If you're working and getting paid on a freelance basis, you would need to have every detail of your transaction with your clients written on a contract. Being professional includes having your projects documented and filed for easy reference.
Flexibility is key to a professional freelancer's success. Because of the fact that you'll be working for a diverse clientele, different types of people will make all sorts of demands from you.
For example, if you write and proofread corporate resumes, some job seekers may prefer having a CD in addition to copies of the resume. Some may not bother at all. This is the main reason you have to make everything clear in writing.
And one of the perks of freelancing is that bonuses and incentives come in the form of clients who are willing to give you additional remuneration like cash, or those that come "in kind" because they were extremely satisfied with your work. So if your client is an employee or is representing a renowned firm/company or organization where expenses have to be accounted, you need to make sure that it was your client's personal decision to give you an incentive.
Now, when you proceed to write your contract, settle for a simple template and have categories for every set of agreement. If you want some guidelines, take a look at the contract below:
RONALI G. dela CRUZ
Freelance Worker's Contract
Your Address Here Your Contact Information Here
How long would it take for you to finish the project? Provide the exact start-up date and the date when your client can claim it.
TERMS and CONDITIONS
What does your client want? If you're going to write a company's Manual for Employees from scratch, will your client furnish you with reference materials like documents or rough drafts?
For freelancers who write advertising copy, product reviews, and newsletter articles, how many rewrites will you allow without charging additional fees?
Stay tuned, because in my next post, I'll talk about setting up an effective payment plan.