Download the complete Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide

14 September 2021


The Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide is a practical resource for the increasing number of artists, makers, writers and other creatives working freelance in Scotland today.

It was created to fill an information gap for creative freelancers to understand their rights and best practices in avoiding and addressing difficult situations:

The nature of freelancing – often remote, often isolated, with no HR department or workplace union to help you – can make you feel that when things go wrong, it’s simply tough luck. It’s difficult to advocate for yourself and discouraging to sift through pages of government information to try and find out what your rights really are. Even for those of us who’ve been freelancing for a long time, the barriers can feel huge.

An easy to reference guide, written by Heather Parry and illustrated by Maria Stoian, it uses a highly visual combination of comics and text to highlight key issues, model scenarios and educate creative workers about how to protect themselves with regards to payment, copyright and creative work in general.

The Guide will support new and established freelancers alike and covers challenging topics like how to protect your work and your business and what to do when things go wrong.

Here’s what’s inside:

To launch the Guide, Creative Scotland are hosting an event on 6 October 2021 from 10am – 12pm with Heather and Maria, who will talk through the guide and take questions from readers.

Book your place now


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The Scottish Music Industry Association receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.