How To Get Ready For The Self Assessment Deadline

No-one really enjoys filing their Self Assessment. It’s that unwanted chore that you put off until the last minute, before flying into a mad January panic when you realise time’s almost up. Our friends at Crunch, the online accounting specialists, take us through a few hints to help freelancers get through it.

It might not surprise you to know that, historically, Self Assessment deadline day (31st January each year) is an extremely busy day at the offices of HMRC. It also might not come as a surprise that they rake in millions from late-filing penalties every year.

Getting your documents together and filing early are the safest ways to avoid a Self Assessment headache. With that in mind, here are three ways you can get yourself ready for the Self Assessment deadline.

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How To Become a Video Technician

Learn how to become a video technician

What is a Video Technician?
Video Technicians can work across a variety of productions such as theatre, film, TV, concerts and news conferences. Video Technicians usually work as part of a large team, while the people they work alongside will vary depending on the production; they may work alongside a Video Supervisor, Technical Director,  Projection Designers and Video Camera Operators.

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How To Become a Boom Operator

How to become a Boom Operator

What is a Boom Operator?
Boom Operators usually work on a freelance basis and work throughout production. They assist the sound mixer by operating the microphone which is attached to a long pole, in order to capture the best sound quality from the actors or performers. Throughout production they will also work with the sound team assisting in the placing of recording equipment and clip microphones.

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How To Become a Sound Technician

How to Become a Sound Technician

What is a Sound Technician
Sound Technicians work either in production or post-production depending on the specialism. During production Sound Technicians work to record sounds across various locations. In post-production Sound Technicians will assist in creating the soundtrack from the various sources.

In this role you will have the opportunity to work across a range of industries including advertising, radio, TV, film and theatre.

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How to Become a Prop Maker

How to Become a Prop Maker

What is a Prop Maker?
Prop Makers usually work for film, TV or theatre productions. As a Prop Maker you will be responsible for making a variety of items. This could be anything from replica weapons to trees.

What is a Prop?
A theatrical property, also known as a prop, is an item that belongs to and is used in a production. A prop is a mobile item that can be positioned on stage, or that is used by members of the cast.

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How To Become a Unit Production Manager

How to Become a Unit Production Manager

What is a Unit Production Manager?
Unit Production Managers work across the production process managing the production’s budget and schedule ensuring that the film makes it from conception to reality.

Budgets make the world go round
Although the role of a Unit Production Manager is largely managerial, people skills are essential for this role. As a Unit Production Manager you will take charge of all budgeting and scheduling issues, both of which are directly impacted by the people working on the production. Conflicts on the production lead to unmotivated staff, unmotivated staff lead to decreased efficiency and mistakes, both of which wreak havoc for the schedule and budget. As a result, Unit Production Managers often act as the mediators between departments, resolving issues and motivating staff.

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How To Become a Costume Buyer

How to Become a Costume Buyer

What is a Costume Buyer?
Costume Buyers are responsible for purchasing the clothes required for a production. Reporting to the Costume Designer, they are expected to source all of the required materials needed to bring a character to life.

Costume Buyers work to the brief of the Costume Designer. This brief can vary dramatically depending upon whether the designer is designing original costumes or sourcing existing articles.

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How To Become a Broadcast Journalist

How to become a Broadcast Journalist

What is a Broadcast Journalist?
Broadcast Journalists research and report news across a variety of channels, to include: TV, radio and online. Some Broadcast Journalists will be centre screen, working as presenters and reporting on the news in front of the camera, or on the radio. Other Broadcast Journalists will work off screen, researching story details and interviewing people. Often Broadcast Journalists will specialise in a particular type of news, for instance sports or politics.

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How To Become a Researcher

How to become a Researcher

What is a Researcher?
Researchers are employed on productions where factual data is needed or where there is a need to employ ‘real life’ people as part of the production. Researchers may also be employed when there is a need for fact checking on historical productions.

Generally, you can find researchers working on anything from commercials and corporate videos to feature documentaries and soaps. The job role of the Researcher is one for those who are ambitious and looking to climb the career ladder. 

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