I sat down with a contract


I sat down with a contract specialist who helped translate the legalese into a ‘plain english aggreement’. I just have to tweak a word or two to set it to a specific project/client and put their name on it.

After doing things that way for a number of years, I can write one out on my own. However, I always let a lawyer or contract specialist take a look at it to catch anything I may have missed.

What it boils down to is you specifying what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, who you’re doing it for, when it’s supposed to be finished, and how much it’s expected to cost. Include provisions that give you and the client some ‘wiggle room’ if the unexpected occurs in addition to what happens if you’re late or if they don’t pay on time.

So whether it’s a formal contract, proposal or WFHA, you don’t need to parse the details down to microprint unless you’re trying to pull a fast one. Keep everything simple, up front and in writing. Both you and your clients will benefit from it.

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