... work as a film maker
You have the chance to make a film on assignment. But you don't have a production company which fulfills all the legal requirements yet, and you would rather not take on the financial risks of an entrepreneur.
There are different ways tp deal with income, payments, taxes, insurance etc.
Your client as producer
You can ask your client to act as producer. Then all the payments go through him and he takes care of financial administration, tax payments, etc. This means your client is taking the financial risks. You become employed by him, or receive a fee for the commission. You can only receive a fee without hassles if you have a VAR-wuo statement from the Tax Service and a BTW (sales tax) number.
Another option is the payroll service. It works like an employment agency. Your client pays the service and then it pays you. The amount you receive is a net payment. Legally withheld amounts have already been taken out. Such a service charges a provision for its mediation. You avoid a lot of red tape with this kind of arrangement.
Placing your assignment with an audio-visual production company
By placing the assignment with an established producer you have the chance of receiving a commission or a percentage of the profits if the production is financially successful.
Look for an established av company or ask a payroll service if they have the option of acting as producer. If someone wants to work with you, you can try making agreements regarding a commission or division of any profits. Remember that the one who acts as producer is the one taking the risks, and therefore receives a much larger share of the profits than you can ask for. If you want to you can suggest taking part of the risk yourself by putting your fee on the line if something goes wrong, in exchange for a larger share of the profits.
Starting your own production company
If you are brave enough to take on the enterprise risks, then you can set up your own establishment. Remember that this is only practical if you can foresee enough continuity in terms of commissions. If that is the case, then first write up a business plan. And in that regard: find out which form of enterprise is most suitable, register your company with the Chamber of Commerce and apply for a BTW number.
You should realize that an independent entrepreneur is required to keep detailed financial accounts for the Tax Service. And remember to think about insurance!
- I want to start a film company
- I want to work as a freelancer
- money & taxes
- enterprise forms (pdf)
- website Chamber of Commerce
- website Belastingdienst