MONEY MATTERS

The subject most freelancers hate talking about - money. Money matters for freelancers as does future planning. Tom Goodwin, Financial Specialist at SJP gives a masterclass on saving for the future, investments, grants, and securing your financial future as a freelancer.

FILING YOUR SELF-ASSESSMENT TAX

Across the land, freelancers are digging out old invoices, requesting receipts and figuring out which expenses they can put on their self assessment tax form as the deadline draws ever closer. However it's not just January 31st that freelancers need to be aware of, there are a couple of additional dates to put in the diary. Our friends at TaxScouts have compiled a handy checklist of key tax dates, ways to file your self-assessment and consequences if you don't to ensure freelancers stay on top of their financials.

VIRTUAL FASHION SHOOTS IN ISOLATION

As we all come to terms with yet another stint at home, freelancers are finding creative ways to stay proactive and productive online. Remote collaborations and virtual shoots have been gathering momentum for a few months with freelancers finding new ways to practice their craft and produce work for their portfolio. To get an insight into the process, we spoke with a couple of freelancers about their experience to see how it's done.

SELF ASSESSMENT MADE EASY

Self-assessment made easy - has a nice ring to it! Like many freelancers, you most probably want to forget the whole ordeal, spend your hard-earned money on things that matter and pretend like tax ain’t no big thing…until next year. However, self-assessment doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you start planning now. Here is some handy freelance advice to help. 

HOW TO SET UP AN ONLINE VIRTUAL SHOOT

When we first heard about members setting up fashion shoots online, we couldn't figure out how they were doing it. A lot of the work on a shoot requires a hands-on approach - a makeup artist applying a look on the face of a model, a photographer positioning the subject, a designer building a set or an assistant adjusting the lighting... so how were they able to produce results without physically being able to interact? 

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