Self-employed: From business to accounting | Become a model #6

Becoming a model in major cities like New York and Los Angeles can be incredibly challenging, especially once you’ve completed your initial jobs. In this chapter, we will explore the journey of self-employment in the modeling industry, including business registration, running your modeling business, and achieving success. We’ll also discuss the legal considerations for new and young models, as well as the financial aspects of modeling. Learn, free, online! Back to overview: Become A Model.

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Starting Your Modeling Business Step by Step

Let’s break down the process of establishing your modeling business:

1. Becoming a Model: Legal Form

One of the first questions new models ask is about the best legal form for their modeling career. This decision becomes crucial once you start earning money from modeling assignments.

2. Setting Up Your Business: Simplicity for Models

When you register your modeling business, you’ll need to decide whether to pay VAT (Value Added Tax) or operate as a small business without VAT. Understanding this choice is essential, as it affects your accounting and financial reporting.

3. Accounting for Models

Accounting may seem daunting, but it’s a necessary part of your modeling career. We’ll explore how to manage your finances as a model, especially when it comes to earnings and expenses.

4. Financial Statements: Profits and Net Income

Models often wonder how long they should operate as a small business. We’ll delve into the advantages and suitability of this legal form for both part-time and full-time models.

Important Note: Consult with Professionals

Before embarking on your modeling journey, it’s crucial to consult with your parents or seek advice from an accountant if you are older. These professionals can offer invaluable guidance in navigating the complexities of the modeling business.

Understanding Self-Employment in Modeling

Why is it necessary to establish your own business as a model? Unlike traditional employment, where you receive a fixed monthly salary and adhere to set working conditions, modeling involves working with various companies, each with its payment terms and working hours. As a model, you are considered self-employed, and registering your business with the local trade office becomes a critical step in your career.

Choosing the Right Legal Form

When registering your modeling business, you’ll encounter a choice between paying VAT and operating as a small business without it. This decision impacts your accounting and financial reporting. Opting for a small business simplifies your financial obligations, requiring only general accounting and a straightforward profit and net income method for calculating earnings and expenses.

Streamlining Accounting for Models

Models typically don’t need complex financial statements. General accounting, which involves collecting invoices and comparing earnings to expenses, suffices in most cases worldwide. You’ll need to maintain accurate records of all receipts and invoices for several years, as requested by tax authorities. Using a physical folder for document storage is recommended to ensure nothing gets lost or deleted accidentally.

Fulltime or Part-Time Modeling

Models enjoy the flexibility of managing their time, allowing them to work part-time or alongside other commitments, such as school. Starting a small business is feasible even while pursuing education.

Private Liability

It’s essential to exercise caution and avoid taking financial risks in your modeling endeavors. Remember that you are personally liable for your business’s financial obligations. Focus on saving money rather than borrowing, especially from the outset.

Income and Expense Tracking

Maintaining accuracy in your accounting process is crucial. Keep records of all expenses and earnings, both in physical form and digitally. Create a comprehensive list that allows you to compare profits and expenses at the end of the year.

End-of-Year Financial Statement

At the end of each year, you’ll need to perform a profit and net income calculation and present it to the tax office. This calculation is relatively straightforward and relies on the money in your account. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact your tax office for guidance.

Insurance for Modeling Jobs

Lastly, remember to secure appropriate insurance coverage for your modeling assignments, especially if you’re not covered by family insurance or still in school or university.

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