As a freelancer you are your own boss, but of course responsibilities also come into play. Consider, for example, the fact that you have to make your own tax returns, that you can be contacted at the moment that you cause damage during a shift and that you are responsible for shifts when you are accepted. In this article we have listed the most important points for you.
As a freelancer, you must submit VAT returns every quarter, even if you have not worked in a quarter. You can find everything about the VAT returns here.
Income tax declaration
Every natural person with Dutch nationality is responsible for making a declaration of his own income tax. When you work as a salaried employee, the amount you need to state is ready at the moment you make the declaration. As a freelancer, however, you are responsible for calculating the amount on which you pay tax. Every year before 1 May you make an overview of your income and your expenses as a freelancer in the year before.
Because you work in the capacity of your own company, you can be contacted at the moment that you cause damage during an assignment. Usually the coverage of the insurance that the client has for its own employees extends to freelancers, but this is not always certain. That is why we strongly recommend taking out liability insurance for freelancers. Note that you usually need a Chamber of Commerce number to be able to take out such an insurance. This insurance is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended as mentioned before.
We advise you to respond to as many assignments as possible on our platform, so that you increase the chances that you can work on your desired day. Please note, however, that you are responsible for your registration as long as it is open. Can’t you work anymore? Then cancel your registration immediately. If you are accepted and within the cancellation period, you can no longer cancel the shift without arranging replacement. How you can withdraw your registration can be read here.
As explained in the terms and conditions of use, you sell all your claims on (future) clients to an independent financing party, Finqle BV. When you check out your shift, you have two options with regard to payment. For a fee of 2,9% of your invoice amount you can opt for payment within 72 hours after approval of your check-out by the client. The other option is to wait until the client has paid.
As a freelancer you are never 100% sure of your payouts. If you opt for your shift during the check-out for the 'Waiting for payment client' option, the debtor risk lies entirely with you. Do you opt for 'direct payment'? In short, this means that Finqle buys your invoice at 2,9% of your total invoice amount and enters into the payment thereof. In return, they will pay your checkout within 3 or 5 business days after the agreement. We advise you to always go for this option, because this gives you more certainty as mentioned.