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Freelancer Skills on Steroids

Freelancing doesn’t necessarily get easier as you gain experience: you just have a different set of challenges to face.

The latest issue of Computer Arts, 249 – on sale now – will help you take your practice to the next level, whether you’re taking your first steps into the unknown, planning to build on your existing success or striving for full-scale world domination.

To help you take care of your tax affairs, you’ll find a handy freelancer’s guide to tax, covering everything from how to stay on top of tax to what you can claim back to reduce your annual bill (you might be surprised), and more.

Also inside the retro-games-themed issue, Computer Arts’ regular video insight feature focuses on the trials and tribulations of freelance life.

Agent Tim Higgs at MPArts and four illustrators he represents – Michael Driver, Fernando Volken Togni, Jamie Jones and Josh McKenna – explain how to make it as a freelance illustrator.

 Computer Arts 249Top tips for making it as a freelancer in CA issue 249

Following the news that Black Pencil-winning motion graphics wizard ManvsMachine – fourth-placed in CA’s UK Studio Rankings 2015 – was recently acquired by global branding behemoth Landor, this issue’s special report asks if this trend is symptomatic of a much more significant role for motion design in branding.

 Computer Arts 249See the month’s best design work from around the world in showcase Don’t let geography hold you back – follow the opportunities wherever they are, says in-demand Lithuanian freelancer Evaldus CesnaviciusHow Form co-founder Paula Benson achieved the ideal work/life balanceBehind the scenes on a new brand identity for a restaurant in the Canadian Rockies, a life-sized papercraft car for Nissan and an astonishing showcase of BMX talentIllustrator Ben Tallon speaks out for freelancers’ right to tax reliefDon’t let commercial work drain your soul, says Paul BlackburnNina Geometrieva, chief creative officer of Paktor, shares the hidden delights of SingaporeThe world’s best new graphic design, illustration and motion graphics workMuch, much more

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Power up your freelance careerWhy motion is more important in branding than ever beforeSee the world’s best new design work in the showcase sectionMeet Lithuanian freelancer Evaldus Cesnavicius

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