Contracts can be an expensive detail that freelancers might overlook. Though it can cost money to have contracts legally drafted, that is not the expense we are talking about – We are talking about the expense of your extra time, frustration, and possibly legal disputes. Developing a contract or agreement is important for freelancers for several reasons. Clear Communication
A contract is a written agreement that clearly outlines the expectations and obligations of both the freelancer and the client. This ensures that both parties have a clear understanding of expectations and helps to avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings.
Protecting Your Rights
A contract or agreement can help to protect the rights of the freelancer. It can include clauses such as cancellation policies, payment terms, and intellectual property rights that can help to ensure that the freelancer is protected in case of any disputes.
Having a well-written and professional-looking contract can help to establish the freelancer's professionalism and credibility. It sets the example that freelancer takes their business seriously and is committed to providing clear communication and high-quality services.
A contract can also provide legal protection for both the freelancer and the client. This can help to ensure that both parties are aware of their legal obligations and can help to resolve any disputes that may come up.
Scope and Expectations
Contracts are important for defining the scope of the projects. By defining the scope of the project and the expectations of both parties, a contract or agreement can help to avoid scope creep* and assist in the project staying on track.
*Scope creep happens when additional features, functions, or new arms of a project are added once the project is underway–these are things that weren’t originally planned for the scope of a project.
Overall, developing a contract or agreement is a crucial step in operating a successful freelance business. When working with others, there can be many different points of view or opinions on how things should be done. Creating a contract or agreement helps ensure that communication is clear, everyone is in agreement with the details, and that all parties are legally protected.