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Have you recently won a freelance project? Well, you’re among the lucky freelancers whose proposals stood out amidst the stiff competition. So, first and foremost, congratulations for making it to that level.

However, this is just the beginning of the journey. There’s quite a lot you need to do before you set the ball rolling. Among the many things you need for the new project, a performance agreement is at the core.

As a freelancer, you must state clearly what your services entail, and set forth the terms and conditions upon which those services will be offered. But even as you do that, remember the performance agreement is between you and the client. So, ensure you take care of their interests, while at the same time making sure things are also fair on your side.

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Here are tips to help you write a freelance performance-based agreement.

1. Be specific

When writing a performance agreement, avoid ambiguity. Be straight to the point, but don’t leave out necessary contract clauses. The language you use should be specific. The client needs something that they can understand.

Make sure the important points are well-highlighted so that the client doesn’t miss out on anything. Clearly highlight the roles and the responsibilities so that both you and your client know what you expect from each other. When outlining the roles, ensure they’re aligned to the client’s requirements.

2. Clearly define your scope of work

The client is interested in knowing what you’re going to do for them. Therefore, the performance agreement should indicate the work you’re going to complete and how you’re planning to do it. At this point, you don’t have to use so many words.

Just highlight some of the key tasks you’re going to perform and let the client know by when you’ll complete the work. Usually, work with the client’s deadlines, but in case you feel it will take much longer to complete the task, just indicate that in the agreement.

3. Use simple plain English

Although some legal terms are inevitable, try to make the language as simple as possible. Make sure the contract is easy to read and understand. Most clients won’t spend a whole day going through the contract. Probably, they may not even go through all the points.

Therefore, write in such a way that the client can easily pick out the necessary points. Of course, everything in that contract is important, but the reality is the client would like something easier to understand. So, just use simple English.

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4. Use proper formatting

Just as you’d like clearly outlined roles and responsibilities, so does your client want a contract that they can easily go through. Apart from keeping it simple, ensure you use the correct format when writing a performance agreement.

Usually, we have many samples online, and so, if you’re not sure how to go about it, just check the ones available online. Make sure the contract flows logically point after point. Where there’s complexity, consider using lists and bullets to break down the content. Again, make sure you use headings and subheadings where necessary.

5. Outline the exempted services

While in most cases the performance agreement is all about what you’ll be doing for your client, it’s also important to state the limits of your services. For instance, let the client know some of the services you won’t provide. This protects you from doing extra work that the client may not pay for. If you’ll be willing to do extra work, indicate that you’ll do it at a cost and include it in the agreement.

With these tips, you’re ready to write your performance agreement. Also, check out the samples available online to make it better.