General Information and Resources
Strategy guides for maintaining a successful career
40 Great Resources
A roadmap for freelancing
Mashable: Tool for Freelancers
Web tools to keep you organized
Business Plans for Artists
Why you should have a business plan, and what goes in it
Tips and resources for freelancers
Intellectual Property Resources:
Make your work accessible to others using parameters you set, or find royalty-free work to use in your own projects.
How to Register a Trademark
Thorough walk-through of why and how you can register a trademark.
US Copyright Office
Guides to help you better understand copyrights; also links to fees and procedures for registering a copyright.
Arts Law for Everyone
Tips for artists and musicians
Pricing, Taxes and Invoicing
Tax Tips to Live By
Navigating taxes as a freelancer
Freelance Writing Rates
One early-career writer shares her rates for various freelance projects
Chicago Area Support:
Chicago Artists Resource
Seminars and online resources for artists
Self-Employment in the Arts Conference
Annual conference and networking opportunities
Grant Writing and Funding:
Resources for applying to government grants
Find and apply for government grants
Columbia's curated page featuring student and alumni projects
City of Chicago Cultural Grants
For artists and arts organizations
Donor's ForumGrant writing resources and directory of grantmakers
Blog from a Seattle design studio
The Middle Finger Project
Blog focused on freelance copywriting
Business Management and Accounting Software
Portfolio Center Recommended Service Providers:
Martin is a frequent Freelancing Tool Kit presenter, and he founded an accounting firm that understands creative freelancers. You don't have to figure out income taxes alone!
Great resource for liability and health insurance, funding support and tons of online resources.