Updated: Aug 8
All your T&C in one place
Every freelance professional needs a contract. Simply put, it is an agreement comprising the terms and conditions concerning the working relationship between a freelancer and a client.
We all know the advantages of a contract—legal protection being just one of them. It’s risky and even considered unprofessional to begin work on a project without signing a contract agreeable to both you and your client.
You do not need to wait for your client to send a contract to you. You can send them your own and bind them to it until their version comes along.
Based on requests from several friends, here’s a template I have created that you can use to draft your own contracts. Tweak it according to your project. I’d also recommend you bookmark/save this questionnaire I have prepared. It has all the questions you need to ask your client before deciding on a project. Include their answers in your contract.
Remember, the more clarity you have, the more you end up with clients on the same page as you, and the better working relationship you have with them. No matter what happens, insist on a contract. You’ll save yourself from a lot of heartache along the way. Good luck!
FREELANCER’S NAME Freelancer’s Designation
Address, contact details, website
This agreement is between XX (“Client”) and XX (“Freelancer”) and concerns the following assignment:
XXX deliverables for XXX product/service/brand/company
1. Freelancer’s tasks
The Freelancer agrees to work on and submit XX number of XX (DELIVERABLES) every XX (PERIODICITY) as agreed with the Client, based on the Client’s brief. The brief and the deadline for submission will be mutually agreed upon on email or any other form of written communication.
2. Date of commencement
Contingent upon immediate signing of this contract and receipt of advance amount, the Freelancer will start work on the assignment from Day Month Year.
The Client agrees to pay the Freelancer a total project fee of XX/- (CURRENCY + AMOUNT). The fee includes an advance amount of XX/- (CURRENCY + AMOUNT); work starts upon receipt of this advance amount. The remaining amount is payable in XX instalments by (DATE) of every month (PROVIDE AMOUNT BREAK-UP HERE). The Client agrees to transfer the amount/s to the Freelancer’s bank account.
4. Changes & revisions
The aforementioned project fee is based on the estimated time investment needed by the Freelancer to accomplish the agreed deliverables. In case the Client wants to amend the arrangement or anything else, make changes to the submitted work, or add anything new, the Freelancer will provide a separate estimate for that.
The Freelancer cannot guarantee that her/his work will be completely error-free, and so s/he cannot be liable to the Client or any third party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if the Client has advised her/him of the same. If any provision of this Agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
The Client will own the copyright for all material created under this Agreement, and the Freelancer can sample and reuse only with consent from the Client.
7. Applicable laws
Both parties agree that this Agreement shall be interpreted and governed by the jurisdiction and laws of the Courts of XX (FREELANCER’S LOCATION).
This Agreement may be amended only in writing signed by both parties.
Once the project is in process, either party may terminate this Agreement for any reason, with XX days’ notice emailed to the other party. The Client will pay the Freelancer for work done up to the date of termination, and the Freelancer will refund overpayment.
This agreement is made and entered into by and between the parties hereto on this date: Day Month Year
Freelancer’s full name:
Client’s full name: