On the 8th of June, a highly valuable training session on freelance and tax compliance was organized for the TechMates currently under the TechMates program and other beneficiaries involved in the freelancing world. This training aimed to equip the participants, who are predominantly freelancers for Ngong Road and other external clients like Lidonation, Upwork, and other freelancing platforms, with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their work portfolio and ensure tax compliance. The session was carried out by Lydia Ontiri, a tax expert from Be The Leader, and covered topics essential for successful freelancing in the modern market.
One of the primary objectives of the training was to guide the TechMates and freelancers on how to manage and attract more clients, thereby strengthening their work portfolios. Lydia shared insights, strategies, and best practices to effectively market their skills. This included tips on networking, online platforms, and showcasing their previous work. By focusing on these aspects, the TechMates gained valuable knowledge on how to differentiate themselves in a competitive freelance landscape.
In order to understand the importance of clear and well-defined contracts in freelance work, the training included contract creation. They were provided with valuable guidance on how to draft contracts that protect both parties’ interests and establish expectations regarding project deliverables, timelines, payment terms, and intellectual property rights.
To ensure they practice their civic duty, the training also included comprehensive guidance on tax compliance and filing returns. Lydia walked the TechMates through the process of filing returns through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) portal, providing a step-by-step demonstration. This training segment aimed to demystify the tax filing process and equip participants with the knowledge necessary to navigate their tax obligations confidently.
This training played a crucial role in empowering the TechMates to comfortably navigate through the freelance world.