New freelancers always ask me for business tips and billing information. It’s complicated to answer for three main reasons. First of all, sole proprietorship DBA, LLC, B-corp, C-corp, and S-corp are confusing AF because each business structure has different taxation and benefits. Second, every production company has different policies and preferences. Third, billing processes change with every new tax code, form, and App released. There are simply too many variables.
Currently, there are plenty of business classes and advice articles for freelancers available on-line. However, there’s limited information for freelance wardrobe stylists working as independent contractors. Stylists are probably too busy, too protective, or simply too frustrated by paperwork to share business tips. In efforts to fill this information void, I’m happily sharing some of the good, the bad, and the ugly lessons I’ve learned.
Pulling from 16 years of commercial and advertising production experience, I compiled my top 6 business tips for freelance wardrobe stylist trying to navigate their way to a paycheck and tax compliance.
* I’m not a tax professional and don’t offer legal, accounting, or tax advice.