Luis García Vegan is a digital nomad and entrepreneur with an inspiring business: From his online school, he teaches his fans about healthy vegan cooking while raising awareness about more respectful, balanced nutrition.

Luis needs his business to travel with him. At Companio, we’re proud to work with committed projects and individuals who promote nomadic lifestyles – and the technology that frees us from the limitations of physical borders.

What is “Luís García Vegan Food”?

My project is an online school of healthy cooking and nutrition. I also publish e-books related to the topic and am invited to do conferences throughout the world.

I’m able to promote the vegan lifestyle so people can take care of themselves and improve their diet, but my goal is to provide better awareness and care of our planet.

Why Have You Taken Your Vegan Business Digital?

Today, most jobs are already digital in one way or another. The problem is that we haven’t completely adapted yet.

If you work in an office, although you have a physical space, you’re already working with a computer and a phone. You could almost certainly be working from home or any other place. Physical space is no longer relevant.

For me, digital nomadism is a personal choice that makes me very happy, and that brings more good than bad. I’m also convinced that these shifts will mean the end of concepts such as nations (at least as they’re known now).

What Are Your Biggest Challenges as an Entrepreneur? 

I don’t have many challenges apart from those of any other conventional company: State legislation, taxation laws, borders, and residence rules.

But there are always solutions, and if you’re someone who’s not afraid to experiment, you’ll always find alternatives that fit your needs. Companio has helped me find these creative solutions for my vegan company – and move me into the future. 

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What Issues Did You Find with Opening a Business in Spain? 

As a digital nomad, I kept a company in Spain. It was weird to invoice with a Spanish address (which was no longer mine) and even weirder to pay a state that didn’t provide any benefits in return. For example, I didn’t use Spanish hospitals but was paying social taxes to the Spanish tax office – but I was purchasing services like private medical insurance.

It goes without saying that Spain isn’t a great country to be a freelancer or set up a company. The government puts obstacles in your way. I’m not asking for help from the state, I just want a state that doesn’t hit me with fines and taxes every time I want to start something new.

When someone becomes an entrepreneur and launches a business, this person is paying and contributing with taxes. It’s paradoxical that when you just want to do that (e.g. pay taxes, generate wealth, create jobs) they make it harder. 

How Did You Discover the Estonian e-Residency? 

I needed a system that saw me as a digital nomad. A system that would host my company but understand my reality as a citizen of the world. 

After a thorough internet search, I learned about “digital residence” that would let me open a business in Estonia. I wouldn’t have to live there and would have a legal, legit mechanism to pay fair taxes in a country that allowed me to have a business (no physical location necessary). 

I couldn’t help but admire Estonia’s push for innovation. The more I learned, the more I was fascinated by the idea of becoming a “virtual resident.” It was clear that Estonia encouraged entrepreneurship and the creation of wealth. 

What Was Your Biggest Motivation to Start Your Company in Estonia? 

Estonia supported me as a digital nomad. The bureaucracy is much easier, the deadlines are very short, everything is digitalized, and there are almost no pitfalls. 

Taxes are proportional to your income and there’s no fixed fee for freelancers. You pay based on your benefits or salary – not fixed fees plus taxation on company earnings. Everything is simplified and actually follows common sense.

Estonia is also an EU country which uses Euros and that isn’t a tax haven: It’s all legal and under European taxation.

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What Did Companio Offer That Other Services Didn’t? 

To be honest, I connected to your company from the first moment. I think this is the most important thing when working with someone. Your professional and supportive team has always been patient and kindly explains everything to me (this is especially true when I had a million questions about the initial processes). 

Being able to have direct communication channels in my native language – even during an emergency – has really given me peace of mind.

Where can we find you and know more about your project?

My website is luisgarciavegan.com and on all major social networks, I’m @luisgarciavegan.