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