Your contract tells your client a lot about you and how you do business.
Credibility: Is your contract applicable and tailored to your business and your relationship with your client or does it look like you cut and pasted it from the internet?
You lose credibility with clients if you look amateurish and haven’t invested in your business to cross your t’s and dot your i’s. Your clients are left wondering? If you can’t appear professional, how can you assist them to look professional?
Trust: Does your contract reflect previous conversations? Or are you trying to slip one by them?
A well-drafted freelance contract should cover all your legal bases (the boilerplate gobbly gook), in a clear and easy to understand way. If you’re a freelancer, or dealing with smaller contract prices, your clients shouldn’t have to hire an attorney to understand your contract.
Deterrent: A well-drafted contract creates boundaries for your client relationships, instill confidence, and trust. It also acts as a deterrent from a lawsuit. Using overly broad contracts, that don’t fit, make it look like you don’t know what you’re doing and may be an easier mark for disputes and lawsuits.
What contracts are included in the Freelancer Fundamentals bundle:
- Project Proposal and attached Terms of Service
- Data Protection Processing Agreement
- Sample Data Breach Notification Letter
- Independent Contractor Agreement
- Mutual Non-Disclosure