Tax Return for DJ

People are always throwing parties, whether it be for a birthday, a wedding, or just because they feel like having some fun. That means there’s always lots of demand for DJs to hire, so becoming a freelance DJ isn’t as hard as you’d think.

DJ skills

If you know a lot about music, becoming a freelance DJ shouldn’t be too difficult. You just need to:

  • Love music
  • Be able to create a lively, party atmosphere
  • Have a good ear for music
  • Be able to choose the right music for the right situation

Learning to be a great DJ

Most of the great DJs are self-taught, motivated to learn by their love of music. Even if you don’t know anything about DJ’ing, there are plenty of places you can go to learn. The internet is a great place to start, with plenty of guides online, and tuition videos on YouTube. You should take an interest in other DJs too. Watch them and try to work out what makes them a good DJ, and incorporate their best qualities into your own performances, but taking care to make it your own rather than just copying. If you’d like some more hands-on teaching, there are plenty of courses aimed at teaching and improving DJ skills. Get to know some DJs personally so you can take their advice, and invest in decent equipment from the start so you can perform at your best while looking professional.

Practice makes perfect

Just like anything else you want to get good at, becoming a great DJ takes a lot of practice. So spend as much of your spare time practising your DJ skills as you can. It takes a lot of work, but if DJ’ing is something you really enjoy, it won’t actually feel like work. The more practice you put in, the tighter your DJ shows will be, and the less likely you are to ruin somebody’s wedding party by putting on a bad show.

Different types of DJ events

There are a wide range of events you could play as a freelance DJ, and they all require you to think about your audience. A child’s party will require different music than an adult’s party, and a wedding will require different music than a funeral. Get to know a wide variety of music genres so you can choose the right music for the right event.
It’s important to remember that as a freelance DJ, you need to play music your audience will like, rather than only playing music that fits your personal tastes.

How beginner freelance DJs advertise themselves

As a freelance DJ, many of your clients will come to you through word of mouth, where you’ll DJ for an event and the party hosts will tell their friends how good you were.
This can be difficult when you are starting out, since you won’t have done many performances before. You can start off by asking your friends if you can play at their parties, probably for free, so you can practise DJ’ing in front of people. There are, however, other ways for a beginner freelancer to advertise themselves:

  • Get on Facebook and Twitter: Everybody’s on social media these days, so there’s potential to interest a lot of people in your DJ service.
  • Set up a website: It’ll make you look professional and will act as a shop window where people can learn about your services, prices, and contact details.
  • Place adverts: This doesn’t have to be expensive. You can place adverts in local newspapers or local shop windows, or even place free adverts on places like Gumtree.

How much should a freelance DJ charge?

You can expect to charge around £300-400 on a 5-hour weekend party, and a little less on a weeknight.

Accounting as a freelance DJ

There are various benefits to freelancing as a DJ, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of individuals and businesses to more take-home pay.cBut there is one downside – accounting.
As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year. Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from your DJ’ing.

Getting tax and accountancy advice

With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.

Citi Accounts is different

Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers. Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076

There are many different types of dance, including Ballroom, Country and Western, Swing, Tap, Ballet, Street, and Contemporary.
They have conventions particular to each type of dance, but they all have one thing in common: they all express stories and themes through the movement of the body.
Where does a professional dancer dance?
There are many situations where professional dancers are hired to dance, including:

  • Music videos
  • Concerts
  • Opera
  • Ballets
  • Television
  • Commercials
  • Films
  • Musical theatre

As with other types of performance arts, there can be some discrimination in the types of bodies they’ll accept, such as ballet preferring smaller body types, but some styles of dance are less strict than others.
Other places to dance
On stage isn’t the only place you can get work as a dancer, with many related
professions available, such as teaching dance, teaching fitness classes, and choreography.
Training to be a dancer
Most dancers start learning to dance at a young age, so unless you are incredibly naturally good at dancing, you’re unlikely to make a career out of dancing if you start later in life. If you have a natural talent for dance, you still need to practise and get better. There are plenty of college and university courses where you can learn and gain qualifications, which will make you look more credible when trying to become a professional freelance dancer. You’ll usually need to audition before being accepted. Below are some places you can check out for more information:

