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Your freelancing career is about to take off, but you are feeling spaced out, wondering what you should include in the service agreement with the client to steer clear of unfavorable prospects. The best thing that occurs to you is to download a service agreement PDF from any reputed site and tailor it to your needs. Well, you are on the right track.

We can help you draft a watertight service agreement that will address your concerns and also make you amenable to prospective clients. Our site carries different service agreement PDF templates. You can choose and download the appropriate freelancer service agreement PDF to modify it and reflect your aspirations, concerns, and terms.

Acquaint yourself with the need, advantages, and various features of the service agreement template in the sections below and learn what to avoid.

1. The need for a service agreement PDF

As a freelancer, you need a service agreement when you intend to professionally serve a client. The agreement unambiguously sets the terms of and expectations from the contract so that both you and the client are on the same page.

The agreement is:

  • A set of service guidelines
  • Legally binding
  • Can serve as the basis for an amicable resolution of issues if any discord arises
  • Can even set the terms of future agreements through a master service agreement template (MSA)

2. Advantages of a service agreement PDF

The service agreement template contains all the essential clauses that you negotiated to protect your interests as a freelancer. As the work scope would be pre-defined, the client cannot compel you to work more without paying adequate compensation. The terms and conditions of the agreement will be visited for resolving any dispute that may surface up between you and the client.

The service agreement PDF has all the terms and conditions which usually feature in any contractual commitment signed by a freelancer and his/her client. You need not wrack your brains unnecessarily to figure out what should be present in the agreement and what must be avoided. Our agreement template lays the foundation of a just and mutually beneficial professional engagement in a hassle-free manner.

3. Content of a service agreement PDF

The agreement can act as a safeguard of your freelancing endeavor if properly drafted. The content can vary from one agreement to another, but broadly, the following points are included:

  • Name of parties involved in the project
  • Service delivery details or scope of work
  • Expectations of both the parties
  • Payment terms
  • Total compensation to be paid for the freelancing work
  • Period and frequency of work
  • Deadline for service delivery
  • Penalties to be imposed if service stipulations are not met
  • Legal clarifications
  • Components to be included in the work
  • Mode of delivery of the final service
  • Responsibilities of the client
  • Terms applicable if the client chooses to change the service requirements midway during the project
  • Number of reiterations or revisions of work to be done free of charge
  • Circumstances under which the client can terminate the agreement
  • Compensation payable in the event of termination
  • Advance charges payable to the freelancer
  • Non-disclosure or confidentiality terms
  • Ways to safeguard intellectual property
  • Warranties applicable

You can browse through the content of the freelance service agreement PDF on our site to get better insights into the content type.

4. Consequences of not using a proper service agreement PDF

A shabbily prepared agreement will never reflect your expectations clearly. Hence, you would remain confused and may be constrained to work more without getting adequate compensation. The absence of formal documents will prevent you from approaching a court of law to contest professional injustice.

The agreement would indemnify you or lessen the extent of punitive measures if losses incur to your client due to poor service quality, delay, or other factors. It is imperative that you use a well-designed draft like the service agreement PDF on our site to be insulated from loss of time or payment and plagiarism of your intellectual work.

It would be counter-intuitive if you don’t use an already available service agreement that comprehensively addresses all your aspirations and requirements. Get an edge over your client and flourish in your freelancing endeavor with our service agreement template.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about this template.

What is a Service Agreement?

A service agreement is an informal agreement between the service provider and client. It sets out expectations for the service, terms and conditions, as well as fees & payment method.

How is a service agreement different from a contract?

An informal agreement between 2 parties is called a service agreement. A formal written one is a service contract and is enforceable by law.

A service agreement is legally binding. You can use Bonsai's free service agreement template to save you the hassle of ensuring all legalities are included.

A service agreement is legally binding. You can use Bonsai's free service agreement template to save you the hassle of ensuring all legalities are included.

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Free Service Agreement (PDF)

Service Agreement

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

THIS SERVICES AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made effective as of [ENTER EFFECTIVE DATE] (the “Effective Date”), by and between: (1) [ENTER COMPANY NAME] (hereinafter the “Company”), located at [ENTER ADDRESS] and (2) [ENTER CLIENT NAME] (hereinafter the “Client”), located at [ENTER CLIENT ADDRESS] (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties,” and individually as a “Party”).

WHEREAS, Company possesses professional expertise in the field of [ENTER FIELD OF EXPERTISE], and offers its clients certain [ENTER FIELD OF EXPERTISE] services; and

WHEREAS, Client desires to engage Company and Company accepts the engagement to perform certain professional [ENTER FIELD OF EXPERTISE] services for Client in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements set forth herein, the Parties agree as follows:


Client hereby retains the services of Company to provide certain [ENTER FIELD OF EXPERTISE] services as defined herein (collectively the “Services”).


