Friday, January 20, 2006

Paperwork

I'm back in Holland from a nice Christmas vacation with the family. It was probably the tamest New Years ever, but that's ok. I'll step it up next year.

I've started to do some hunting for new clients, but mainly I have been a student of paperwork. I managed to get through the necessary obstacles in Slovakia such that I am now self employed over there and have my tax number. My current challenge is figuring out the exact legalities that surround me working under my slovak company for clients in various countries. The countries that joined the EU in May 2004 don't enjoy the same benefits as other member states just yet. Even though it's against European law, some countries still require work permits for citizens from the new EU countries. That doesn't apply for self employed people however. How do you know you are self employed? Well the government of each country has their own definition, and it's been fun trying to get that definition out of them. Simply put, it's still a bit of a mess.

I can't say I didn't expect there to be issues like this. Every time I get frustrated I have to remind myself that if I want to be one of the first Slovak consulting firms that does business all over Europe, I have to get through this stuff now and not wait until it's all cleared up and easy.

I'm also trying to sort out tax issues, and since there will be multiple gov'ts that will want to tax me, I will be needing a good accountant very soon.

The hardest thing so far however has been naming my company. I thought it would be a bit of an exercise, but it's been a right pain in the ass. Everything I think of has already been taken. Back to the drawing board.