Before I dive into what every creative’s contract should include, I first want to ask, “You do have a contract, right?” It continues to amaze me that so many service professionals don’t use a contract. It’s like riding in a car without a seatbelt. Is it worth the risk?
Besides just protecting you should things go south with a client, a contract defines what your clients should expect when working with you. It gets everything out in the open so there are no surprises down the road.
Here are a few free resources for contracts for creatives:
- The contract building tool from the Freelancers Union (and a podcast all about it with Ilise Benun)
- A contract template from AIGA
- Here’s my contract! Go ahead. Use it as a model.
Now there’s no excuse for not using a contract with your clients!
My contract has saved me in the past. Just recently a client demanded a refund of their deposit because they weren’t happy with my work. My contract saved me as it clearly states that all deposits are non-refundable.
Read on for my recommendations about what your contract should include.