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The Freelance Contract: How to Write an Effective Statement of Work

The freelance contract is the foundation document of your freelance business. One of the toughest things about being a freelancer is protecting yourself from your clients. We’ve all had disputes with clients large and small. They can often be soul-sucking, he-said-she-said arguments that can lead to all sorts of issues — from financial to mental. Part of the challenge is that you are just an individual, while your clients can often be savvy business owners or large organizations who know how to develop contracts with freelancers to their advantage. The best way to protect yourself from disputes for independent...

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How A Landscape Photographer Is Transitioning to Full-Time Freelancing

Erik Sellgren is a landscape photographer currently based in London. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Erik has also resided in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Singapore, Seoul and New York. Erik seeks to capture authentic and intriguing moments in peoples’ daily lives, as well as stunning landscapes. His photos have been used in blogs, travel catalogues and promotional material. He has also photographed events, weddings, portraits and many other subjects. He has had photo exhibitions in New York, Shanghai and Stockholm. Tell us about your work as a landscape photographer and your clientele. I do not have certain clients I work with on a regular...

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Running a Freelance Business Takes Purpose – 3 Questions To Help You Find It

While social media may tell us the lie that running a freelance business is more about photos of yourself working in exotic locations than hard work, it is a lie. There is freedom to be found in running a freelance business, but also much hardship. There will be times that your finances aren’t working out as hoped. There will be times when you’ve got hard problems to solve and no idea where to start. There will be late nights that look like a waste of time the next morning. Running a freelance business is hard, and to succeed, you...

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Lonely No More: 4 Freelancer Networking Tips for Stay-At-Home Professionals

We grow up amongst a bevy of school friends (and not friends). There’s always a crowd around us, a cohort of classmates so to speak. Then some of us enter the world of work, the island of cubicles, the continent of open office space. Throughout our journey we are surrounded . . . and then we drop into the world of freelancing. At first we may relish the silence, or delight in the kitchen dancing to our choice of music without fear of judgement or ridicule — except for the cats. The cats are always judging, always sniggering. We...

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How This Freelance Illustrator’s Business Thrives On Great Client Relationships

Susan Szecsi is a freelance illustrator and designer living in California. A classically trained artist, Szecsi attended two prestigious private art schools in Europe and holds an MA in English Culture and Literature. Szecsi has been creating and selling art since her twenties and became a full-time freelancer illustrator and designer about 5 years ago. She has worked with Scholastic, Hunter House Publishers, Hodder Education Publishers and UCSF (University of California San Francisco) among many other notable businesses and institutions. Tell us about your design services and your clients. What’s your specialty or niche? I do a lot of...

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