Contracts for Freelancing Careers

freelance contractsFreelancers often do not sign contracts. If you think about it, it is kind of convenient to enter a business venture with no strings attached.

But nowadays, it is impractical not to have contracts.  It may not be used much but it may come in handy if you want to run your business right.

It just might be your solution for your technical and legal problems as well.

Freelance Contract Basics

There are a few essential elements that comprise a basic freelancing contract.

Here they are:

  • Document Title – This is important to show that the contract is made for a freelancing job. Some titles commonly used are “Work for Hire Contract” or “Contractual Agreement”.
  • Names – You need to indicate who the contracting parties are.
  • Agreement Date – This is the date when the contract has been made official. It may also be the date when your services should start.
  • Description of the Service to be rendered – This is the body of your contract. This should include the type of services needed, the duration of the agreement and the resolutions to be made if there are any violations to the contract. The more specific the descriptions, the more stand you will have in case any problems come up.
  • Payment Terms – The payment terms include how you will get paid and when. Make sure that this is clear to you. You should also look at the possible resolutions if the payment terms have not been met.
  • Signatures – Finally, you should affix your signature after you have read the contact thoroughly. This will mark your agreement of the terms and conditions of the contract.

There are other elements that you should look for in a freelancing contract depending on the kind of services you will render. But whatever the contract is, you should always make sure that the contract is clear to you.

Ask your client if you have problems regarding the contract. And when everything seems to be a-ok, that is when you sign the contract.

  • Very useful stuff – I think this will really help me not to be swindled by a bad freelancer…

  • I think that many freelancers tend to ignore contracts. I really don’t know why. It protects both ends. It ensures you will get paid for your work, and that the client will get their work.

    Contracts are truly beneficial for both parties involved.

  • Contracts are really important. And it should be properly done. In my 8 years of freelancing, this one should be given utmost attention.

  • I’d like to see a list of tips on how to work with freelancers. I think it’s very important to learn about.

  • ya you are right Freelancers often do not sign contracts and many of them ignore contracts. but it is important. and these are some few essential elements. thanks for the information.

  • It’s indeed important to have a contract before beginning a project – especially large ones. But it’s also important to note that it can be very tricky when you’re dealing with an offshore client. Sure the client signed the agreement, but what will you do if he/she doesn’t fulfill his part of the deal? I think that should be indicated too. Of course, there are other legal things to deal with since your local laws may not apply to your client.