Be a Professional Blogger and Level Up Your Chance on Getting Paid By Clients
I am grateful for these huge opportunities to represent my country Philippines and join other International bloggers and influencers to these media trip. Aside from FREE tours, accommodations, food, I even get paid for attending the International Trip to Indonesia.
Sometimes attending events in the Philippines are paid thru cash, Gift Certificates, products or worst no payment at all, you will just receive loot bags with pens, notebook, mug, power banks and/or USB thumb drive.
For bloggers who are just starting, they wouldn’t mind getting loot bags only after attending an event. But for Bloggers who have established their blog and their social media followings, I am 100% sure that majority of them are asking for cash payment.
Some celebrity bloggers are getting paid for their event appearance. I bet all bloggers would want to be paid thru CASH because how can we maintain and pay our domain yearly if we don’t get any money from blogging? Imagine attending events will require us bloggers to commute, take an UBER or some would need to gas their car and add to that paying the parking fee.
So why register your blog?
Now, I am aiming to collab with another client and what if the client asks for a receipt and I don’t have any to give, I don’t know if the collaboration will push or the client will back out.
So what I did, I research on how to register my blogs business name on DTI (Department of Trade and Industry). I tried registering my blog www.ilovepaars.com at www.business.gov.ph .com is not a valid business name so I changed it and after filling up the form online, you will have another window to choose on how to pay the fee, you have an option on paying thru BANCNET but very limited banks are included and via GCASH.
I look for the nearest DTI office in my area ( Las Pinas) and the following day I went to Negosyo Office / DTI Las Pinas in Villar Sipag C5. The queue of people is short but there is only 1 personnel to process your application and it also takes longer because the staff will call for senior citizen in an interval for every applicant.
I was not able to finish that day so I decided to go back the following day, get there early in the morning (9:00 am) and I was 5th on the line. After 4 hours I finally had my DTI registration. I paid 530 pesos for 1 business name.
I have 2 blogs under my name but since BLOG/Blogging is new on DTI, they do not have an option to register your (insert name).com business name instead you have an option using your Name or Alias then suffix either WEBSITE MANAGEMENT OR SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT.
It took me a few minutes to decide what should I choose. If I choose Social Media, company/client may think my business is only on Facebook or Instagram, so I finally decided to choose DBMPH Online Marketing and Services as my business name. So when a client will be collaborating with either of the two blogs I am handling I can give out 1 receipt since I have my name showed on my DTI and BIR.
NEXT STEP: FILING FOR BUSINESS PERMIT
Costs: 6,000 PHP
LAST STEP: BIR filing
BIR filing costs: 1,300 for my OR (own official receipt) and 450 pesos for the filing of TAX payable thru authorized bank, in my case, I paid thru BPI branch near BIR Las Pinas.
Vat or Non-Vat
If your business has an annual gross of 5 Million pesos and up then you fall under the VAT, and less will fall under the Non-Vat.
8% or Itemized Tax
Now, this is a very tricky part, in 2018 I opt the 8% tax that will be deducted to every time I will file my quarterly tax. And Itemized is you have an option to breakdown all your expenses for that said quarter. It will be deducted to your quarterly gross.
Taxable and Non-taxable
Taxpayers such as employees, freelancer, business owners who had a gross annual income of 250,000 Pesos will not pay any taxes to BIR, however, you still have to file your quarterly tax, withholding tax and whatever tax listed in your Certificate Of Registration.
Fines for non-filing tax
All tax not filed to the BIR database (online) will be fined. Failure to file your monthly Withholding Tax will cost you 1,000 pesos/month. And all other tax listed on your COR has corresponding charges, fines if failure to online submits your income.