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Freelance- on the move
show user profile  9krausec
Looking for some advice from vet freelancers on this forum.

Lately the lady friend and I have been talking about future plans (which I don't like cause I live off the cuff most days) considering she was done with college last year and I'm nearing my end.

She wants to travel around in the worst way (a couple years here, then move and a couple years there... so forth).

I told her that I'm down, but if it's not realistic for freelance CG work, I wont be able to. So.... How realistic is this? I plan to initially move to a larger city for about 4 years and hack away at a studio job if I'm so lucky to get one. Then, when I am ready and experienced enough in the industry, attempt moving to freelance and aquire a client base.

Are clients on average reluctant to work with you again if you are a far distance away after you have done work for them already when living in their general area? How common is it to work strictly over the internet on larger project? I know these questions are all relative, but... looking for some advice all the same.

ALSO, on a side not, I have a question about living in the UK... I have nothing against a society that is more towards the socialized spectrum of things, but if I move into the UK on a work visa for a year or two, am I going to have to be subjected to paying the taxes on the government services when I (assumably) won't be able to take advantage of any of them since I am not a boneified citizen?

Don't want to come off stupid with these questions, I'm just inexperienced in the field and need to know what the average or standard usually is and I know a few of you have the experience to fill in the blanks for me.


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9/17/2012 7:47:31 PM (last edit: 9/17/2012 7:47:31 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Can't say anything about the rest but usually when you work in a country you pay your taxes there.

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9/17/2012 8:04:04 PM (last edit: 9/17/2012 8:04:04 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
Can't really call my self a vet freelancer but in my case I had to work for some time for free just to sharpen the skills and add some stuff to portfolio. Things aren't going good with 3d graphics where I live so the internet freelance is kind of the only thing... I suggest asking people around here about the 3d models selling websites like TurboSquid coz it might be a good place to start.
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9/17/2012 8:04:40 PM (last edit: 9/17/2012 8:06:36 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
In the UK, you would pay taxes, assuming you are working here, not studying.

To work here, you would need to get a National Insurance number,and you would pay tax on that.

Some can be claimed back:

You would have to pay council tax.

This has a lot of details, but reading it made my head hurt: (IR20 - Residents and
non-residents liability to tax in the United Kingdom)

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9/17/2012 8:06:25 PM (last edit: 9/17/2012 8:06:25 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
as a non-eu citizen you would need a work permit, just as we would over there.

would be easier to start a us company & work for it.

as to how much time you can spend working for your us company when living in other countries, dunno - that's a q for lawyers.

only short periods would be my guess.

HMRC (our equivalent of IRS) have telephone numbers you can call (would be an international call), they could talk you through what you'd need much quicker than wading through tons of documents.
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9/17/2012 8:12:29 PM (last edit: 9/17/2012 8:17:59 PM)
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