  • Dance UK: an organisation representing dancers
  • UK Performing Arts: a database of performing arts courses and academies
  • Royal Academy of Dance: a global leader among dance education organisations

What skills and qualities does a professional dancer need?
If you’re already a talented dancer, many of the requirements to becoming a professional freelance dancer will come naturally.
To be a professional dancer, you’ll be required to:

  • Have good co-ordination, balance, and flexibility
  • Be fitter and stronger than the average person
  • at healthily to help keep your body in a good condition
  • Be able to take criticism well: like all art forms, you’ll need to accept criticism, and use it to improve
  • Have an excellent sense of rhythm and memory
  • Have plenty of patience and stamina as you rehearse
  • Be willing to work long hours, including weekends, so you can rehearse

Accounting as a freelance professional dancer
There are various benefits to freelancing as a professional dancer, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.
But there is one downside – accounting. As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year. Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from dancing.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Citi Accounts is different
Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means
you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076If you have a vivid imagination and are visually creative, becoming a freelance designer could be the career for you. It’s a competitive industry, but this guide will show you how to stand out from the crowd and be a successful designer.
Different types of design
Though they’re all based on visuals, there are a few different kinds of design work:

  • Graphic design
  • Fashion design
  • Illustration
  • Interior design
  • Jewellery design

Graphic design – what kinds of job can you do?
As a graphic designer, you’ll use visuals to communicate messages, ideas, and to sell. This is what’s involved in graphic design:

  • Designing websites.
  • Designing adverts, brochures, and other marketing materials for advertising agencies or marketing agencies.
  • Designing marketing materials for businesses directly.
  • Designing magazines.

As a graphic designer, you don’t need qualifications to find work, but you will need certain skills, such as being an expert in using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Fashion design – what kinds of jobs can you do?

  • Designing clothes for fashion shows: In this situation, the design of clothing is an art form. It doesn’t have to be something people will actually wear in real life, but it must communicate ideas.
  • Designing clothes for people to wear: You’ll design clothes that people will buy to wear. You’ll need to know what the current trends are, as well as what the trends will be in the future.
  • Bespoke clothing: You might design clothes for an individual, for example a wedding dress for a bride, or a tailored suit with a unique design for a man.

Whichever path you take, you’ll need to have a good eye for colour, shapes, and details, as well as more technical aspects, such as sewing and pattern-making.
Illustration – what kinds of jobs can you do?

  • Advertising: Illustration to sell products.
  • Technical diagrams: Illustrations to explain how something works in an instruction manual, for example.
  • Book covers: You could design the front and back covers of novels and other books. There is an increasing need due to self-published authors.
  • Leaflets, maps, guidebooks: You’ll need to design the layout, as well as choose the colour palette.

You don’t necessarily need to have a degree or other qualification to work as a freelance illustrator, but you will need a good eye for design and detail, as well as expert working knowledge in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
Interior design – what kinds of jobs can you do?

  • Choosing the right colours, fittings, and furniture for a house, office, or other building.
  • Designing the style and layout of an interior.
  • Design interiors using hand drawn illustrations or with software.

Like most other types of designer, you don’t necessarily need a degree or other qualification to make a successful freelance career in interior design, but you will need a good eye for colour and detail, be good at drawing, and have expert working knowledge of 3D design software.
Jewellery design – what kinds of jobs can you do?

  • Design bespoke jewellery for a customer based on a consultation where you
    discuss what they want.
  • Design jewellery to sell to more general customers.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to work as a freelance jewellery designer, but you do need to be creative and have technical skills to actually make the jewellery, including mounting gems and engraving metal.
What do the types of freelance design jobs have in common?
Whichever type of design you want to move into, working as a freelancer will bring with it new challenges. You’ll have to get good at these if you want to be a successful freelance designer:

  • Discuss designs and plans with clients, and change them if required.
  • Negotiating prices and time scales.
  • Make designs using hand drawing or design software.
  • Complete work within budgets and deadlines.

