ZUS is 800, and 19% tax on that is another 645. that gives you 1,953 zl. net.
Uh...you do realise that most people pay ZUS and tax as an employee, and not as a self employed person? And for those people, they pay 466zl in ZUS and around 500zl in tax. Or 2434zl netto.
Anyway, anyone registered as a sole trader who pays 1445zl a month on 3390 a month is doing something badly wrong!
A Polish friend of mine, 33 years old, master's degree from Poland and straight up FLUENT in English, just got a job about 4 months ago doing graphics design. he clears 2,000 per month.
You have some very strange friends - they all seem to be underachievers and don't seem to be doing much with themselves. I really wonder what's wrong with a 33 year old English speaking graphic designer if he can't make more than 2000zl a month - unless of course, he's not a graphic designer at all and instead learnt Photoshop in his bedroom.
You seen the number of expensive cars in Warsaw these days?
Or Poznan/Wroclaw for that matter? There's plenty of money flying around here.
although i'm quite sure based on the people I know and have spoken to that 3398 is too high
Well, given that you seem to know failures - I'm not surprised it's too high. 3300 a month for someone qualified and with a decent amount of experience is about normal here, perhaps even on the low side. Let's not forget that many people here are working quite happily on the black market.