How to Create a Contract For Every Freelance Writing Client + 5 Things to Include on the Document

As a writer, you don’t always think of the legalities behind it, especially as a nurse or healthcare provider. Of course, we don’t want to practice outside our scope and realize that that would give us legal trouble, but many don’t think of themselves as a business, and therefore, don’t think about contracts with clients.

As someone who has learned from not having a contract, you MUST have one. It’s one of the biggest questions I get asked, and one of the answers I never hesitate, no matter what size your business is. This article will help you understand why having a contract is so important to your freelance writing business.

Protection

One of the biggest reasons you need a contract is to protect you, and your client. If a client hesitates to sign a contract, be wary. It isn’t there to make anyone feel bad but to protect both parties from things like nonpayment, rewrites, plagiarism, etc.

Nonpayment

In a world of perfect clients, the writer submits work and is paid that day. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. Personally, I have never been stiffed on payment, but I have gotten close to it. I had to hound them daily at some points to pay for my hours of hard work. No business deserves that. A contract will protect you against it.

No Guessing Games

When you have a contract, your client knows exactly what they are going to get and knows exactly what to expect from you. The guessing is out of the picture. With a contract, you have the deliverables mentioned in it, so your client knows the details beforehand. Then, if there is an issue later, it’s not your word against theirs.

How to Craft a Contract

Full disclosure here, I am not a lawyer, by any means. This part of this article will tell you what to think about to include in a contract, but please, let a lawyer look at it before you make it final. It’s worth the investment.

Contract Checklist

Developing a contract can take some time, but it’s worth it. You only need to be burned once to understand that. You can search Google for some templates for freelancers to help you start the process.

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