I can't recommend this book enough. Posted this elsewhere recently, maybe people here can benefit from it as well. It's nearly essential for freelance artists, though salarymen will find useful info as well. Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines I think it's less than 30 bucks on Amazon, but it's worth way way more. The sample contracts alone are amazing, but they also delve into payment, legal issues, taxes, how much to charge, how to deal with change requests, etc., and generally how to communicate effectively with whomever is contracting/employing you. Definitely pick it up before starting your first job. And no, I'm not affiliated, no royalties for me.