Guide to Registering as Self-Employed in Colombia: Steps & Tips

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What is it?

Registering as a self-employed professional in Colombia involves legally formalizing your freelance or independent business activities. This allows you to operate within the legal framework, access tax benefits, and ensures compliance with Colombian labor laws.

Who needs it?

Ideal for digital nomads, freelancers, and independent contractors operating in Colombia. Whether you’re a software developer, designer, writer, or any other self-employed professional, formal registration is crucial for maintaining legal business operations and gaining credibility.


  1. Research requirements and determine the right category for your profession.
  2. Collect necessary documentation, including identification and proof of business activity.
  3. Complete the RUT (Registro Único Tributario) registration online through DIAN.
  4. Visit the local chamber of commerce to register your business name if applicable.
  5. Submit additional paperwork to the chamber of commerce and pay the registration fees.
  6. Once approved, obtain your Registro Mercantil.
  7. Keep records of all documents for future reference and compliance.

Required documents

  • Valid government-issued ID (Passport for foreigners)
  • Proof of address in Colombia (utility bills or rental agreement)
  • Detailed description of your business activities
  • Completed RUT form (available online through DIAN: )
  • Payment receipts for registration fees (obtained at the local chamber of commerce)

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • Registration is mandatory for legal operation and tax purposes.
  • It helps build credibility with clients and local authorities.
  • Ensure to keep updated with any changes in local regulations affecting self-employed individuals.


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