Doing business is following a clue not a scene
of a crime
1. There are people arriving late and there are punctual people. We tend not to
be very strict on rules, so arriving once10 minutes late wouldn’t be considered
“to be late” or impolite. You shouldn’t find problems there.
2. Siesta. No siesta. Never! The siesta comes from the days of people working
the fields in Andalucia in the summertime when the temperatures reach
above40 degrees Celsius at 3pm. Of course this doesn’t apply to IT and you will
find nobody asking you for that kind of thing. It is, however, expected to stop for
a prolonged lunch break of 30 minutes to 1 hour between 1pm and 3pm.
3. Starting to work 8:30 is quite normal. Some companies offer flexible starting
times between 7-10 am.
4. We speak louder than, let’s say, French people. But that’s just the tone of
voice, the language and the culture. We are not really shouting. It does depend
on each individual, like I’ve mentioned point 1.
5. It’s probable that you won’t because the the unemployment is so high, bit you
might say “high monthly social “fee” even if you don’t invoice anything?”. Yes,
this is totally true.
6. Yes. A lot of bureaucracy and unfriendly public servants. But I can’t talk from
personal experience here regarding the opening of a business.
7. No clue.
8. We like expats, they’re exotic. We distinguish between nationalities and we
will apply sterotypes, but people will be friendly and happy to talk to you.
9. It might be. It’s hard to tell.
10. It depends on your target population. Young people (20-30) will be happy to
buy online, but you will need to build trust at the beginning. To offer the option of
paying when receiving the goods (even at a cost for the customer) is advisable.