6 Do’s of a Freelancing Contract

Freelancing ContractLike any other business, the freelancing business is also full of fraud and scam. So, it is you yourself, who decides whether you make a profit out here with your skills or…just get cheated by the scammers.

It is not difficult to create a good business in this field if you have the right skills and keep your eyes open in spite of the scammers. All you need is to go through these simple guidelines with 6 don’ts of a freelance contract and apply them with the following points below. Be careful to follow each of them and you will do just fine.

6 Do’s of a Freelancing Contract

1. Always be vigilant while signing the freelancing contract

The “what” and the “who” of the project is the most important thing about the project. This means you should be careful while going through the basics of the project. The basics of the contract define the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in the project. So, it is necessary to put it in the contract even if everyone involved in the project is familiar with it. The importance of the basics is to draw a framework of the project.

Be strict about your work so that the client doesn’t make you work for those parts you are not concerned with so be specific about your job in the contract.

2. Be sure to include deadlines as a part of the freelancing contract

Many people don’t like deadlines as they feel pressured. They think working without the deadlines will be a profit for them but actually they are at a big loss.

Some clients take major benefits out of it and make you work more and more. They will always come with point of improvement and you can’t refuse… so you keep on working over the same project again and again. The smart move is to fix a time frame for the project and mentioning it in terms and conditions of the contract. This will also let you know when you are moving to the next project.

Be sure to fix the time frame in which the client has to respond back with corrections, doubts and questions and put it in the contract. Also give a fixed time to the client to come back with room for improvement after the project is launched. Also, fix the deadlines so that it gives you enough time to finish the project but never forget to mention it in the contract.

3. Always mention how you will be delivering the final product

Always mention the final product and the way you will deliver it. This saves you from any conflict with the client. The client will also be fine if the product is delivered in the types of files he can access.

It gives you and the client both some peace if this is mentioned as a part of the contract. It also tells you about the client’s knowledge about the project and his area of work. You will also have an idea how he is going to handle the product once you hand it over to him. You will also know the type of assistance he will need further.

The other thing you need to take care of is that once you are done with the projects, just send it in a simple fashion. Don’t attach extra piles of files in order to impress the client. If you want to do good business you need to take a project, finish it within time and send it to the client and move to the next project. Don’t get stuck in a project.

4. Always mention your payment in the freelancing contract

For most of the freelancing jobs the payment is more convenient in terms of project than hours. So, always include the payment in the contract so that the client doesn’t try to negotiate or back off at the time of payment. Mentioning the payment in the contract saves you from being a victim to change the payment or terms of payment by the client.

Agreeing on the initial deposit protects both the parties if either wants to back out. The client should understand that this clause makes you and the client committed to the project. Also include a ‘Cancellation Clause’ in the contract. It states the financial obligation of the parties in case the project gets terminated in between.

5. Alterations and revisions beyond a limit should be charged and make this a point in a freelancing contract

You must include a clause mentioning the number of times the revisions and alterations are allowed within the fees. The client generally abuses the privilege of having the option of requesting changes. To prevent such a situation there should be charges if the request goes beyond the limited number.

Be sure that you don’t use this clause to harass your client, and the time duration and number of times the alternations are allowed should be reasonable.

It is just for those clients who come back again and again unreasonably to distract you. Don’t punish every client for this and see if they are asking for reasonable alterations. This industry works on reputation of your work so never let anything destroy it. Don’t be arrogant to avoid revisions because they pay for your quality and creation. Without them, you can’t afford your creation.

6. Be professional and clear

The freelancing contract should be clear enough for both the parties to understand. Be professional and don’t cheat. Keep every minute detail in your contract to avoid arguments. Define the roles of both the parties clearly. If you don’t work professionally no one is going to care for you or your skills.

If you want to flourish in this industry you need to be smart enough to make profits without causing loss to anybody. Build a reputation by your professional behavior and effective communication with your customers and clients. Be clear enough about your job and profits.

You need to be careful that nobody hampers it. For all this you need to design a smart and fair freelance contract which includes the benefits of both the parties as well as give a glimpse of your smartness and professionalism.

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6 Don’ts of a Freelance Contract

Freelancing ContractIf you want a lasting freelancing business career, you need to build an awesome and professional reputation through your skill set and by the way you deliver your work.

