Some exciting news!
I've been working as a freelance illustrator for a while now.
In the recent months, however, I've been receiving a lot of support that has been steadily increasing.
This means that I've been able to look into options for registering my own freelance business (which still feels pretty unreal).
So I just wanted to say... thank you so much for supporting me every step along the way & making this possible!
Now... for a little bit of bad news (sorry!)
Registering under a partnership means I had a thorough look at Belgian tax-laws.
The main take-away: I am obliged to charge VAT, even though I was previously told this wasn't obligatory.
What this means: my price list will be revised for 2018 to include these VAT-charges. 'Cause I still gotta eat and be able to afford coffee.
But yeah! This is a big, exciting step and I'm looking forward to see where it will lead me!
I couldn't have made it to this point already without you guys!
VAT is a type of tax on goods and services that goes directly to the state. In Belgium, that's 21% of the price of an item. So... if something costs, say, €25, €5 of that is VAT that goes to the state. Hope that makes sense.
Good luck with the freelance job! I myself opted to work with an interim company for now, but I do hope to get that freelance status one day. c:
It's still going to be a side-job to a day job, but just taking small steps towards doing it full-time in the future is amazingly wonderful.
Best of luck, but I'm positive you'll do great!