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Doing Business in Miami

Working in Miami certainly has its ups and downs, but that does not mean the city has lost any of its charm. The beautiful beaches and the blazing sunshine are definite upsides to working here. Read about Miami’s economy, the job search, taxation, and more in our guide.
The job search in Miami can be quite daunting.

Where to Look for Jobs

Finding a job can be quite difficult in Miami, as is the case in much of the USA. However, with some effort and drive, you may be able to maneuver the hurdles imposed by unemployment rates and recession. As the very first step, you need to know what exactly you’re looking for. Maybe you would like to work in a particular industry and in a particular area of Miami.

Once you have narrowed down your search, online job databases and search engines, such as Monster, Dice, and CareerBuilder, are good places to start looking for job openings. However, it is usually also worthwhile to use traditional resources, such as local newspapers. Most papers list job openings as well, and in Miami the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel are the most prominent. Finally, there is no shame in relying on your business contacts and your expat network, as many positions are not openly advertised in the US.

Once you have applied for a job and met your prospective employer for an interview, you should not hesitate to follow up on your application by thanking them for the opportunity.

Would you like to know more about the US labor market and the job search? Our article on finding work in the USA offers lots of information on this topic.

Social Security Numbers and No State Tax: Administrative Information

Everyone working in Miami, and in the US for that matter, must apply for a social security card, which will show their individual social security number. If you hold a nonimmigrant visa, you should apply for a social security number online ten days after you have arrived in the USA. Immigrants, on the other hand, can request their social security card when they apply for their visa.

In the United States, social security contains retirement benefits as well as disability and survivors insurance. Anyone working in the US automatically contributes 6.2% of their salary towards social security. For more information on this topic, have a look at our guide on working in the USA and visit the homepage of the Social Security Administration.

Florida is one of seven US states that does not collect any income tax, so you will only be taxed at the federal level while in Miami. Expats living and working in the United States on a permanent basis are taxed the same way as US citizens. If this is not the case for you, you should see if you qualify as a resident or non-resident alien by taking the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) so-called Substantial Presence Test.

If you want to learn more about the social security system, income tax, and pension plans for expats, read our articles on social security and taxation in the USA to learn more.

Different Country, Different Culture: Working in Miami

Depending on your country of origin, chances are that American business men and women are a lot more direct than what you are used to. Of course, this does not mean that they are in any way rude. Your Miami-based business partners will, however, most likely not take the time for lengthy introductions, but rather get straight to the point.

At the same time, most companies have quite an informal communication style, and colleagues and business partners are often on a first-name basis. In business settings, however, socializing is usually not as important as dedication and hard work.

Don’t be surprised if your colleagues or business partners invite you to their home for dinner or drinks. Sometimes these types of invitations are uttered quite casually, but if a specific time is given, you can be sure it’s an actual invitation. Generally, it can be considered rude to decline such invitations, so they should not be ignored without good reason.


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