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The Freelance Clinic: Should I maintain copyright of the work I produce for a client?

• 05/25/2016 9:00 AM
Copyright is something that's always kind of swimming around in the background for freelance creatives, but it can be a slippery blighter and difficult to pin down. One thing that often gives people pause when it comes to contracts for work is who should ultimately own the copyright over the finished article. The good news is that it's usually pretty straightforward to decide how to resolve the conundrum once you understand the basic principle of how copyright works. Read More
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The Freelance Clinic: How to find the next (or the first) job

• 03/28/2016 9:00 AM
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a freelancer in want of a client isn’t really much of a freelancer at all,” as Jane Austen (kind of) wrote. Freelancers, particularly those just starting out, quite often find themselves trapped in a perpetual stress cycle that looks something like this:So what are the tricks to keeping the flow of the job river steady? Well, let’s find out. Read More
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The Freelance Clinic: Should you work for free to build your portfolio?

• 03/16/2016 9:57 AM
This week’s problem is one that’s particularly pertinent for new-born freelancers, just starting out in the wonderful world of self-employment. That is, the challenge of establishing a portfolio of work and a healthy crop of fantastic testimonials. This, like a lot of start-up teething problems, is a real chicken-and-egg one: you need something to present to potential clients to show them why they should hire you… but you need commissions to build up that evidence in the first place. It’s the kind of thing that really makes you want to bang your head against a brick wall, screaming about the illogical injustices of life. Read More
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How to make international business less of an Odyssey and more of a breeze

• 01/27/2016 5:00 PM
We all love the internet - provider of amusing animal videos et al - and one of its biggest advantages is its ability to bring people together the world over. It is, in fact, a global marketplace in all senses: the place people go to share stories, information, meet up with pals, and (crucially) buy and sell.For SMEs and freelancers who either already operate internationally or are hoping to take their business across the pond (or anywhere else in the world), there’s not a whole lot standing in your way in this digital age. But it can still feel a bit daunting, and there are definitely stumbling blocks that make it a more complicated and time-consuming undertaking than being a simple home-grown, one-country operation. Read More
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