Recently, I shared with you my 3 favorite free tools for getting clients to electronically sign your contacts. But what if you don't already have a contract in place?
When I got started, I wasn't sure which sections to include my contract. And I didn't know which templates were "good" for freelancers.
There are definitely a few aspects to your contract that you'll want to be sure to include. A few of those are:
- Scope of Work - be as specific as possible here. This will support you if the clients ask you to go "out of scope" and provide extra things without extra compensation.
- Payment info - this should include things like how much you'll be paid, when it's due, and late fees.
- Kill Fee - What happens if the client changes their mind and stops the project? Having a kill fee will entitle you to receive payment for work you've already completed.
These are just a couple of the key aspects to your contract. Here's a great blog post from Freelancer's Union with 5 more things you might need to include.
So now you know some of the key sections to include in a contract. but where do you find a quality sample contract that you use for your own work?
Check these out:
Bonsai is so simple! You answer a few questions about your biz, your client and the project, and it pumps out a beautiful contract that you can send with a few clicks.
After you create a free account on the site, you'll be able to look through all of their "freelancer resources." A general contract template is available there for download.
3. PandaDoc (<-- Use this link & get 3 free docs!)
PandaDoc has a ton of great templates available. Even ones for sending proposals to clients! This is a great, free resource.
Karen is an attorney who offers really affordable contracts. She has all the basics covered, including contracts for summits and live events. The reason I love her site is because she offers a bundle - you get FB group support and access to her entire library for one price.
This is another paid option. I included this because Annette has some really specific agreements to creatives that might come in handy if that's your niche.
So there are a few of my favorite places to get contracts. Do you have any sites you'd add to the list? Share below in the comments so we can all learn together!
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