So you’ve received an “unauthorised use of image” letter

Accusations of copyright infringement are incredibly common. We should know—copyright infringement is one of the most common claims we see freelancers contend with. Unauthorised use of image warnings are on the rise because of image theft protection websites, which help artists recover compensation if their work is illegally distributed. Read this if you’ve recently received a warning letter.

First freelance gig? Here are some things to consider

You’re new to freelancing and have just landed your first client. Congrats! Amongst the excitement of it all it’s important to get your ducks in a row. Here are some questions to ask yourself to ensure your project runs as smoothly as possible.

Will my insurance cover me if I work with US clients?

A common question we’re asked from UK freelancers is whether their professional indemnity insurance will cover them when working with US clients. If you’re engaging with clients in the US you’ll want to pay attention to your policy jurisdiction. Let’s look at what options are available to freelancers working with worldwide clients.

Printer’s mistake has cost thousands of pounds. Help!

What happens if a client’s flyers arrive late due to a printing error? Hopefully the problem can be solved by having a transparent conversation with an understanding client. However, in this story the mistake left the freelancer vulnerable to reprint costs and a financial fallout with the client—even though it wasn’t their fault.

How freelancers are handling late payments

Last month we asked freelancers to participate in our late or non payment survey. Today we share the findings from this survey. Is there anything you can learn from how other freelancers handle late or non payment?

Are your clients wrecking your mental health?

Ok, that headline might be a bit strong! But it’s possible that the way you manage (or don’t manage) your clients is having an impact on your mental health. Let’s count the ways this might be affecting you, and look at what you can do to stay healthy.

Protecting yourself if a client’s business goes under

This is the kind of topic where you might prefer to stick your head in the sand. But the reality is that business insolvencies are close to their highest level in the UK since 2009. And there are no guarantees it won’t be one of your clients that goes under next. So how can you protect yourself?

News: An update to direct debits

Beazley, the insurer we place your business with, has updated their direct debit process. Here’s everything you need to know.

Why it’s definitely time to raise your prices

When did you last put your prices up? If you haven’t done this in the last few weeks, keep reading, because I’m here to explain to you exactly why you need to raise your rates. No exceptions!

Avoid breakdowns with back-ups. How Cinemate manage their back-ups

It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in, if you’re a freelancer providing a service to clients you should invest time into perfecting your back-ups. Investing time and money into your workflow now can avoid expensive lessons later.

Why a recession is the WORST time to cut back on insurance

It might seem counterintuitive, but there’s a reason why a recession is the MOST sensible time to be sure your business is covered.

Busting the most common freelancer myth: “I don’t need insurance because I have a contract”

Something I see again and again on subreddits and other social media, is the mistaken belief that a signed contract with every client means you don’t need insurance. In the words of the Family Fortunes buzzer, “Bap baah”. (Wrong!)