The Six Contract Provisions Freelancers Should Include

The Six Contract Provisions Freelancers Should Include

When you’re a freelancer, it’s easy to just take a job and start working without thinking much about it. However, if you don’t want to accidentally get caught up in work you don’t want, 99U suggests including a set of provisions in your contract.

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Contracts are a necessary evil, but they don’t have to be that difficult. 99U breaks down the provisions that really matter and that can protect you from misunderstandings:

  1. Clearly define the scope of your work
  2. Nail down everything related to money
  3. Make sure you’re clear on who will own your work
  4. Address how changes to the project will affect your fees
  5. Be clear that written agreement is the whole agreement
  6. Specify the process for changing the agreement

It’s basic stuff, but just including the above details can make your work a lot easier if you run into any weirdness. Head over to 99U for more details on the exact kind of language you should include in those contracts.

Don’t Get Screwed: The Contract Provisions Every Creative Needs to Know [99U]


  • Good post, decent and clear advice. As you say it’s basic, but something most people don’t realise until they get screwed over heh.

  • Spelling out the terms and conditions in this way benefits all parties. You don’t want to be a victim of scope creep and your client doesn’t want to feel as though they’re locked in to an agreement that doesn’t work. Being fully aware from the start clears the air.

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