Why You Must Register as a Freelancer

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If you are reading this article, there is a high probability that you have a side hustle. In fact, according to the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, 1.5 million Filipinos work as freelancers. But the numbers could be much more. In a study by the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Philippines ranks third in online freelancing, next to the United States and India.

So, what does it mean to be a freelancer? It’s not just about moonlighting or taking on gigs on the side. You don’t want to keep it at that. Freelancing is a way of life with several legal obligations and responsibilities you might have overlooked.

Why register as a freelancer? Here are three good reasons to register with tax and local authorities. Let us go through the benefits.

You legitimize your business

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You will want to register as a self-employed taxpayer with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) if you’re going to professionalize and scale up. This registration is a big step toward your legitimacy as a freelancer. With this, you can open a bank account, receive business credit, and do business with large organizations and government institutions.

You build a solid reputation

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As a freelancer, your reputation is essential to securing work. Registering with the BIR is one of the best ways to build credibility. Doing so lets you establish yourself as a reliable and trustworthy freelancer ready to take on new projects. It also shows potential clients that you are committed to providing quality service.

You gain access to more prominent clients

There are several benefits to registering, but the most obvious is that it is easier to be hired by big companies. Registering as a freelancer makes you eligible for bidding and other job postings. You’ll also be able to take on more complex projects, which can translate into greater earnings.


If you have been thinking about freelancing full-time but have been apprehensive about taking the plunge, don’t worry. It’s easy to manage your taxes, your reputation, and your ability to get financing when you register as a freelancer. With that, you can focus on the fun part: earning money on your terms with work you enjoy.

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About the author

Carla Tensuan is a freelance writer, editor, and communications specialist. She specializes in crafting creative copy, blog content, and press releases. She enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books, and practicing yoga in her free time. She lives with her husband in Manila, Philippines.