It can be quite daunting to start out on your own, but there are a wealth of excellent resources online to assist and guide you. 

A guide to working with clients ︎︎︎

The Creative Independent

On understanding your value and nurturing relationships from the amazing—but sadly now defunct—HAWRAF Studio.

Essential advice on being commissioned, from an animator, a photographer and an illustrator ︎︎︎

Lecture in Progress

Useful tips and tricks that will help you kick off the client process in the right way.

EU Late Payment Fees ︎︎︎

European Union

Check the legal percentage you can charge as interest for late payments in each European country.

Finding your creative voice and style ︎︎︎


A great article to inspire everyone to work on self learning, while growing from each project and experience.

Freelance Rate Calculator ︎︎︎

Alexandria Neonakis

This tool will calculate how much you'll need to earn an hour and day to meet your living expenses and desired profits after. This calculator was recommended by Sarah at aequa.

How to get paid as a freelancer ︎︎︎

Lecture in Progress

Once the work is done, payments can be the next hurdle as a freelancer. How to ensure you can afford to eat at the end of each project.

How to get press for your creative work ︎︎︎

The Creative Independent

Article from one of the best platforms for design thoughts. This guide to PR is especially helpful.

Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services ︎︎︎


Covers all the basics of what you should include in any contract you write for design services.

What does it mean to unionize when you’re your own boss? ︎︎︎

AIGA Eye on Design

Looking at the history of design and unions and how freelancers can lead the way forward.

Where do you start as a freelancer? ︎︎︎

Lecture in Progress

14 creatives share some professional firsts. Including how much they were paid.