Finance for Freelancers (BECTU Vision – Scotland)

Sat 21Jan2023

This online workshop shows you how to keep within the regulations and not waste time, whilst making the most of your finances.

From 10am until 1pm

Venue: Online using Zoom

Run by BECTU Vision This course is being delivered with support from Scottish Union Learning and is funded by The Scottish Government.

Finance for Freelancers // Saturday 21 January 2023 // 10:00-13:00 // Online
The essential course for every freelancer – this course will take the you through everything you need to know to manage the business side of your freelance career in the film & TV industry.

The course will teach participants to understand the importance of good record keeping and working out how not to run out of cash, along with issues surrounding tax and national insurance. The learning covers types of self-employment and, the main financial regulations to be observed.

By the end of the course, you will have a good grounding in the major financial aspects of freelancing in the Film & TV sector and how to make the most of what you earn and manage losses and debt.

Course content:
  • Engaging with money - Setting monthly budgets
  • What do we mean by ‘freelance’ - Employed vs self-employed; Ltd Company
  • Tax time-lines - how HMRC knows about your finances
  • How not to run out of money - Cash flow planning for freelancers
  • Where to find financial support
By the end of the workshop you should be able to:
  • Set monthly spending budgets
  • Understand the difference between PAYE freelancing and self-employed status
  • Meet current tax deadlines and be prepared for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital project
  • Draw up effective cash flow plans (spreadsheets provided)

Who is this course for?
This course is for freelance film & TV practitioners who work in all departments, and at all levels.

This course will be delivered by highly experienced broadcaster, trainer and manager David Thomas of David Thomas Media.
This session is specifically for established film and television practitioners based in Scotland. Please only apply if you meet this criteria. BECTU opportunities for those in other areas of the UK can be found here:
England, Wales.
  • Applicants should be based and working freelance in film and television in Scotland.
  • We're targeting practitioners working in scripted production for this course.
  • Students are not eligible for this training.

  • As this is a workshop style course, there are a limited number of spaces available to allow participants the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
  • Priority for spaces will be given to eligible BECTU members.
  • If more BECTU members apply than spaces available, places will be given to those who demonstrate the greatest professional need for this training.
  • If we receive more eligible applications than spaces available, we will endeavour to schedule additional training sessions at a later date (subject to funding).
  • Places are provided free of charge but are worth a considerable amount. Please only apply if you can commit to attending the session.
The deadline to apply is

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Posted on 28 October 2019