When you’re a freelancer it’s always an exciting moment when you score a new client, whoo! But all too often the next feeling is dread because you need to draft a contract. Womp womp.
If you feel clueless about the ins and outs of contracts, you’re not alone. The good news is that contracts don’t need to include complicated legalese (in fact they’re much better without it) and in most cases you don’t need a lawyer. This guide gets you started by honing in on the most important clauses you should include, with sample language for you to use. From Scope of Work to Term and Termination, this guide will give you the important info and language you need to draft or revise a contract with confidence.
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For many creative freelancers, getting started in self-employment can be as simple as having a working laptop and one or more clients who want to hire you. Boom, you’re in business! While the low barriers to freelancing are definitely a plus, there are a few business-y things that are important to square away early on—and making sure your freelance contracts are solid should be at the top of your list.
Don’t worry. If you’ve been stressing about this point and angsting that you can’t afford a lawyer, you probably don’t need one right away. The sample clauses I provide in this kit are likely enough to get you started, but you’ll of course need to deal with your specific situation.
Note also that the other party may have its own contract that it wants to use. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure the important terms I discuss in this kit are covered. And if they insist on using their contract, you’ll also want to read all the terms carefully, and make sure you understand them before signing.