GUIDE TO A FREELANCE CAMERAMAN CAREER.


REGISTRATION.


FIRST THINGS FIRST, REGISTER YOURSELF WITH THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES AS A SELF EMPLOYED PERSON. YOUR TAX STATUS AND NATIONAL INSURANCE STATUS ARE IMPORTANT. IF THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK DOES NOT EXIST FOR YOU TO BE SELF EMPLOYED THEN TROUBLE WILL SURELY FOLLOW. YOU CAN REGISTER AS A SOLE TRADER OR AS A LIMITED COMPANY, SO MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR LOCAL TAX OFFICE OR COMPANIES HOUSE DEPENDING ON YOUR ROUTE YOU WISH TO TAKE.


SHOULD YOU ALREADY HAVE A TAX ADVISOR OR ACCOUNTANT, THEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU FILL IN THE CORRECT FORMS AND GET YOU REGISTERED, READY TO START WORK.


YOUR PENSION.




















BUSINESS BANKING.


IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEPARATE YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES FROM YOUR BUSINESS DEALINGS. WHEN IT COMES TO VAT AND TAX TIME YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO BE TRAWLING THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNTS TRYING TO REMEMBER WHAT WAS PERSONAL AND WHAT WAS BUSINESS RELATED. WITH A BUSINESS ACCOUNT ALL INVOICES AND BUSINESS SPENDING CAN BE ALLOCATED TO ONE ACCOUNT, MAKING IT EASIER WHEN IT COMES TO ACCOUNTING. REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNTANT HE OR SHE MAY BE CHARGING BY THE HOUR.


IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING ON BEING A LTD COMPANY, THEN OPEN ANOTHER ACCOUNT IN YOUR NAME SHOULD YOU REMAIN AS A SOLE TRADER, AND ACCOUNT FOR YOUR BUSINESS DEALINGS THROUGH THAT ACCOUNT. SPEAK TO YOUR BANK ... THEY NEED YOU AND WANT YOU AS A CUSTOMER. TELL THEM WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING AND THEY CAN ADVISE YOU ACCORDINGLY.


PERSONAL AND BUSINESS INSURANCE.


FIRSTLY, PERSONAL INSURANCE OR INCOME PROTECTION. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE PERSONALLY COVERED FOR SICKNESS, INJURY OR EVEN DEATH. YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE PROVIDED FOR IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE UNABLE TO WORK FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME SHOULD THE WORST HAPPEN.


I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME DRIVING TO AND FROM LOCATIONS. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT FOLLOWING A BAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, I AM UNABLE TO WORK. IF YOU THINK THAT THIS WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU, THINK AGAIN ... IT MIGHT.


SECONDLY, BUSINESS INSURANCE. YOUR WORKING EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY INSURED SHOULD THE WORST HAPPEN TO IT. DROPPED THE CAMERA? SMASHED THE LENS? GOT REAR ENDED IN A TRAFFIC QUEUE AND YOUR CAMERA AND TRIPOD WERE IN THE BOOT? ... OH DEAR, I HOPE YOU WERE INSURED. THIS STUFF HAPPENS ALL OF THE TIME. TALK TO ANY CAMERAMAN AND THEY WILL HAVE A STORY ABOUT CAMERA BREAKAGES OR LOSSES.


PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE IS A MUST IF YOU ARE WORKING FOR YOURSELF OR FOR ANY OTHER COMPANY WHO MAY HIRE YOU. YOU MAY BE COVERED UNDER THEIR INSURANCE YOU MAY NOT. IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH FOR SOMEONE TO TRIP OVER YOUR CABLES, PULLING OVER A LIGHT AND SETTING FIRE TO THE CURTAINS DOES IT? FAR FETCHED I KNOW ... BUT YOU GET THE IDEA. REMEMBER THAT WE NOW LIVE IN A HIGHLY LITIGIOUS SOCIETY, IF THEY THINK THEY CAN SUE YOU ... THEY WILL.


ACCOUNTANCY.



























THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, AND IS A ROUGH GUIDE TO STARTING OUT AS A FREELANCE. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN AS GOSPEL, NOR AS A SURE FIRE START IN A FREELANCE CAREER. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE LEGAL AND APPROPRIATELY INSURED AND CORRECTLY INFORMED. MEDIA ATTENTION LTD TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS OR FAILURE TO GET APPROPRIATE LEGAL ADVICE.

BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THE GREAT LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN WORLD OF BROADCAST FREELANCING, YOU SHOULD TAKE CAREFUL STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND YOUR EQUIPMENT ARE SAFE, INSURED AND ABLE TO TAKE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE FREELANCE WORLD.


BEING A FREELANCER MAKES YOU AND YOU ALONE RESPONSIBLE FOR A GREAT MANY THINGS THAT WILL REQUIRE YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. TAX, VAT, INSURANCES, PENSION PROVISION, BANKING, AND A HOST OF OTHER THINGS THAT WILL EAT INTO YOUR TIME AND TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT AND SELF MOTIVATION FOR IT TO WORK PROPERLY.

IF YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN CORRECTLY FILL OUT THE REQUIRED TAX FORMS, DEAL WITH VAT AND CORPORATION AND PERSONAL TAXES FOR YOUR BUSINESS THEN PLEASE DO. IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY. IF YOU CAN’T, THEN HIRE AN ACCOUNTANT, PREFERABLY ONE WHO KNOWS THE MEDIA ACCOUNTANCY RULES AND IS USED TO DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO USUALLY HAVE OTHER THINGS ON THEIR MIND.


A GOOD ACCOUNTANT IS WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD AND CAN SAVE YOU A GREAT DEAL OF HEARTACHE IN THE LONG RUN. MY ACCOUNTANT FINDS THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE THAT WOULD EITHER GET ME INTO TROUBLE OR SAVE ME MONEY. BOTH ARE GOOD. AND IF THE VAT MAN OR THE REVENUE COME A CALLING ... TRUST ME, THEY CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR BUSINESS. SO DO THIS ONE THING RIGHT ... MAKE SURE YOUR ACCOUNTS ARE CORRECT AND IN ORDER.

IMAGINE AFTER 20 OR 30 YEARS OF HARD WORK YOU ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING. NO INCOME AND NO MEANS OF PROVIDING FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT NO MATTER HOW SMALL YOU START, YOU DO IT... AND DO IT NOW. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I COVERED STORIES ABOUT BRITAIN’S PENSIONS TICKING TIME BOMB? TOO MANY.


MAKE SURE THAT YOU PUT AWAY A DEFINED AMOUNT OR PERCENTAGE OF EVERY PIECE OF INCOME. START A PERSONAL PENSION PLAN OR PUT IT IN AN ISA.... AND LEAVE IT ALONE. ONE DAY, YOU WILL BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU DID.

BEING A FREELANCE TV NEWS CAMERAMAN IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS PICKING UP A CAMERA AND FILMING THE NEWS. THERE IS THE BASICS TO BE COVERED WHEN YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF. FINDING THE WORK CAN BE TOUGH, AS WELL AS BECOMING A CAMERAMAN, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE A BUSINESSMAN....

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