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How to Draft a Contract for Freelance Web Design Jobs


Freelance web design jobs can be quite lucrative while offering you the ability to set your own work schedule or telecommute. Prior to beginning work, though, it is essential that you draft a contract and obtain the employer's signature agreeing to the contract terms. This is true no matter how small, short, long or intense the project. Below is an explanation of the items that should be included in a freelance web design contract.

Identification of the Parties

The most essential part of any contract is the identification of all the parties involved and their relationship. As the freelance web designer, you can identify yourself as the designer, employee, independent contractor or any other names. Because you are only hired as a temporary worker and not as an employee, the company for which you are working should be identified as the company or by its name. These terms show the type of relationship you have and make it clear who is a party to the contract.

Identification of the Job

The job you are hired to do will differ based on the company's needs and desires. Therefore, not all projects will be equal or even similar. Create a section within the contract that clearly states the job you are to perform, including the number of web pages and any other design element you have discussed with the company. The more specific you make this section, the less there will be to dispute about you not having performed as expected.

Another important aspect to this section is to include a sentence stating that you are entitled to create additional pages and are entitled to payment for those additional pages and elements should you, in your expert opinion, feel them to be necessary. This sentence does not provide you with unbridled authority to create or design whatever you would like and receive payment, but it does save you from being unpaid for something you needed to do to perform as necessary.

Identification of Who Is to Perform

If you have employees working for you, you should include a section that states that anyone affiliated with your company has the right to work on the company's job. This prevents the company from later refusing to pay and arguing that they hired you and not your employees to design their website. If your business is a sole-proprietorship, meaning that you have no employees and do everything for the websites yourself, you may want to include a statement clarifying that you and only you will be working on the project. While this is not necessary, it will help you later if the company tries to argue that they thought that another party was to work on the graphics, photos or text.

Identify the Due Date

The date the job is to be completed is another key element to include in your contract. If there are multiple due dates, delineate those dates and what is to be delivered at that time. These clauses will protect you from claims that you did not deliver the job on time.

Identify the Amount of Payment

Of course, you should also include the amount and due date of your payments. Stating the acceptable methods of payment is also smart, but not necessary. This clause will put both parties on notice of the amount you are entitled to and that they must pay by a certain date or be considered in violation of the contract.

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