How to find work as a freelance designer
As a freelance designer, you’ll have to put a lot of effort into marketing your services. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Portfolio: This is essential to finding design work. Clients will only hire you if they can see you’ve done good work before.
  • Website: Having a professional website will make you look more credible, and is a place to display your portfolio and somewhere to direct potential clients to.
  • Networking: Attend business networking events to meet lots of potential clients. They’ll be more likely to trust you enough to hire you if they’ve already met you in person.
  • Business cards: Hand these out to potential clients, as well as family and friends so they can give them to anybody who might need the services of a designer. Make sure to include your contact details, and your website address so people can see your portfolio.

Accounting as a freelance designer
There are various benefits to freelancing as a designer, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay. But there is one downside – accounting. As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year. Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you developing your craft and finding new clients.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Citi Accounts is different
Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers. Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076To be a great freelance events planner, you need both good organisational skills and good communication skills, because you’ll be responsible for ensuring important days in people’s lives live up to expectations.
What does a freelance events planner actually do?
As an events planner, you’ll have to:

  • Find appropriate venues for events
  • Arrange dates and times
  • Work to budgets
  • Arrange hiring and buying of equipment
  • Choose appropriate food and drink for each occasion

Becoming a great freelance events planner – training and qualifications You can study university degrees in events planning, though degrees in hospitality, communications, and business are also a great foundation for a career. However, you can do without qualifications if you have plenty of experience in events planning, and if you have a portfolio showcasing the work you’ve done previously.
How to find work as a freelance events planner
As a freelance events planner, you get to decide what type of events you want to manage. You could, for example, choose to advertise yourself as specialising in weddings or birthday parties, or as general planner who organises a range of events. Here are a few of the ways you could market yourself:

  • Set up a website: this will make you look professional, and act as a showcase of your previous work.
  • Word of mouth: once you’ve worked for a few clients, they’ll start to refer their friends to you if they think you’ve done a good job.
  • Friends and family: ask them if they know of anyone who needs an events planner, or offer to plan some of their events for free, for practice and for something to add to your portfolio.
  • Add yourself to directories such as Free Index.
  • Use social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

How much should a freelance events planner charge?
Charging for events planning can be difficult because you have to estimate how much the event will cost, while taking your own wages into consideration. Try to find out how other events planners in your area charge to get an idea of how much you should charge for your own services.
Accounting for freelance events planners
There are various benefits to freelancing as an events planner, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay. But there is one downside – accounting. As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form
of PAYE. As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from your events planning.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Citi Accounts is different
Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means
you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076If you’ve always loved fashion, and can look at a stranger and instantly know exactly which clothes they should wear to make them look at their best, being a freelance fashion stylist could be the perfect career for you. This guide will show you how to become a freelance fashion stylist.
What does a fashion stylist do?
A career in fashion styling will open lots of opportunities. You might work on photo shoots, TV, film, fashion shows and catwalks, or even with celebrities.
Whichever opportunities you find, you’ll be choosing the right clothes for the right situation, person, or body types. Some of the tasks a freelance fashion stylist will have to perform:

  • Finding the perfect clothing and accessories for a client.
  • Personal shopping for clients to buy them the clothes you think will look good on them.
  • Talking to the client to find out their tastes in clothing and colours, etc.
  • Analysing a client’s body shape to find the clothes that match their body.
  • Sometimes replacing a client’s entire wardrobe with clothes that suit them better, and clothes which are trendier.

