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Creating A Basic Freelance Contract

As a freelancer, a contract is the most important document to align with the client on an assignment and to protect yourself financially. You should not start any project until you receive a signed contract from your client. This video will take you...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Touchy feely: when you're a freelance, it's all about THEM

If you’re a freelancer who’s got a steady stream of work coming your way - either from the same loyal clients who know you and trust you, or from referrals from said loyal clients, or you’re very good at selling yourself and you...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Spotlight - Mike Watkins - Freelance Graphic Designer

- View Mike's Creativepool profile ‘Don't just hold out for the cool ad or design agencies - there are thousands of other companies out there that have marketing/design departments' Describe your work in one sentence. Creative pixel...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Permanent vs Freelance

Perm or freelance? You decide! This month's article will help you decide whether your next move in the industry is focused towards the permanent or freelance side. Jonathan Lindon, MD of Source, will explain the pros and cons of both, leaving it up...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Sign here. Introducing the new freelance/client contract.

by Magnus Shaw Freelancing - it's a tough old game, eh? You don't know if you're coming or going half the time. Working in your jim-jams one day, sipping a latte in a la-di-da marketing agency the next. Occasionally you even miss "Cash In The...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How To Become A Creative Freelancer

Are you interested in becoming a freelancer in the creative field? Freelance work is not for everyone but if you're looking to make extra money on the side or take on running your own business full time, hopefully this will get you started with what...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Features

Jack of All Trades: Why the classic agency model needs fixing

The traditional agency model used to work. An agency builds a team of trained and dedicated full-time 'creatives.' A client brief lands, a team of in-house talent is assembled, and tasks are assigned. The work is delivered and the time billed - all...

Posted by: Bomper Studio
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Trends

How to create the perfect creative space

Whether you’re freelance or full-time, creating the perfect creative space can bring previously unfathomable rewards. Despite this, many people don’t put much thought into their work environment, and - without realising it - they might...

Posted by: Cogs Agency
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Advice

From Freelancer to Business Owner: How do you get there?

We’ve advised and helped many candidates make the switch from a permanent position to freelance when the right thing has come along and vice versa. We’ve previously shared some first hand advice for both, the switch from freelance to...

Posted by: ADLIB
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Advice

How to find work as a freelancer

One of the most important things you’ll ever learn as a freelancer is that you’re never unemployed, you’re self-employed. You provide a service which means you’re a business and you work for that business. Like any business, you won’t get...

Posted by: Boox
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Features

Freelancing in the Creative World

More and more young professionals are going freelance with numbers of graduates increasing and job security after university looking less and less likely. Many new graduates cite control and flexibility as reasons for choosing a path in freelancing...

Posted by: Boox
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Inspiration

Focal Point: How to keep busy with Andy Cooke

Andy Cooke has one hectic schedule – not only has he worked with clients as far ranging as Google, Ace Hotel and Ikea, but he also runs a streetwear shop, is an artist’s agent and (probably most importantly) is about to open a pizza place. With...

Posted by: Jade French
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Features

It's over. Is it ever okay to fire a client?

Firing a client is an unusual notion - counterintuitive even. Business norms suggest an enterprise will always welcome the presence of as many paying customers as possible. So why would anyone ever sack a client? Actually, although it would be a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

A guide to handling unpaid invoices and refusenik clients.

Creativepoolers in the fortunate position of holding down a fulltime staff job will be familiar with the warm glow of the monthly payslip. Sure, you'd probably like the net total to be larger, but at least your earnings show up on a predictable...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Are creative people undervalued?

by John Fountain. Welcome to 2013 and to the same old furies. Have you seen the survey on industry salaries published last week in Creative Review? What gets my goat is the findings. Particularly with the question "Are you earning the right...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

David Ryan Robinson

Twitter: @DRyanR Blog: davidryanrobinson.blogspot.com Website: www.davidryanrobinson.com "I am a uk based illustrator and graphic designer who has been working freelance in the UK for a couple of years. I attended the University of Salford, where I...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Natalie Nicklin

