Rule number on for freelance designers is to always use a contract
! Whether you're working with a new client or doing repeat business, it's always best to clearly outline the terms of your work.
Bonsai has worked with top laywers to create a simple, powerful template contract for freelance designers. It's written in plain English, and contains all the language you need to start the client relationship well.
There are three main areas our freelance design contracts focus on. You should spend extra time thinking about and making these clear with the client. The first is the scope of work
. Since design is a wide discipline and clients may not be veyr sophisticated, you should be very clear with the client exactly what you will be producing for them.
The second very part of the freelance design contract is the payment information
. What will you get paid for your work, and when are the payments due? How will the client pay? What happens if they don't pay? These are all terms that are very important to you!
Last but not least is intellectual property ownership
. Intellectual property ownership should only transfer over to the client once they have paid all their invoices. However you should be careful to note whether the client only owns the final product, or all sketches, designs, and ideas that went into the Wordpress site.
Bonsai's freelance design contracts contain all these clauses and more to protect you and your client.
Bonsai also provides contracts for freelance website design
, general mobile design
, iOS app design
, and Android app design