A freelancer is a person offering defined services, who typically works on multiple unique contracts within a year. Freelancers earn money on a per-job basis charging hourly, daily or weekly rates for their work. Freelancers are usually self-employed and therefore are responsible for their own sources of work, pay, accounts, taxes and pension. However, some freelancers work on a PAYE basis moving from one employer to the next.
In order to work as a self-employed Freelancer you must register with Revenue as self-employed.
Freelancing is particularly common in the animation and screen industries because of the project-based nature of the work where certain roles are required for defined periods of time ranging from days to months.
Advantages of being a freelancer
Freelancers choose when and where they work.
Freelancers have the luxury of moving between different types of projects; from a four week feature film on location to a sixteen week TV series in studio.
Freelancers are not confined to the career trajectory of certain employed roles. They have the ability to manage and drive their own career in a way that is bespoke to their unique needs year on year.