How To Create a Freelancing Contract

Among professionals, any agreement of some significance usually develops into a contract, a legal one at times. In it, the detailed work or concept is stated in a language understood by both parties. It contains the time allotted and what level of quality the project is expected to result in, and what allowances in time and money it may allow. It also includes other relevant data that may be considered in the activity or project.

There are some people, for some reason, who seem to fear drawing a contract of agreement. They feel that putting things in printed form might create some stress on the part of one or both parties and therefore could lead to misunderstanding. Ages ago, the degree of trust involving business transactions depended only on verbal agreements without benefit of any printed contract. But over the years this manner of transactions were faulty and abandoned, and contracts became the mode.

To begin with, it is advisable to make the title or heading of a freelancing contract clear. One can use the words “Conditions of Service”. You'll prepare this printed agreement terms to your client accompanied by a cover letter. However, the two documents may be filed separately so it is also better to include the complete contact information just after the heading. Make certain that it is an agreement between your company and your client, and of course stating your name and that of the other party.

Then, explain in logical sequence what you will do in clear chronological steps. Make it crystal clear exactly what you will execute worth his investment. Make sure you write down the time schedules in weeks or months or hours and when you expect to complete the project. To allay any fears that may arise, state what alternatives one can have should you fail to meet the date of completion.

One good advice to the wise is to take extra precaution whenever you discuss money. Money matters never fail to become sticky a subject. It must be remembered that one or the other party will fail to meet a specified date—either of completion or of payment. It is important to state what will happen in case the fees come late and perhaps a perk is to include a discount should payment be made earlier. Freelance writers should put  in the contract in effect that the writers are allowed to present the client's product as a sample. Consequently website designers should mention their responsibilities in the process of updating sites that they have created.

Perhaps, it is wise to provide a clause regarding the termination of the contract. It is good to make this provision so that either party can be aware that he can terminate the contract under certain conditions. The client is responsible for the payment of work already done when the point to terminate comes. Freelance contracts, after all is said and done, are among the better known types of arrangements concerning projects and still achieve the necessary professional arrangement in a free enterprise society and therefore establishe professionalism in the process.


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If you decide to be a freelancer, be comfortable with contracts and clarity is essential. Other things, not only money, can get sticky such as quality of product, ownership of product, communication with other parties involved, completion, interpretation of terms of reference or other aspects of the contract.

By Mary Norton