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A freelance employment contract is one of the most important business documents for freelancers and their employers. It is one document needed to legalize the employment of a freelancer and to spell out the terms of the employment. Before going any further, we will like to define what a contract is.

Any document that specifies the terms of the employment relationship that exists between a freelancer and the person (or firm) hiring the freelancer is a freelance employment contract. Such legal documents must spell out the expectations of both parties in the employment relationship. The document protects the interest of both parties involved.

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1. What is included in the freelance employment contract?

So that a contract is legally binding on both parties, certain fields must be included in it while drafting it. As a result, you should know what should be included in the freelance employment contract. We have discussed with some experts in the field of freelancing and law so that we can get the best information for you.

From our findings, there is no strict rule as regards what must be included in a freelancer’s employment contract, but there are certain essential fields that must be included. Below are these essential fields:

  • Name fields – the document must include the names of the freelance consultant and the company hiring the freelancer.
  • Expectations of both parties – here, the details of the services expected from the freelancer and the cost (expected to be paid by the company) of delivering such services are spelled out.
  • Duration of work – the timeline of the project is written down, so the freelancer will know the delivery deadline for milestones (if any) and the entire project. Also, the payment schedule is stated clearly too.
  • Terms of payment – both parties are meant to understand the terms of payment here.
  • The role of the freelance contractor is clarified legally
  • Signatures and dates – both parties are meant to sign the document with dates for it to be legally binding on them.

2. Why is the contract important?

Every company wants to have a signed contract when employing anybody so that the contract can be provided for financial accounting or legal purposes. However, there are other reasons why a freelance contract is important, most especially as it relates to freelancers.

A freelance employment contract can help to shield a freelance contractor from dubious and cunny employers. Since the contract contains the details of the job, it will be almost impossible for any of the parties to start asking for what was not there from the start of the contract, except if there is provision for that in the contract.

Such a contract will put both parties on their toes before and after signing the contract. Usually, both parties consider properly the terms of the agreement before signing it to avert any future disagreement.

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3. How to draft a freelance hire contract

Drafting a freelance agreement requires some form of expertise. That is why we advise freelancers that they should either use templates that are available online or hire a professional to help draft it. If you are making use of online freelance employment contract templates, make sure the one you are using contains all the essential fields we discussed earlier in this article.

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