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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: Scheduling conflicts and availability enquiries

• 04/18/2016 8:30 AM
The great thing about freelancing is that you get to organise your own time. On the down side, you have to, you know, organise your own time. It’s a double-edged sword that comes in handy sometimes, but at others simply feels like one more chore to deal with. And if you’re constantly pestered by emails and phonecalls about your availability, it can really affect your work and productivity. More importantly, it’s super annoying. 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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