Katie Lane at the Eye on Design Conference, 2017. Photo by Frank Aymami Photography.

What are your rights as a freelance creative? How can you better stand up for yourself when invoices aren’t getting paid? And when is it the right time to fire a difficult client? When these questions arise, I usually just hide under the bedcovers and hope the issues will go away on their own accord…

There’s a better way to go about these things. Enter Katie Lane of Work Made for Hire: the creative business advice coach for creative people, and a woman straight from the pages of a kick-ass comic about an attorney fighting design industry injustices. Lane specializes in helping freelancers and creative businesses handle their problems, whether that’s protecting designs, having great clients, or simply getting paid on time.

At the Eye on Design conference in Minneapolis last month, Lane shared all her top lawyer secrets with us, translating convoluted attorney-speak into easy tips for setting boundaries. Whether you have a question about how to copyright your work, the pros and cons of work for hire, or the intricacies of freelance contracts, Lane has got you covered with simple diagrams and explanatory flow charts. It’s time to come out from under the duvet.