5 essentials for getting started as a freelancer

Whether you're a studio-based creative director, web designer or illustrator, if you've made the decision to go freelance, you're probably feeling excited, daunted and more than a little bit terrified. Whether you're working from home or going to rent a space, there's a lot to consider: clients, tax, the things nobody tells you – to ensure you're successful as a freelancer.

Feeling nervous is totally normal, confirms designer and illustrator MJ Jackson, who freelances under the name I Am Cheapskate. "Leaving the security of a permanent job inevitably conjures self-doubt and a fear that there won't always be work," he says.

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