The freelancer, also known as freelance worker, is a person who hasn’t a long-term contract involving financial obligations with an employer. Sometimes the freelancer is represented by a company or an agency which resells their work. Certainly, there are many freelancers who prefer to be completely independent.
Many fields of activity include freelancing. (examples: web design, copy editing, copywriting, consulting, editing, graphic design, computer programming, journalism and many more). The way of payment varies a lot and it’s based on the agreement of the two parts involved. It could a payment per hour, day or a piece rate. For complex projects the payment plan is usually based on milestones or results.
Don’t Leave Room for Interpretation
Freelancers don’t have a legal department to protect their rights this is why a freelancer’s contract has to be clear, succinct and to cover all the aspects of the activity: the goal of the job, the demands and the skills required, the schedule and certainly the both parties’ expectations. It’s better to read a draft of the contract before starting the work so that you will have the chance to learn if the job suits your needs.
You should keep in mind that if you have the framework for the contract in place, you should work carefully out the details. It’s wiser if you don’t give the opportunity to your contractor to change the rules after you started working. Define clear deadlines from the very beginning so that you can have enough time to finish your job respecting the quality required.
Communication is Key
Also don’t forget to specify in your contract that the client must answer prompt to all your questions about the work. If you are waiting too long for an answer it might be possible not to meet the deadline.
Don’t provide your client more files or explanations than the project demands. Be aware that always it’s better to be a modest person who doesn’t try to impress by any means.
Make an agreement regarding an initial deposit in order to protect both sides’ interests. You will be committed to end your job according to all terms and conditions and on the other hand the contractor will have to pay as you have already settled.
Don’t forget about the cancellation clause. This must keep the freelancer far from being emotionally abused with many requests of revisions and changes. No matter the circumstances the best way proves to be the middle one. So, be flexible and try to meet your client’s requests, if they are reasonable.