Fight for your rights

Being clued up on the legal issues affecting a freelancer is as important as all the ideas, technical skills and creativity needed to be successful. Knowledge of a few key legal principles will make sure you get the most from your creativity and avoid being exploited.

Most of the problems faced by freelancers can be solved by having your own contract and knowing what to watch out for in clients' contracts, which often don't take the creator's interests into consideration. It can be tough to negotiate your terms with clients, especially when you desperately need the work and are competing with many other designers, some of whom don't seem to care what terms they work under. However, it's possible to protect your interests: you just need to know what your rights are, and how to look after them.

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