Like 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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