Company will provide the Services as defined below for Client in accordance with the defined compensation rates provided in Paragraph 4.

2.1 Client Contact.

Company’s principal Client contact during the term of this Agreement will be:


2.2 Services Description.

Company shall provide the following Services to Client: [ENTER SERVICES DESCRIPTION].


This Agreement is effective upon the date signed, and shall remain in effect until [ENTER ENDING DATE] (the “Term”).

3.1 Survival.

The Client’s obligations under the following paragraphs shall survive the expiration of this Agreement: Paragraphs 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 17.


In consideration for the Services, Client shall pay Company as follows: [ENTER COMPENSATION STRUCTURE]. All fees paid by Client to Company are non-refundable. All fees paid by Client to Company shall be paid via [ENTER PAYMENT METHOD].

4.1 Authorized Expenses.

Client will reimburse Company for all reasonable expenses incurred by Company in performing the Services pursuant to this Agreement, only if Company receives written consent via email from an authorized representative of Client prior to incurring such expenses and submits receipts for such expenses to Client.

4.2 Contingencies.

Client acknowledges and agrees that fees and/or costs for Services are NOT contingent upon achieving any particular goals, metrics, and/or operating results.

4.3 Payments.

Client shall pay all authorized expense invoices upon receipt of a submitted invoice from Company. In the event Client fails to pay any portion of an invoice within [X DAYS TO PAY] business days of receipt of an invoice from Company, a late payment penalty of [LATE FEE PERCENTAGE] will be assessed for every week (including partial weeks) such payment is delayed.


If the Client wishes to change the services that Company is providing hereunder, or wants to obtain additional services not covered by this Agreement, then the Client shall advise Company and Company shall submit a new services agreement for Client’s approval. No such service request shall be binding unless and until it has been approved and has been signed by Company and Client.


Company is an independent contractor with respect to its relationship to Client. Neither Company nor Company’s employees and/or agents are or shall be deemed for any purpose to be employees of Client. Client shall not be responsible to Company, Company’s employees and/or agents, or any governing body for any payroll taxes related to the performance of the Services.


Under no circumstances shall Company be liable to Client or any third party for indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages (even if that party has been advised of the possibility of such damages), arising from the Services herein contemplated or any provision of this Agreement, such as, but not limited to, loss of revenue or anticipated profit or lost business, costs of delay or failure of delivery, or liabilities to third-parties arising from any source. Company’s total liability hereunder shall be limited to the fees paid by Client to Company for the Services (excluding any amounts paid by Client to Company which were utilized to pay for third-party services).


Client agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Company and its officers, directors, agents, affiliates, distributors, representatives, and employees from any and all third-party claims, demands, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses resulting from Client’s material breach of any duty, representation or warranty under this Agreement.


Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Company makes no and disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose with respect to the Services to the extent permitted by applicable law. Client hereby disclaims that it is relying upon or has relied upon any representations or warranty not included in this Agreement that may have been made by any person, and acknowledges and agrees that Company disclaims any such other representations and warranties.


Client shall not, directly or indirectly, during the term of this Agreement and for a period of twelve (12) months following its termination, induce or influence any employee of Company or any other person or entity to terminate their relationship with Company.


This Agreement is not assignable, in whole or in part, by Client without the prior written consent of Company. Any attempt to make such an assignment shall be void.


In any legal action between the Parties concerning this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.


If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining portions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and construed so as to best effectuate the original intent and purpose of this Agreement.


This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of [ENTER STATE], without regard to conflict of laws rules. Venue shall be in a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of [ENTER STATE], and both Parties expressly consent to jurisdiction in such courts.


This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings between the Parties for performance of the Services and constitutes the complete agreement and understanding between the Parties. The Parties may only amend this Agreement in a written document signed by both Parties.


This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument. For purposes of this Agreement, use of a facsimile, e-mail, or other electronic medium shall have the same force and effect as an original signature.


Client grants Company permission to use Client’s name and logo in any marketing materials of Company.


A Party shall not be considered in breach of or in default under this Agreement on account of, and shall not be liable to the other Party for, any delay or failure to perform its obligations hereunder by reason of fire, earthquake, flood, explosion, strike, riot, war, terrorism, or similar event beyond that Party’s reasonable control (each a “Force Majeure Event”); provided, however, if a Force Majeure Event occurs, the affected Party shall, as soon as practicable: (a) notify the other Party of the Force Majeure Event and its impact on performance under this Agreement; and (b) use reasonable efforts to resolve any issues resulting from the Force Majeure Event and perform its obligations hereunder.


First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.