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:
- Clearly define the scope of your work
- Nail down everything related to money
- Make sure you're clear on who will own your work
- Address how changes to the project will affect your fees
- Be clear that written agreement is the whole agreement
- 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.