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Are you tired of
- Doing endless revisions for your fussy client?
- Not getting paid deposits, milestones and final balance?
- Clients not following your instructions?
- Putting in hours, weeks even months for a project your client refuses to sign-off?
- Clients being unresponsive when they need to be, then chasing you when they do?
- Clients always complaining, threatening to haul you to court or quit on you?
- Clients constantly asking you for compensation for “material loss”, “opportunity costs”, “delay penalties” which were never agreed with you?
- Worse: getting sued for copyright infringements when your client has been overstepping his boundaries without your knowledge?
- Clients expecting you to do EVERYTHING even though its not in your scope?
- Unrealistic expectations leading to disputes?
- Clients wanting more, more, MORE which are out of scope and budget?
- Being worried that you have asked too much in terms of deposit and milestone payments?
- Seeing the product of your blood-sweat-and-tears splashed everywhere without your consent or you getting properly compensated?
- Being scared that you have actually SCARED OFF potential clients with TOO MUCH contract stuffing? (conversely, being seen as amateurish by having a flimsy agreement)
- Clients wanting you to foot the copyright or third-party costs out-of-pocket?
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What Should Be In An Independent Contractor Agreement?
The moment that a client hires you to do a project for them, before you execute even one task, you have to take appropriate precautions to protect yourself for the duration of your business relationship and beyond. Entering any sort of verbal agreement with a client is very risky. To prevent any legal issues later, it’s vital that you have them sign an independent contractor agreement.
An independent contractor agreement can be as basic as a document that covers the outline of the project and the dates
that you will be providing them. Since there are literally millions of potential jobs and roles you might fulfill as an independent contractor, the exact content of the document can vary.
Here are some of the things that you should always include in your agreements:
If nothing else, always have what the client is agreeing to pay you. The terms that you negotiate are completely up to you, but be very clear on how much is due to you and when. Some freelancers ask for a percentage up front. Others agree to be paid at the end of the project. Whatever it is, have it documented.
If you’re a writer or graphic designer, you know firsthand how long it can take to come up with a draft. Typically, you’ll send a few drafts over to the client to get a feel for what they like. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting through an entire job, deliver the final product and have the client ask for a number of revisions. Yes, there are going to be cases where they need small changes. Be clear on how many revisions you will offer them before you begin to charge. Not only does this prevent you from having to do outrageous work without being compensated, but it helps the client from getting too far off course with their vision, and almost forces them to be wise with their revision requests.
This will also appear in the timeline, but you should also ensure that you give an approximate delivery date of the final project. This is important for both you and the client to know when the project is expected to be completed. Just like with the project timeline, give yourself a bit of wiggle room to account for delays.
There’s a very good chance that the client may ask you to sign a contractor agreement as well. This protects their business from any liability. Before you sign anything, always read over the entire document. If you have any questions, ask the client or a neutral third party to explain. Here are some of the things that you may see in a contractor agreement from your client.
A project timeline
It doesn't have to be intricate, but the more precise, the better. Always leave yourself a bit of wiggle room to modify the timeline if need be. Anything can happen, delays can occur, so don’t bind yourself to a completely inflexible timeline.
The scope of the project
A summary of what you’ll be doing and the final result. Basically, you’re just defining the service that you are providing the client with.
Non Disclosure Agreement or NDA
During the course of a project, you may learn things about a
business that are considered “trade secrets”. The client has
ownership of them, and you are not allowed to share them with competitors.
Ownership of Works Provided – If you create a graphic for one client, they usually will ask that you sign the rights of it over to them. This prevents you from selling that graphic to anyone else. The same goes for website content, website design, etc.
1099 Employee Agreement – If you do work for a client in the United States, they will likely have you sign an agreement that they are not liable to pay any sort of taxes for you. You are responsible for filing your own taxes with the state and government. In addition, they don’t have to provide you with medical benefits or any other kind of employee benefits during the duration of your contract.
It’s worth mentioning again that if you have any questions about the document that you’re going to sign, don’t sign it until you completely understand. Most contractor agreements are pretty run of the mill and simple, but unfortunately there are people out there that take advantage of unknowing people.
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