Imagine reaching a point in your career where you can say “no” to projects you’re not interested in. That is one of the many advantages that come with being a freelancer. You get to use your creativity, you can be your own boss, and you get to do something you love. If you are a freelance artist, you can gain creative control of your work.

In fact, freelancing jobs in creative industries have been on the rise in the last decade. But unfortunately the “starving artist” stereotype still hasn’t gone anywhere. Working with clients can be difficult, and many freelancers take on low-paid projects just because they need the money.

It’s not that freelancing jobs always pay poorly, it’s more that other expenses can strip our cash balances. Work expenses like supplies and software, business expenses like travel, and of course living expenses. Being able to keep track of those purchases—and weighing them against your income—can save you a lot of headache in the long run.

Many art schools provide at least a few business or personal finance courses, but few require them. Many students choose not to take them, because at that stage in our lives, we’re focused on building our craft and voice.

As we rightly should be!

But these business skills are important to know. In fact, even simple budgeting can get you ahead of the game. Imagine how nice it would be not have to decide between paying rent or buying supplies for your next big project. These programs and courses are designed to bridge the gap between what you can and can’t learn at school.

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