Let’s explore different types of freelancers

In the vast world of the freelance work, classifications are fundamental to better understand how this labour sector works. From those who work exclusively for a company to individual entrepreneurs who start their own business, there are a variety of categories that delimit the different facets of self-employment. Let’s take a closer look at some of these classifications.


Dependent self-employed workers

Dependent self-employed workers are those who carry out their economic activity for a single company or client, without having other significant income from other sources. This category implies a close and often exclusive employment relationship with an employer.


Main characteristics:

  • Dependence on a single client or company.
  • Absence of significant income from other sources.
  • Subordinated employment relationship with the client or company.


Legal and tax implications:

  • In some countries, dependent freelancers may receive employment benefits similar to employees, such as paid leave and social security.
  • They may be subject to specific regulations regarding the employment relationship and taxes.

Types of self-employed workers

Corporate self-employed workers

Corporate self-employed workers are those who work for a company of which they are partners, either as administrators or as self-employed workers. In this category, the self-employed participate in the management and benefits of society.


Main characteristics:

  • Participation in the management and decision-making of society.
  • They share the benefits and responsibilities of society.
  • They can act as administrators or work independently within the company.


Legal and tax implications:

  • Corporate freelancers may have additional legal and financial responsibilities as partners in the partnership.
  • They can enjoy certain tax advantages and asset protection when operating as part of a company.


Self-employed collaborators

Collaborating self-employed workers are relatives of self-employed workers who collaborate with them on a regular basis, without being considered employees. This category implies a special employment relationship between the self-employed worker and their collaborating family member.


Main characteristics:

  • Regular collaboration in the economic activity of the main self-employed worker.
  • Family bond with the self-employed worker.
  • They are not considered employees, but may be protected by certain labour rights.


Legal and tax implications:

  • Collaborating freelancers may be subject to specific regulations regarding their labour and tax rights.
  • They may have access to certain social and employment protection benefits as a result of their collaboration.

Liberal Professionals

Liberal professionals are those freelancers who exercise a regulated profession, such as lawyers, doctors, architects, etc. This category is distinguished by regulation and control specific to the profession in question.


Main characteristics:

  • Exercise of a profession regulated by specific regulations.
  • It requires professional training and qualification.
  • It may involve membership in professional associations or regulatory bodies.


Legal and tax implications:

  • Liberal professionals may be subject to strict regulations regarding their professional practice, including ethical and deontological regulations.
  • They may have specific tax and accounting obligations due to the nature of their professional activity.


Individual entrepreneurs

Individual entrepreneurs are freelancers who start their own business, either as merchants, craftsmen, etc. This category focuses on the initiative and autonomy of the individual to create and manage their own business project.


Main characteristics:

  • Individual business initiative.
  • Management and independent operation of the business.
  • Direct responsibility for business success and failure.


Legal and tax implications:

  • Individual entrepreneurs can face additional challenges in terms of financing, marketing, and business management.
  • They may be subject to specific regulations regarding the creation and operation of your business, as well as tax and accounting obligations.

In conclusion, different classes of freelancers offer a variety of options and opportunities in the world of work. From those who work exclusively for a company to those who venture into the world of entrepreneurship, each category has its own characteristics, challenges and opportunities. It is important to consult local laws and regulations to fully understand the implications of each category and make informed decisions about your career as a freelancer.


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