Freelance contracts – a guide

Many of freelancers I talk to are excellent practitioners of their chosen craft. However, when it comes to understanding the obligations and responsibilities for the freelancer and client, there’s lots of confusion. That’s why it’s important to understand a little bit about contracts.

Contracts are an insurance policy. If everything between freelancer and client goes well you’ll never need to look at the contract. However, when you get started the contract is important because it make clear what each party expects from the other. That way, there are no surprises for either party.

Many of freelancers I talk to are excellent practitioners of their chosen craft. However, when it comes to understanding the obligations and responsibilities for the freelancer and client, there’s lots of confusion. That’s why it’s important to understand a little bit about contracts.

Contracts are, in my view, something of an insurance policy. If everything between freelancer and client goes well you’ll never need to look at the contract. However, when you get started the contract is important because it make clear what each party expects from the other.

Next week, I’ll be writing a series of posts on freelance contracts. Each day, I’ll focus on a different theme.

Monday –  Payment schedules
TuesdayLiability and indemnity
WednesdayDefining the work
ThursdayCopyright, ownership and intellectual property
FridayA look at some model contracts

In the lead up to that series, let me know if there are any specific things you would like me to cover. Use the comments below or the Contact Form.

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