#Freelancelife just got a whole lot more affordable…

Nine-to-six jobs aren’t for everyone. And for those who must hold one down, supplementing that salary can be a tempting thought.

But if we’re being honest, the expensive fees in Dubai were always big deterrent to those of us who were thinking about embracing the freelance life.

Well, that’s all set to change. Dubai’s free zone operator TECOM Group has just announced a new Go Freelance initiative which will cut registration fees to around Dhs7,500 a year – that’s a 70 per cent reduction from the previous package.

The new licence packages are available to freelancers within the media and education fields in Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Park free zones.

Remember, these are freelance licences – not visas. There are separate fees attached for securing visas which you must have in order to live and work in Dubai.

Plus, if you’re currently employed, you’d need to get a “no objection” certificate from your employers before you can apply for a freelance permit.

For women on their husband’s or parents’ sponsorship, they can remain on their existing visas and still apply for the freelance license.

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There’s not much legwork required to get these licences. The application can be made online and you’ll need to submit a CV, copies of your passport and visa, a bank reference letter, no objection certificate, and a portfolio of relevant certificates to prove your credentials.

The current freelance categories include intelligent education consultant, management coach, lighting specialist, furniture designer, animation specialist and commercial market analyst, among others.

Earning a little extra on the side – the right way – never hurt anyone, did it?

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