When you’re spending weeks or even months working on set for a film or TV shoot, it’s incredibly disheartening to simply break even. If you long for the day when you exclusively work on projects which guarantee a good return, looking at the profit breakdown of each project is the solution.
Understanding the profitability of each project you work on gives your business an instant leg-up, whether you’re a camera operator or a visual effects artist. It unlocks phenomenally valuable data which you can harness to your business’s advantage and use to guide the big decisions.
To make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from these breakdowns, there are a few steps you need to follow.
Digital accounting software is your business’s best friend.
Until recently, per-project profitability was a relatively new concept. Studios, small teams and freelancers had to wait until year-end to find out their profitability for the whole year, without clear breakdowns for each project.
Since the introduction of digital accounting software like Xero, it’s easy to see the profitability of each individual project you’re involved in. Setting your business up on these systems is a simple process, makes compliance less of a headache and lets you see exactly how much money you’re making at any given time.
Systems like Xero show the profitability of each moving part within a project.
If you brought on a freelancer or hired equipment for a specific project, digital accounting software will show you exactly how profitable it was to do so.
Xero has sophisticated profitability tools, enabling each project to be organised in a way that tracks time, logs expenses and shows you the breakdown of all components involved, from studio hire to bringing on an extra sound engineer.
Make the most of your profitability data by working with a financial expert.
Finding an accountant who can code each transaction or expense to individual projects or crew members will give you the most thorough profit breakdowns. You’ll have a crystal-clear picture of how much money you’ve made from each element of the project and can use this data to inform future staffing and equipment hire decisions.
An accountant can help you use your profitability information to determine which projects are the most financially viable to accept. You can even use the data to inform how much you charge, so you’re confident you’re always pricing correctly.
Find an accountant who really gets your business.
At Tailored, we work closely with freelancers, small teams and studios in the behind-the-scenes film and TV industry. While we’re experienced in coding detailed profit breakdowns in digital financial software, above all we understand the unique challenges and opportunities your business navigates in the industry.
We’re here to help you discover and harness your project profitability data to improve your business. To get started, book a friendly, 15-minute chat with us.