We was invited today to a speech by the chancellor George Osborne at the London Cruise Terminal Tilbury.
Under tight security (we had to show our passport to get in) we were ushered in to the hall. Mr Osborne gave a speech about taxes and business, while I was sitting there listening I got to thinking about us painters, we are all amazing at our jobs, we know health and safety like the back of our hands, are great at making people happy, but do we know about TAX?
Mr Osborne told us that as from Sunday our tax allowance will rise to £10,500, so if you are self employed (which most of us are) this means that if you income is under £10,000 after your expenses you will not pay any TAX - GREAT NEWS, this will also be increased to £10,500 in 2015.
As face painters we have huge expenses, so make sure you keep all invoice and receipts to off set these against your tax.
These can include (but are not limited to)
Face and Body Paints
Temporary Tattoo supplies
Equipment - including tables, chairs, gazebo, A frame boards, table clothes, towels
Training / workshops - including travel to get there.
Uniform - including one pair of shoes
Advertising, business cards, business stationary, website expenses, paper, pens, postage.
Photo developing - if you print pictures out for your board or books, or for any other promo
Cleaning materials, including washing powder/liquid that you wash your uniform in, sponges, brushes, etc
Phone calls you make for business use, or a %of your monthly phone bill.
Travel to and from jobs, including car parking fees
Travel to buy supplies including car parking fees
Pitch Fees of any type even if you were paying for a table or pitch at a school fair
In short any thing that you buy for your business you can claim as a business expense.
Getting your tax and national insurance can be a tricky task, especially if you are new to being self employed, if you are in any doubt call HMRC on 0300 200 3300
Below are some very useful links to the HMRC
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/working/intro/selfemployed.htm - HMRC TAX
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/working/intro/class2.htm - HMRC NATIONAL INSURANCE
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/startingup/working-yourself.pdf - BUSINESS GUIDE
Telephone number for HMRC SELF EMPLOYED - 0300 200 3300
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What a great day we had at Germany's Makeup Artist Design show.
We had to get up extra early to catch our flight to Düsseldorf, after a swift 50 minute flight we was in Germany.
As we were heading to the Messe, we was amazed at the size of the venue.
There were many brands at the trade show including Mehron, Ben Nye, Kryolan, Charles Fox, Face Stockholm, and La Dot.
It was great to meet up with many of our friends as well as check out some new products.
We also watched an amazing demo by Stan Edmonds for Ben Nye on Paint and Prosthetics.
We also bumped into Mr Mark Reid, which was a lovely surprise.
All in all a great day, well worth a trip next year for anyone in the face and body painting industry.
So Friday 14th March 2014 see us attend the Thurrock Business Awards black tie event at the Civic hall.
Our journey in these awards started back in December when we sent off our questions, on February 5th 2014 we received an email informing us that we were indeed finalists in both the New Company category and also Young Entrepreneur of the year award.
We were visited by Andrew and Jackie, who were the sponsors and judges of the New Company award, being in business for over 9 years and running a very successful child day care business Play To Learn, they come to the shop to have a look around and find out what we actually did, they were very surprised when they come in to find that we were much more than "just face painting" . They were fascinated by how large our industry is and the art that face and body painters produce.
Our second visit was from Brett one of the directors from L G Networks who were the sponsor of the award Young Entrepreneur Of The Year. Brett was suprised when he stepped in the shop, and was amazed at the array of products that we stock.
A week later I was asked to attend an interview at the LG Networks offices to meet both of the directors - Stuart and Brett, Anne from the business awards was also there. I was asked many questions about the business which I was glad about, unless you are in the world of face and body painting its very hard to understand what we do, so this was my chance to explain every thing, although I was very nervous and as I was driving home I had many of those "I wish I had said that" moments.
So the award night came, we got dresses up in our best outfits and made our way to the Civic Hall, greeted by super friendly hosts, we were given champagne, and directed to our tables. We soon made great friends with the rest of the party on our table, who were also up for awards. Our 3 course dinner was served, and the wine flowed, every last detail had been thought of even hand clappers.
At 9pm the awards started we were in the first category up, and we was the first award to be announce by Andrew and Jackie, we won!!! we had to go on stage to collect our award and have our picture taken with the judges and sponsors. To win the best new company was amazing, we was in total shock - and of course the first thing I had to do was call my mum!
We was enjoying watching every else winning there awards that the second category came round so quick, Brett and Stuart took to the stage and announced that I had won The Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award, still clutching our first award I took to the stage for the second time, I was in total shock! Happy, Proud, amazed, and shocked - so many emotions.
I have worked extremely hard to build the business from nothing and for my hard work to be recognized, by fellow business men and women was the cherry on the cake for me.
My thanks go to Andrew and Jackie, and to Brett and Stuart for taking the time to come and meet me, and visit the shop, and for "getting what we do", it was an absolute honor to have met you all.
