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A freelance career in the creative arts
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6.2 Legalities to be aware of

Depending on the size of your business and whether you have any employees, there are other things you will need to know about. As you are nearing the end of this short course, it isn’t possible to go through them all in detail, but here are the basics. You will also be able to find more useful links related to this in the Further research section of this week.

  • Health and safety: a commitment to safeguarding your own health and safety and that of your customers.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): if you hold and work on data from clients, then you need to have a contract with the client stating how that data is to be held and managed.
  • Legal implications of Brexit: this is currently still in negotiation, but there may be things to consider depending on the nature of your business and location of your clients.

If you start to employ staff, there are a range of other considerations, including the Disability Discrimination Act and Working Time Directive. Information on where to find guidance can also be found in this week’s Further research section.