A step by step guide Creating a Freelance Contract 1 2 3
Why contracts are important <ul><li>Puts expectations in writing for future reference </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure expecta...
Step One: Service Terms <ul><li>Use clear to-the-point headline so everyone knows what it is </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Service t...
Step Two: Your Details <ul><li>Use your full name </li></ul><ul><li>Your title </li></ul><ul><li>Your contact details </li...
Step Three: Date and Job Number <ul><li>Enter the date that you are writing this contract (not date when work finishes) </...
Step Four: Clients Details <ul><li>Enter your clients name and details just like yours </li></ul><ul><li>Full contact deta...
Step Five: Job Description <ul><li>Be as specific as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Type of work </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframes ...
Step Six: Project Outline <ul><li>Write down the exact details of the work you’ll be billing for </li></ul><ul><li>Write d...
Step Seven: Payment terms and policies <ul><li>Charing by the hour or a flat rate? </li></ul><ul><li>When will the work be...
Step Eight: Prepare for Signing <ul><li>Leave two lines </li></ul><ul><li>One for your sig </li></ul><ul><li>One for clien...
Step Nine: Sign it <ul><li>Sign the contract first </li></ul><ul><li>(You can use a graphic of a signature to do this) </l...
Step Ten: Completed Contract <ul><li>Client signs contract </li></ul><ul><li>Client faxes it back </li></ul><ul><li>You ge...
Useful Resources <ul><li>http://www.yourteenbusiness.com/how-to-find-freelance-work.html </li></ul><ul><li>Download the dr...
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  1. 1. A step by step guide Creating a Freelance Contract 1 2 3
  2. 2. Why contracts are important <ul><li>Puts expectations in writing for future reference </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure expectations are crystal clear </li></ul><ul><li>Makes sure expectations are </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step One: Service Terms <ul><li>Use clear to-the-point headline so everyone knows what it is </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Service terms’ or ‘Contract’ </li></ul>Service Terms
  4. 4. Step Two: Your Details <ul><li>Use your full name </li></ul><ul><li>Your title </li></ul><ul><li>Your contact details </li></ul><ul><li>Definitely email </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone/fax/address recommended </li></ul>Service Terms John Smith, Freelance Artist 123 Doughball Road Tel: 12345 678912
  5. 5. Step Three: Date and Job Number <ul><li>Enter the date that you are writing this contract (not date when work finishes) </li></ul><ul><li>Include a ‘job number’ for reference </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure it isn’t a round number (1, 100, 500) so you appear more professional </li></ul>Service Terms John Smith, Freelance Artist 123 Doughball Road Tel: 12345 678912 12 th August 2010 Job #47
  6. 6. Step Four: Clients Details <ul><li>Enter your clients name and details just like yours </li></ul><ul><li>Full contact details </li></ul>Service Terms John Smith, Freelance Artist 123 Doughball Road Tel: 12345 678912 12 th August 2010 Job #47 The Muffin Man 1 Drury Lane CA Tel: 78912 345678
  7. 7. Step Five: Job Description <ul><li>Be as specific as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Type of work </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframes </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Include as much necessary detail as possible </li></ul>Job Description:__writing 4-page sales letter for new super-sugary muffins___
  8. 8. Step Six: Project Outline <ul><li>Write down the exact details of the work you’ll be billing for </li></ul><ul><li>Write down each aspect of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Write down when the job starts </li></ul><ul><li>… and when it finishes! </li></ul>Job Description:__writing 4-page sales letter for new super-sugary muffins___ £100 £20/hour 5x hours Writing sales letter Total Price Quantity Description
  9. 9. Step Seven: Payment terms and policies <ul><li>Charing by the hour or a flat rate? </li></ul><ul><li>When will the work be done? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you do revisions and edits for free? </li></ul><ul><li>How and when do you want to be paid? </li></ul>Job Description:__writing 4-page sales letter for new super-sugary muffins___ Fixed hourly rate £20/hour Completed by 1 st October Unlimited revisions until 31 st October Payment via cheque in post or PayPal £100 £20/hour 5x hours Writing sales letter Total Price Quantity Description
  10. 10. Step Eight: Prepare for Signing <ul><li>Leave two lines </li></ul><ul><li>One for your sig </li></ul><ul><li>One for clients signature </li></ul><ul><li>Include fax number/information about faxing (drop.io) for convenience </li></ul>Your signature _____________ Clients signature ___________ Fax number 12345 My drop.io account XXX
  11. 11. Step Nine: Sign it <ul><li>Sign the contract first </li></ul><ul><li>(You can use a graphic of a signature to do this) </li></ul><ul><li>Then email/fax it through to client </li></ul>Your signature _____________ Clients signature ___________ Fax number 12345 My drop.io account XXX John Smith
  12. 12. Step Ten: Completed Contract <ul><li>Client signs contract </li></ul><ul><li>Client faxes it back </li></ul><ul><li>You get to work! </li></ul>Your signature _____________ Clients signature ___________ Fax number 12345 My drop.io account XXX John Smith Muffin Man
  13. 13. Useful Resources <ul><li>http://www.yourteenbusiness.com/how-to-find-freelance-work.html </li></ul><ul><li>Download the draft as a .doc file ^^^^ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.free-legal-document.com/free-independent-contractor-agreement.html </li></ul><ul><li>http:// advertising.about.com/od/contracts/ss/createcontract.htm </li></ul>
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