Business Resources for Freelance Creatives

We’ve compiled these resources for your convenience. These are not sponsored or affiliate links, unless it’s stated as such in the description.  This list is updated often, so check back often. If you have a resource that’s not listed, submit it to Freelance Road Trip for consideration.

Law & Legal

This is where you register your copyrights to your creative work. Also the source of information for all things copyright in the USA.
The US Patent and Trademark Office is where you register trademarks and do trademark searches.
Guidelines, education, resources, and assistance for small businesses and self-employed. USA
Get information about federal income taxes in the United States. Get your Employer Identification Number (EIN), pay quarterly taxes, file your annual return...
Amendment to the Labor Code in California which has harmed freelancers and independent contractors in the state. We at Freelance Road Trip consider this law to be harmful to your right to work as independent contractors.
H.R.2474 Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019. We at Freelance Road Trip consider this bill to be harmful to people's right to work as independent contractors.
Legal services for your creative business made affordable through a subscription-based model.
Proposed legislation to add small-claims option to US copyright law, making it easier to small creators to pursue infringement claims.
Los Angeles based IP attorney with a focus on creatives and the entertainment industry.

Business Support

Mentoring and education for small businesses and self-employed. Free.
Resources, guidance and advocacy for US businesses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

Professional Organizations

Professional association of imaging professionals, including photojournalists, architectural, underwater, food/culinary and advertising photographers as well as video/film makers and other specialists
Advocacy and support for freelance and employed creatives.
Advances the value and impact of design, both locally and globally, and working together to inspire, support and learn from each other, at every stage of our careers.
Advocacy organization representing the interests of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines.
Education, resources, and leadership advocacy focused on women business owners. Covers all industries. Guys are welcome, too.
The Society of Illustrators promotes the art of illustration through education and exhibitions. Publishes the juried Illustrators Annual.