Meet Wrapbook

The Best Alternative to Bill.com

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When a production wraps, everyone on set is wondering when they’re going to get paid. Meanwhile, everyone in the production office is wondering where they put the DP’s W4.

Enter: entertainment payroll services.

While Bill.com and Wrapbook can both help you pay your cast and crew digitally, there are a few major key differences that you should know before processing your payroll.

1. Made exclusively for film, television, and commercials

Whether you’re producing a low budget indie or juggling multiple productions at once, staying on top of entertainment payroll can be a gargantuan task – especially when it comes to hunting down forms.

Bill.com allows you to view your entire company’s invoices on one dashboard, so you can always find that PA’s invoice. However, since it’s not exclusively made for film, Bill.com doesn’t bucket your forms by production.

Wrapbook neatly groups your invoices and expenses by production. With the click of a button, you can pull view statistics on a specific production and reports to send off to your accountant.

Wrapbook provides new time sheets through the app as well, where you can set multiple pay rates per employee.

What is Bill.com?

A web app, Bill.com provides employers a digital dashboard where freelancers and employees can submit invoices that can be approved and paid out instantly.

While great for small businesses, Bill.com simply doesn’t offer the robust functionality and features that Wrapbook offers for video production payroll.

Wrapbook vs Bill.com

In addition to entertainment payroll, Wrapbook offers an all-in-one software suite that makes the process of running payroll efficient and compliant for production companies.

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2. Film payroll taxes

Your production company is based in Los Angeles, but you’re shooting in Georgia, and your actors are based in Texas and SAG-AFTRA. How exactly do the taxes on that work on that?

While Bill.com is a great way to quickly collect invoices and send out money, it doesn’t take into account the regulations your production has to follow to be compliant with the federal government, state authorities, and various guilds.

Wrapbook calculates employer taxes automatically, so you know exactly when and what to withhold when your film crew joins your production.

3. Onboard crew in a jiffy

Finding the perfect artist to work on your production is hard. Getting their paperwork in order shouldn’t be.

Wrapbook is made for entertainment payroll, so it automatically collects forms from your crew and actors when they join your production on the app. Easily track who hasn’t submitted their forms so you know who to email before the shoot starts.

Since so many very different businesses use Bill.com, it’s not calibrated to grab all the specific entertainment payroll forms you need upfront.

When talent and crew are onboarded, Wrapbook gathers their tax information upfront.

Preview your payroll instantly without ever involving an accountant.

Why I Switched to Wrapbook

"As a producer, my most valuable resource is time. Wrapbook saves our production company hundreds of hours a year that would have gone into back and forth our prior payroll company. Our newfound time doesn't just enable us to take on more projects, it saves us tons of money in the process."

Ben S.

Executive Producer

4. Easily set day rates and timecards

The bane of a producer’s existence is tracking down invoices and timesheets so they can close out the production.

Bill.com treats all invoices the same – leaving it up to you to sort out withholdings, day rates, and hours for each crew member.

Unlike Bill.com, Wrapbook has timesheets built in, making submitting hours for crew members easy for producers long after a project has wrapped.

With Wrapbook, inputting hours can be performed by both the employer or the cast and crew member in their account. The app does the heavy lifting, automatically calculating what’s owed based on the crew member’s predetermined rate you and tax information.

Easily track who hasn't submitted their forms so you know who to text passive aggressively.

Utilizing Wrapbook’s direct deposit feature, you can onboard and pay crew in the same hour, versus ABS Payroll Services’ lengthy set up time.

5. Union Ready

Working with unionized talent?

Wrapbook keeps up with every regulation, so you’re never behind. When you enter your crew members’ respective guilds, the app calculates wages and remitting their pension and health to them.

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6. Insurance + Payroll

In order to run a shoot, you typically need two things: production insurance to protect yourself from fault and a payroll company to keep yourself compliant with the law.

Besides making onboarding and cutting checks easy, using a payroll company is often required when working with unions like SAG.

While ABS Payroll Services can process your payroll, they currently do not offer insurance at this time.

Wrapbook provides both services under one roof. In addition to providing some of the affordable entertainment solutions on the market, Wrapbook can customize unique insurance packages to keep you complaint with any union for the lowest cost to you.

Drawing from the latest tax codes, Wrapbook calculates employer taxes automatically and provides worker’s comp insurance, which most insurance agencies do not.

These in tandem make Wrapbook one of the best film insurance agencies.

Take a Test Drive

Like so many things in entertainment, most decisions regarding payroll are made on recommendations from friends – people who have worked with vendors who cut checks on time and responded in a timely manner.

While you have to wait to get a quote from ABS Payroll Services, it’s absolutely free to demo Wrapbook which you can do instantly.

Set up a mock production, collect timesheets, onboard your team, and get everything just the way you like it. You take a new car for a spin before you buy it. Shouldn’t processing millions of dollars operate similarly?

Wrapbook only charges a fraction of a percent when you finally cut the checks or pay out via direct deposit. Plus, Wrapbook doesn’t require a payroll bond, so you can pay your crew without having to front your entire budget upfront.

Wrapbook is the best alternative to Bill.com

Because it understands the nuances of film and television production. Producing a film is a long and difficult process. Entertainment payroll shouldn’t be.

Why I Switched to Wrapbook

"Simply put: it's entertainment payroll as it should have been the whole time." 

Maxine M.

Production Coordinator