Enrolled freelancers are eligible to receive work and have the opportunity to be compensated for referring overflow work through Black Chip Collective. The freelancers remain independent contractors with no commitment to accept or refer jobs at any time. Likewise, enrolling in the collective does not guarantee a freelancer will receive any offer of work.
Black Chip’s producers assign work on a completely merit basis: offering available jobs to freelancers based on the compatibility of skills to requirements. A freelancer may be asked to work remote (from anywhere) or on-site (at a client’s offices or shooting location), pursuant to a client’s request.
Freelancers in the collective are also able to refer jobs to the collective: overflow work, jobs outside the freelancer’s skill set, additional crew needed, etc. The referring freelancer receives a percentage of the total invoice for the referred job(s). Beyond the financial benefit, a referring freelancer gets to be a hero to their client and, since both the client and outside freelancer are contractually obligated not to poach, be sure that the client will stay theirs.
Rather than the huge cut that staffing agencies take, often up to 50%, the collective works on a more freelancer friendly model. Black Chip takes a much more modest percentage of a client’s bill and provides project management services: taking care of your ‘non billables’, like initial consultations, negotiations, and contracts. Additionally, a small portion goes to whomever referred the work. The vast majority goes to the freelancer doing the job, as it should be.