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Computer Arts issue 236 is a freelance special, packed full of essential information, tips and tricks – whether you're thinking about taking the plunge or are already an established freelance professional.

On sale now, CA 236 (opens in new tab) is a bumper issue packed with free, bonus content, including 45 minutes of exclusive video tips for boosting your freelance career and a free digital copy of Computer Arts' 116-page sell-out guide to going it alone, The Freelance Handbook (opens in new tab).

Inside Computer Arts issue 237

This month's special report places the spotlight on 10 essential areas of freelance life, with expert advice on everything from invoicing and taxes, to how much to charge, to classic pitfalls to spot and avoid, and more.

Also, discover how to land the most lucrative shifts as an in-house freelancer – and how to get more them once you're there – with issue 237's in-depth feature on carving your niche as a freelancer for hire.

Need to Know looks at money management for freelancers, revealing the essential tools for taking control of your cashflow.

And go behind the scenes at Arcola Northside - London's buzzing shared studio space, which is home to some of the UK's most exciting creatives including Mr Bingo, Owen Gildersleeve, Toby Triumph, James Dawe, Ciara Phelan, Sister Arrow, Nous Vous and many others. Plus...

  • Having founded and run one of the world's top digital agencies, Daljit Singh explains why the modern design scene is now better suited to dynamic individuals.
  • Ben Tallon talks mass marketing and the benefits of taking the time to communicate face-to-face
  • How developing packaging for a new range of luxury wines led Typejockeys to create a modular system that framed hand-drawn type, etched illustrations and plenty of visual puns
  • Anyone can design a logo: Withoomph founder Darren Hughes argues the benefits of simplifying the branding process for businesses on a shoestring.
  • Illustrator Scott Martin explains how he squeezed famous Canadian landmarks and high-octane activities into a jam-packed illustration to create an online 'Where's Wally?' for Red Bull Canada
  • Behind the scenes on Morihiro Harano's video for OK Go single I Won't Let You Down using drones, Honda UNI-CUB vehicles and meticulous choreography to achieve the largest single-take shot ever
  • All the hottest new design, illustration and motion graphics work from around the world...

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