As a freelancer, your work is your livelihood.
It’s your product, service and brand, all rolled into one.
And without a big business to hide behind, it’s just you and your creations on display for all the world to see.
This is both the burden and the blessing of being self-employed.
Managing and protecting your work, then, is critical to your progress, especially when it comes to ownership and copyrights.
If you’re not controlling ownership of your work, you could be missing out on big clients, big paychecks and big opportunities.
Unfortunately, many freelancers and creatives are unnecessarily–and sometimes unknowingly–stifling their careers simply because they don’t understand copyright and intellectual property (IP) laws.
Grasping the rules of ownership could make or break your freelance salary. So if you’re serious about your career, you need to recognize where you’re throwing money away, and then work to fix it!
I’ve identified the 3 most common copyright & IP errors, in no particular order, that lead to suppressed freelance careers and salaries.
1) Accepting Royalty Payments
First of all, you should never accept royalties as payment. I know, it sounds tempting, especially for those of you still trying to make your first mark.
But hear me now; royalties are a rip-off. You should never make your income dependent on what the client does with the work after-the-fact. Continue reading