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    Question how to register as a freelancer?

    hi, i'm a student, and i have been offered some freelance work. it will be very irregular (once or twice per year) and i don't think the payment will be very much (approx. R3000 per job). the company has asked that i provide 'a legal' invoice. what do i need to do in order to provide this? do i have to register a company? etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somerandomdesigner View Post
    the company has asked that i provide 'a legal' invoice. what do i need to do in order to provide this? do i have to register a company? etc.
    You can invoice out in your personal capacity - no need to register a company. Just put your name, address, contact details as the supplier - and your client's details in the Invoice to: area.

    Use an Excel invoicing template, or get an Invoice book from a stationery company, draft one using your favorite word processor... or an online service as Norri mentioned above.
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    thanks Norri and Dave A Out of interest (as freelancing is common in my field) how much would i have to be earning to register for tax, and to register as a company?

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    hi Dave A, thanks for your reply - one other question - do i need to get a personal tax number, or is my name, address, and contact details sufficient? (the company is international, not south african)

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    Quote Originally Posted by somerandomdesigner View Post
    how much would i have to be earning to register for tax, and to register as a company?
    If you're earning less than about R60000 per annum I wouldn't worry bud. That's around the tax threshold, so once you get up around there you can register.

    Also, you don't want to register as a company unless you're in a tax bracket where you're effectively paying more than 28% tax. Considering when you pass the tax threshon ld you'll be paying 18% tax, you've got a way to go.

    Really as a freelancer there's no reason to register a company - you can operate as a sole proprietor and there are little to no registration requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somerandomdesigner View Post
    Do i need to get a personal tax number, or is my name, address, and contact details sufficient? (the company is international, not south african)
    You don't need to register for tax, so you don't need a personal tax number. I don't see why there would be a problem with just your name, address, contact details and a clear, concise description of the service you provided. It would really depend on what the company you're working for has to comply with in terms of tax legislation in their country.

    You could always ask them if they require any specific detail on the invoices.
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    thanks Mark Atkinson

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