My advice to anyone in our industry that has these awards in your area / county/ country - ENTER THEM NOW, face and body artist are amazing, and we should all be recognized for the outstanding work we do.
Play to Learn Day Nursery
L G Networks
We are proud to announce that the winner of our Paintopia Facebook giveaway is - Sam Mckay
Sam please email us - email@example.com with your address so we can send your tickets to you.
Paintopia is a face and body painting festival based in Nolfolk, the theme of Vintage Britain (pre 1950) for the 2014 Festival. The weekend will be bursting with Competitions, Demonstrations, Workshops, Trade Stands and Parties from May 9th - 11th 2014.
You can find more information about the festival on the website : http://www.paintopia.co.uk/home.jsp
Ksenia Hermal Fab Faces MUA Liverpool
Kate Kelly Charlotte Gardner
Belén Canosa Ló Pez Julie Husband
Jodie Burge Sandra Grajales
Thirza Hannah Stefania Bertaggia
Taco Elbers Caressa van der Lusdonk
Karen Hemmingsen Donna Godfrey
Saskia Donkers Linda Gibbons
We are all stars......
'We are all stars!' Stars are fantastic symbols to incorporate in boys and girl designs, yet we don't use them so often. So the theme of this competition is stars!
We are super excited to announce our judge is the amazing Roxa Rosa
Email us your star designs to - firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date - 3rd April 8pm UK time
Worldwide entries welcome
Paint & Glitter only - NO prosthetics
Designs to be painted on the face only
Stencils may be used
1 entry per artist
Judges decision is final
We are super excited and proud to tell you all we have just been awarded a bronze website award by www.mumpreneuruk.com
This is an amazing organization that supports small business all over the UK, there website is a fantastic resource for any business owner.
Have a great weekend everyone! - This has certainly made our day!
How clean is your face painting kit?
Here are some top tips on keeping a clean and hygienic kit
*As professional face painters our main priority is the health and safety of our customers, we do not want to cause any reactions, or contaminate our kits.
*Clean fresh water is a must – always ensure that you are using clean water, always make sure that you get the water yourself, you may hand your water tubs to someone that does not have the same level of hygiene as you do. Having two pots of water on the go will always help too. The Rinse Well is also a great tool to use as this acts like a mini sink, giving you fresh water all the time. Carry spear clean fresh water with you just in case so you are never caught out.
*Clean brushes! Your brushes are your tools, make sure they are as clean as they possibly be, do you use brush soap? Do you use alcohol to clean your brushes after every booking?
*Sponges – How do you clean yours? We recommend putting them through the washing machine, this will give them a really good clean, leave them to air dry.
*Always make sure you clean your paint containers, sloppy old crusty paint around the edges of your pots not only look unsightly, but are not hygienic at all.
*Do not use old paint – dried up old paint is not good! Never use paint that has been sitting around in your kit from last summer’s festivals, not only will you not get the best results, it’s not going to be hygienic.
Never leave your paints in the car in hot weather, the heat will cause them to become gloopy and very soft.
Removal of face paint – Always recommend to your customers that the paint you apply is removed with just WATER, this way you cannot be liable for any reactions when removing the product, remember that the paint you use is water based – applied with water – removed with water.
What are your top tips for keeping your kit clean?
Check out the new book and what we think will be the face painting buzz of the year.....
This step by step book is one of a kind, with easy to follow pictures we are sure to all be painting Quirgles as much as our regular tigers and butterflys.
Here come the Quirgles!
A completely unique book of step-by-step designs is about to take the face painting world by storm. The Quirgles has been dreamt up and painted by the incredibly talented Jody Rife and brought to life by the team behind Illusion magazine.
Beautifully photographed over 52 full-colour pages, the book immerses you into the magical world of the Quirgles – a group of cute and quirky creatures. There are 50 fabulous face painting designs, including 21 detailed step-by-steps. Jody’s technique pages show exactly how to recreate each Quirgle’s comical expression or crazy hair style.
But The Quirgles is so much more than a step-by-step guide. Entertaining details of each Quirgle describe how the different personalities fit into the funny world of Quirgle Island. The landscape layout of the book adds to the sense that this is as much a book to look at and enjoy as well as a guide to learn from.
Illusion’s Julie Oliver says: “Sometimes in life a gift can fall in your lap when you are least expecting it. And that’s exactly what happened when we saw Jody’s amazing designs. We knew we had to make a book full of her characters. In fact we’re so convinced that artists and children will love them as much as we do, we’ve created a Quirgles website too.” www.quirgles.com
This is Jody’s first book since she started her face and body painting business in 2011. Based in Gallia County, Ohio, Jody has already started to win awards for her talent, most recently gaining first place in the European Body Art competition.