be much better acquainted with Malta’s city centers and its drinking spots. Please note that this guide is not all-inclusive; do your own research on specific items and procedures. What I’m trying to say is that I’m 100% sure I’ve left something out.
1.Get a social security number.
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