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Old 01-15-2017, 02:08 PM
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Default Potential clients who won't sign contracts

This just happened today. I've been increasing my private client search and just got a response. The money was reasonable. I mentioned that I've been using a contract for years and I'd draw it up. None of it is complicated. Essentially, it says that client pays me, I don't extort client and for long projects, I add in a kill fee.

Client says, "Wait, wait, that's not necessary," followed by another short paragraph for why he won't sign the contract and will pay me upfront. I explain that contracts really aren't intended to be adversarial and that this contract protects us both. He replies that he's under a tight deadline and doesn't have time to read my non-legalese 1-1/2 page contract. I suggested that we establish a per word price instead of a per project price so we would have an annual contract instead of a contract for every project. He hasn't replied and I'm not chasing him. A client who won't sign a contract is a client I don't need.

I feel like this means that I'm a "real" freelancer. I'm not a newbie who will work for anyone with few standards. I'm not saying all newbies are like this, but I sure was. It feels nice know that I was a professional and made a professional choice.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:03 AM
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Many people won't sign something without their attorney looking at it. If you've decided that you won't write without a contract, though, then good for you for sticking to your guns!
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:51 AM
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Sometimes you just need to walk away.

In my opinion, no legitimate client will balk at a contract, and it does show professionalism on your part to have one. I agree that contracts serve to protect the parties concerned.

I also feel that it's okay (and sometimes necessary) to fire a client.

If a relationship is obviously not going to work out to the benefit of all concerned everyone is merely wasting time & resources when they try to salvage it.
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:11 PM
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Many people won't sign something without their attorney looking at it. If you've decided that you won't write without a contract, though, then good for you for sticking to your guns!
I agree that clients should consider taking any contact to their attorney for review.
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:13 PM
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Sometimes you just need to walk away.

In my opinion, no legitimate client will balk at a contract, and it does show professionalism on your part to have one. I agree that contracts serve to protect the parties concerned.

I also feel that it's okay (and sometimes necessary) to fire a client.

If a relationship is obviously not going to work out to the benefit of all concerned everyone is merely wasting time & resources when they try to salvage it.
I agree. In this particular situation, the potential client kept backtracking and gave me a new excuse. First, he said he was too busy, then he said he worked for someone else, then when I asked what company he worked for he said he didn't just understand it. I'm certain that I dodged a bullet.
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:23 AM
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