The business side of your film company is often one of the most time consuming aspects of running a film business. I think I can speak for a lot of us when I say that the business side is also often the most difficult.
Matt Blick of Magnum Digital Cinema is working to help make things better. Matt has taught several sessions for our Online Academy, and I recently chatted with him about a new resource he is launching called “freelancekit”.
I asked Matt about his new project:
What inspired you to start freelancekit?
I started freelancekit out of a frustration with seeing freelancers quit their passion/freelancing because they didn’t understand how to run a business. They were awesome at photography, design, film, etc. but they struggled with the business aspects of their company. They didn’t quote properly. They didn’t ask the right questions. They didn’t plan for the future.
I realized that I was constantly using resources for my own business and decided to turn them into business resource templates that any freelancer could use. It was time to make these freelancers successful again.
Can you explain a little about what freelancekit is, does, and how it will be helpful to filmmakers and other creatives?
freelancekit is business resource templates for freelancers who struggle with the business aspects of their company. Most freelancers are extremely talented but quit or close shop after 3 – 5 years because they don’t know how to run a business. These business templates are tried-and-true, succesfully used business resources that were designed by freelancers for freelancers. freelancekit allows you to save time while having unified branded resources to use within your company.
Specifically, how does freelancekit help creatives better manage the business side of their company?
Everyone wants to save time and focus their energies where it matters the most. By using freelancekit resources, freelancers can quit reinventing the wheel and invest their precious time on new ventures or on current projects that are vying for their attention.
Over the years I’ve seen freelancers send documents that are lack-luster, poorly designed (or not at all!) and downright unprofessional. This reflects on your company and your attention to detail and how you will take care of your future clients. Clients notice! This is what sets you apart from the competition.
I think these resources are going to be really helpful, especially for those of us still getting our feet wet in the business aspects of our company.
Matt is also offering a special discount for all of you who are readers of our blog! If you make a purchase on any of the products at freelancekit.com on the day of the launch, you can get a 20% discount by using the discount code MWCFALAUNCH2015. (And in case you’re wondering, the business templates are compatible with Mac Pages and Microsoft Word).
freelancekit will be officially launching this Thursday (Nov 19th). You can learn more about the project by going to http://freelancekit.com, and signing up for the email updates.