How to Compose a Freelance Writing Contract.
Creating a freelance writing contract will ensure you and your client are on the same page every step of the way. Here, we cover everything from formatting to pay. I’m no lawyer, but I have never had an issue when using this format.
Your contract should be unique to you. This doesn’t mean to clutter it with unnecessary decorations. The only image that should be included is your logo. If you don’t have a logo, consider creating one.
Create a Header.
The top of the contract will look similar to the header of a cover letter. You will lead with your name, followed by your writing or company name if it is different. It should include all of your contact information. Beneath your contact information will be the date. The date will reflect when you send the contact. Be sure to customize it for each customer.
Customize it for Each Customer.
The contract should have an area to list the other party in the agreement. This belongs in the first paragraph. You should also name yourself as the provider. Include the project name.
List Provided Services.
Listing services ensure you and your client are on the same page as to what your responsibilities are. Include things such as the number of revisions, proofreading, and timelines.
Expand on the Details.
Each service listed should include bullets under it to clarify them. This is where you go the extra mile to protect yourself. In this section, there is no such thing as too much. Cover every angle, even if it seems obvious.
Define Your Rates.
Typically, you will have discussed and agreed on rates before sending over a contract. However, this is still a big necessity. State whether pricing is determined on an hourly, salary, or per word basis. If there are any additional expenses, (such as artwork or other fees) this is where you would list them.
Format it Appropriately.
A contract should be clear, consistent, and easy to navigate. Stay away from mixing fonts or font sizes. There are a few different contact types. To determine which would work best for you and for examples, I would recommend this article.
Determine Rights and Ownership.
Some writers maintain rights to their work. Others lose all rights once their service has been provided. This is often overlooked, yet may be the most important section. In this section, you include whether your name will be tied to it or not. As well as whether or not there is a limit on how many times it can be used.
The bottom of your freelance writing contract should contain a space for both parties to sign. Then, voila! You have an agreement with your newest client.
Know Your State Laws.
Every state has different laws. This includes the freelancing industry. Go the extra mile and look them up. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your freelance writing contract!
I have no law background, please do not consider this legal advice. However, I have never run into an issue while using this format for my freelance writing contract. If you do encounter questions or issues, please contact me so I can update it to help others.
Now you have everything you need to create a freelance writing contract. If you are wondering when you will start rolling in the dough, check out How Long Does it Take to Make Money as a Freelance Writer. Need help getting started? Then, Freelancing for Beginners is for you! Good luck out there!