This freelance industry like any other industry, is full of people who want to benefit from you to get their work done.

You can’t go fighting with clients if they play fraudulent games with you. So, the smart move is to design a fair freelance contract which carries the points to secure profits for both parties. Both you and your client should be able to understand all clauses of the contract before signing it.

There are a few points you need to know before preparing or signing any freelance contract

Don’ts of a Freelance Contract

1. Don’t sign any such contract which you don’t fully understand

The freelancing contract is supposed to be clear enough for both parties to understand. There shouldn’t be any vague points which could be taken as controversial. Your client may try to create a trap for you by keeping a complicated point in the contract so that once you sign the contract you have to do what they wish.

The approach of both parties should be professional so to gain each others trust. If the contract is prepared by you, try to make it as professional as possible so that it creates an impression on the client and the client feels secure working with you. This will help you to get more work and new referrals.

Try to make the role of both the parties clear enough in the project. Never try to cheat your clients because in this industry you’re awarded work for your talent and reputation and once you lose your reputation you’ll start losing work.

2. Don’t forget to limit the number of times an alteration request by the client is allowed

Mention in the freelancing contract the extra charges for such alteration requests that go beyond the described limit.

There must be a point in the contract describing the number of times the client can request revisions and alterations. This is important as the clients may harass you by requesting alterations every time they find something inappropriate.

So, there should be a time limit within which the client should review the submitted project and come up with everything he/she feels needs changed.

You also should mention it in the contract and charge them if they exceed that limit. But be sure not to cause trouble for your clients all because they request alterations. Try to help them if there is a genuine alteration required in the project.

This will add to your reputation in their eyes and they will consult you every time they have a project. Never show a negative attitude if they come up with shortcomings of your work because they pay for your talents and deserve your best.

3. Don’t sign a freelance contract without going through each of the clauses

Never sign any contract without knowing every point of the contract. Be vigilant to know the basics of the project which clarifies the role of both parties. The contract should clearly mention the responsibilities of each party involved.

It will also help you to get an outline of the project and its importance. Your work should be clearly described in the contract so that the client can’t take advantage of you.

4. Don’t sign a freelance contract without a deadline mentioned in it

You may have the feeling that having a deadline is harmful to you as it puts all the pressure to finish a project within a limited period of time… but actually some clients like it without a deadline because it gives them the opportunity to overuse you.

The client makes you work more and comes up with various improvements on a daily basis and you can’t refuse. Why? Because you didn’t sign an ending date of the project.

This traps you and you can’t move on to the next project. So, learn to handle pressure and finish your projects within deadlines so that you can keep moving allowing you to become more experienced and to make more money. This also makes you professional in your approach.

Take care of the fact that you get enough time to finish the project so fix the deadlines which are possible to meet. Fix the deadline of the review time in which clients can come up with the points he is not satisfied with. This is called true professionalism.

5. Don’t forget to mention your payment in the freelancing contract

In freelancing jobs, the payment is according to the project. Never forget to make your payment a part of your contract. Leave no room for the client to back off or negotiate your payment after the work has been performed.

Always get an initial deposit, depending on the project, done between both parties. Always try to make it a point that the client doesn’t use any clause as term of payment. This can be a trap. Include a Cancellation Clause in the contract so that neither party suffers a loss if one of them terminates the project.

6. Don’t forget to mention the type of file in which you will make the delivery

The client always wants the final project to be delivered in the type of file he can access. So, if you make the delivery a point in the contract it will save any conflicts between you and the client. This will also make your client happy to have the product in the way he wants so that he can make the best use of it.

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How to Manage Your Clients to Maximize Your Freelance Income

Freelancing, even today, is often misunderstood as a limited stream to earn one’s living.

Freelance IncomeThis is the reason you will see many people pursuing freelancing as a ‘second source of earning’ and continuing with their illusion of a secured job and monthly checks as their ‘primary source of income.’

Did I just say illusion? Absolutely!

Your so-called full-time secured job is an illusion we have created in the last few decades. You never know when you will get the pink slip out of the blue…

A full time ‘secured’ job as an employee does not give you the right to control your earning whereas earning from freelancing is just the opposite.

With freelancing jobs of any kind, you get to choose the sources to earn money, control your money inflow and create multiple sources of income.

How to maximize your freelance income

(This is relevant to any kind of freelancer)

Managing Your Clients

One of the main hindrances to creating multiple online income sources is not having the ability to handle your clients.

You don’t need to have an MBA or attend online seminars to know how to handle clients. But know this; failure to handle clients means doom for your business as in loss of clients.

Now what does client handling mean?

(1) You must know how to communicate with them
(2) You must know how to stick to deadlines
(3) You must be clear about financial matters
(4) You must never be clingy

Again, failure to do so creates lots of problems. So how do you manage? Read my personal experience.

As a freelance writer, last year I had about 23 clients to manage simultaneously. In other words, I had 23 online web contents projects to manage and I didn’t have any clue on how to do that.

I didn’t have a team of writers, a day just had 24 hours, I had to update clients daily and most importantly, submit web content daily…I was going mad!!!

I couldn’t refuse the clients at the 11th hour because the money was good and I didn’t want to come across as unprofessional.

What did I do? (This is something I practice even today)


(1) I communicated clearly

First, I divided the projects into ‘most important,’ ‘important’ and ‘not so important.’

By importance I meant the urgency to complete them. I contacted the ‘important’ and ‘not so important’ project clients and negotiated a different time frame for completion.

Note that before I did this, I was afraid to put this proposal in front of my client because it could have meant losing that client but I had to draw a line somewhere and this seemed to be the best idea…

I sent the clients an email requesting them to reconsider the tight deadlines. Out of 23, 15 received my email, 12 agreed and 3 dropped off. Not bad, I would say! You cannot please everyone…

Now I was better placed in terms of time and client expectations…this is so important!

(2) I kept deadlines

While there are clients who are very flexible with deadlines and don’t mind numerous extensions, a freelancer should never take it for granted.

A website I write for cuts 10% off the fee everyday if any freelancer goes past the deadline. If you are working from home, I would suggest to maintain a time spreadsheet where you note down the number of hours you will spend everyday for each project and obviously, start with the most urgent ones first.

In fact, if you want more value for your services, you can multiply your income by charging higher for urgent services like in the next 24 hours or so…

Clients that are flexible can be charged less.

(3) I was firm on financial matters

See, any kind of job that involves money matters should be communicated clearly. One of my friends is a web designer. Six months back he got a $800 project to build a customized website for the client.

He had 20 days to complete the project but my friend delayed and finished the work in 46 days, taking 26 days extra…

Now I must say that the client didn’t complain or threaten about non-payment.

However, when my friend asked for the project fees, (no advances were paid) the client dilly-dallied, became unresponsive and finally paid $600 (yes, deducted $200) after 26 delayed days.

Well, to me it seemed the client was teaching my friend a lesson here.

My intention to tell this story is to make you aware that if you want to earn money from multiple clients from freelancing, it is important to maintain your professionalism, that is, never take the client for granted.

Once you attain this professionalism, you can negotiate with the client on money matters properly.

For instance, you can draw up a contract stating the amount of advance to be paid, project milestones to be followed and the final payment date.

As a kind of guarantee, you can even write down the amount of money you will waiver off if you delay the project…some clients will readily accept such conditions.

(4) I never cling to clients

In my freelancing career, there were clients with whom I did one-time projects spanning 10 days and there were clients I worked with for more than a year.

The point is a freelancer cannot assume that the client will hire his/her services every time. While it is good to send a follow-up email once or twice to the client, please refrain from using pressurizing tactics.

My friend, the web designer, used to send follow-up emails every 12 hours to those clients who didn’t get back to him offering more projects. This is a very negative and annoying strategy.

By doing so you will dash whatever hopes the client had in giving you a second or third project, thus resulting in your business loss!

It is a general misunderstanding among any kind of freelancing work that the more clients you have, the more you can generate money.

Financially, this is true and if a freelancer has a team then handling more projects becomes relatively easier…

However, when a freelancer is working alone, it is always advisable not to take on more clients at one time if you can’t handle it. Doing so will harm the quality of work done and thus, impact your income negatively.

Learn to manage your project clients and you can easily maximize your freelance income.