Learning to be a fashion stylist – training and qualifications
Having formal qualifications aren’t essential to becoming a freelance fashion stylist. Experience, though, is vital. A degree in an artistic field such as fashion or art will show people that you are creative, though many people move into the fashion styling profession via an apprenticeship or internship.
Finding an apprenticeship or internship
Many high-end brands offer work experience in fashion styling. You can find some with a quick search on Google, but many companies don’t advertise their internships, so you’ll have to contact the companies you’d like to work with directly. You could be offered a full-time job at the end of it.
An interest in fashion – keeping up to date
Fashions change all the time. If you don’t keep up with current trends, you won’t be effective at your job and people won’t hire you to be their fashion stylist. Read fashion magazines to see what’s happening in the fashion industry, and attend fashion shows.
How to find work as a freelance fashion stylist
It’s recommended that you start your career in fashion styling as an employee at a company to gain experience, and move to freelancing later on. But whether you choose to gain lots of experience first, or just jump straight into the world of freelancing, you’ll be spending much of your time and effort in the early days marketing your services to attract new clients. Here are a few ways to market your services as a freelance fashion stylist:• Word of mouth: If you start off by working for a company, you should build a reputation in the industry, which will make it easier to find clients. If you have little experience, you could try fashion styling for family or friends.

  • Make a website: Having a professional website will make you look more credible and is a great place to display your portfolio, prices, and contact details.
  • Portfolio: A good portfolio is vital to being a successful freelance fashion stylist.

Take pictures of your clients (with their permission) and put them in your
portfolio to show other people what you’re capable of.
Accounting as a freelance fashion stylist
There are various benefits to freelancing as a fashion stylist, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay. But there is one downside – accounting. As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE. As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year. Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you developing your craft and finding new clients.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Citi Accounts is different
Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means
you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076A film director’s job is to take a script and turn it into an audio-visual piece of art for an audience to watch. Though a lot of the work in making a great film comes from writing the script, the director still needs to have a lot of imagination and be able to transfer what they see in their minds onto the screen for others to see.
What does a film director do?
As a film director, you’ll need to:

  • Supervise script-editing
  • Cast acting roles
  • Find the right locations to film
  • Choose the right costumes and music
  • Direct the actors
  • Direct the crew
  • Ensure film production sticks to the budget and schedule People skills

As a film director, you’ll need good people and communication skills, since though you’ll be acting as the main storyteller, there’ll be other people giving their input, from writers to editors and producers. For the film making process to be successful, you’ll need to take into consideration
what they say while still trying to make it your own.
Directing people
As the job title suggests, a film director needs to direct people.
This could be anything from telling an actor how they need to act a certain part, to telling the cameramen (or women) what sort of shots you’re looking for.
Where does a film director start?
Many directors learn the trade by starting at the bottom, often as runners, and slowly making their way up to assistant director, and then, finally, director. You’ll gain lots of the practical experience necessary to direct films. Starting from the bottom also means you’ll have the opportunity to meet lots of people working in the industry, so always try to do the best job possible so that you’ll be remembered.
What skills does a film director need to develop?
Below are some of the attributes vital for a great film director to have. These are the skills you’ll be looking to constantly develop:

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Creative with a big imagination
  • An ability to remain calm in difficult situations

Becoming a better film director – training and qualifications
Like all artistic industries, the film industry is incredibly competitive, so you need to make sure you have as much skill as possible. Even though it takes lots of natural talent, there are plenty of ways to hone your skills to become a better film director. Studying, either through a short course, college, or university, will help give you the edge.
Below are some places to check out different directing courses:

  • National Film and Television School
  • The London Film School
  • The London Film Academy
  • British Film Institute

How to find work as a film director
Like all other creative industries, the film industry is very competitive, and difficult to break into, but below are some places that will help you find work as a film director, or other jobs in the industry:

  • 4rfv: a directory for the UK film and TV industry.
  • Broadcast Now: a news site specific to the film and TV industry, also featuring a job board.
  • Directors Guild Trust: An organisation representing directors in the UK.

Accounting as a freelance film director
There are various benefits to freelancing as a film director, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay. But there is one downside – accounting. As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year. Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from directing films.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year. But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Citi Accounts is different
Citi Accounts provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service
designed just for freelancers. Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:

  • Take-home pay
  • Which VAT scheme to register for
  • Expenses
  • Tax allowances
  • Choosing between sole trader and limited company
  • Running your business in a tax-efficient way

We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076