- View Natalie's Creativepool profile here Twitter: @natnicklin Facebook: facebook.com/NatNicklinArt Website: www.natnicklin.co.uk "Natalie Nicklin utilizes a wide range of processes within her work; from found images and photography to modern...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Jason Nye - Graphic Designer

- View Jason's Creativepool profile. ‘I'm a young freelance designer with a penchant for vector illustration.' How long have you been a Freelancer for? 4 Years. I started freelancing whilst studying for my undergraduate degree in graphic...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Dave Legion - Creative

- View Dave's Creativepool profile. ‘I am an award-winning music video director and Animator. Before moving into freelance, I had setup and ran 2 creative business, and a record label. I design like an it's a disease and I hate, HATE...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Gary Carr - Front-End Web Developer

- View Gary's Creativepool profile ‘Always make a plan, starting with a pencil and paper no matter what you're working on you need a starting point' Describe your work in one sentence. A freelance front end developer with a passion for new...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Chris Hannah - Art Director

- View Chris's Creativepool profile ‘Network, but don't be pushy. You're more likely to find work through people you know' How long have you been a Freelancer for? Around three years. Describe your work in one sentence. Freelance Art...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Justin Dowling - CGI Artist

- View Justin's Creativepool profile. ‘I am self employed CGI artist based in Stokes Croft, Bristol, originally from London. I have over a decade experience in digital media, focusing mainly on 3D modelling, lighting & animation - I have...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Written by Toby Thwaites, Director, Purple Consultancy - Specialists in creative recruitment Toby Thwaites and Paul Wood founded Purple in June 2000. Purple provides recruitment consultancy to advertising, design, integrated marketing, publishing,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Keep your creative skills up to date

Written by Nathan Mayatt, Workstation - Specialist creative and digital recruiters since 1989. Keeping ahead of the game by making sure your skills are up-to-date is essential to protect yourself over the next couple of years. The market has become...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... make yourself Recession Proof

Source This month’s CP Career comes from Source - a specialist recruitment business, dedicated to the digital, integrated and traditional creative communications industry. They work to support the needs of advertising, marketing and design...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

The Power of Convergence

This month’s article looks at the positive steps you can take to make sure you stay secure in your current role. Jonathan Lindon, Director of Source, gives us the lowdown on how to impress your boss and keep your job. Mobile, digital,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Vince Fraser - Designer and Art Director

--- "Be one step of everyone else: constantly reinvent yourself." Creativepool pulls up a comfy chair with Vince Fraser, Designer and Art Director for brandcentral, to discuss excellence, identity and wall-crawling super powers. Describe your work...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Who cares what you think, Mr. Freelancer?

by Ashley Morrison There are a great many perks to being a freelancer (if you’re regularly employed, obviously). A lot of variety, regular change of scene if you work on site for multiple clients, working days to suit your personal schedule,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Why do creative agencies all talk the same?

by John Fountain I'll wager that if you visit any creative agency's website and go to the "About" page you'll find that, though the pictures and design might be poles apart, the words themselves will all be pretty much the same. Which is weird when...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - What if a creative doesn't feel creative?

by Ashley Morrison I've been working very hard every single day for the past couple of weeks. Till silly o'clock. Being freelance, when the work comes along, I don't really feel able to say no. After all, in the current economic climate, to trot out...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Fancy a fight? Join LinkedIn

by Ashley Morrison But not just any sort of fight. LinkedIn doesn't provide a sort of Brad Pitt / Edward Norton-inspired forum or portal where the first rule about Online Fight Club is that you don't talk about Online Fight Club. (Sorry if you...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - What's your day rate?

by John Fountain Ever wondered if you're being paid the market rate for all the long hours you work? Well if you are working every hour God sends then maybe it's time you put your prices up. Today I'm going to have a look at typical day rates for...

Posted by: Creativepool

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