Free Contract Templates and Agreements

Browse 100+ fully legal business contracts.

A solid contract is the backbone of any business relationship between two parties. It helps you streamline your workflow by defining clear contract terms and all associated legal documentation.

Whether you need a professional services agreement or an employment contract, you need a solid template to help you save on hefty lawyer fees and legal advice.

With Bonsai you can create custom, legal contracts in minutes using one of our sample templates below. Pick a template, add your terms and conditions and send it off to be signed electronically using Bonsai's online signature maker.

If you're completely new to contracts, check our top tips guide on how to write a contract.

Digital Marketing Contract Template
Digital Marketing Contract Template

Signing a digital marketing contract template with all clients is a great way to ensure your work is protected.

Graphic Design Contract Template
Graphic Design Contract Template

Writing graphic design contracts is one of the best practices for protecting yours and your client's interest.

Video Production Contract Template
Video Production Contract Template

For all video production projects it is recommended to sign custom video production contracts which include all relevant details.

Artist Contract Template
Artist Contract Template

Use the artist contract template whenever you work with clients, no matter how big or small the project is.

Social Media Contract Template
Social Media Contract Template

A social media marketing contract template is the perfect way to ensure a bullet-proof relationship with clients.

Virtual Assistant Contract Template
Virtual Assistant Contract Template

Signing a virtual assistant contract template is ideal even for the smallest tasks. Such a contract protects both parties involved.

Brand Ambassador Contract Template
Brand Ambassador Contract Template

A brand ambassador contract template should capture the details of the project and must be signed before work starts.

Virtual Assistant Contract Template
Logo Design Contract Template

Whenever a logo design project is protected by a logo design contract template both parties feel safe and are protected.

Influencer Contract Template
Influencer Contract Template

An influencer contract template is a must have for every new client. It's imperative for the contract to be signed before work begins.

Video Editing Contract Template
Video Editing Contract Template

Use the video editing contract template for even the smallest task in order to ensure the gig goes as initially discussed.

Illustration Contract Template
Illustration Contract Template

The illustration contract template must capture every detail discussed in person or over email for the work to be protected and for both parties to be safe.

Marketing Agency Contract Template
Marketing Agency Contract Template

Signing a marketing agency contract template with clients is both professional and essential for a fruitful relationship.

Software Development Contract Template
Software Development Contract Template

The software development contract template is a must for any project, big or small. Both parties should sign before work begins.

UX Contract Template
UX Contract Template

Ensure a bullet-proof collaboration with new clients by signing a UX contract template when the project starts.

Web Design Contract Template
Web Design Contract Template

A web design contract template is a great way of capturing all the important details of the project.

Interior Design Contract Template
Interior Design Contract Template

The interior design contract template is recommended for every new client, big or small.

Makeup Artist Contract Template
Makeup Artist Contract Template

A makeup artist contract template is a must-have for every collaboration. It ensures correct payment and protects your work.

Freelance Contract Template
Freelance Contract Template

A freelance contract template is flexible and can be adapted for any type of work. Just make sure it is signed before any work is done for the client.

Graphic Design Retainer Contract Template
Graphic Design Retainer Contract Template

For graphic design retainer relationships, signing such a contract template is the perfect way to avoid late payments.

Web Development Contract Template
Web Development Contract Template

Protect your work and avoid any scope creep by using a web development contract template for every project.

Animation Contract Template
Animation Contract Template

Get peace of mind by signing the animation contract template with every client, even if the task is a quick one. Avoid late payments and protect your work.

Branding Contract Template
Branding Contract Template

A branding contract template is a great way of capturing all the details of the project and mentioning how and when you're going to be paid.

Monthly Retainer Contract Template
Monthly Retainer Contract Template

Whenever clients accept a retainer, make sure to draft and sign a monthly retainer agreement template with him/her.

Copywriter Contract Template
Copywriter Contract Template

For any writing job, signing a copywriter contract template is essential for protecting both the writer and the client.

Freelance Model Contract Template
Freelance Model Contract Template

A freelance model contract template is designed to capture the project details and to ensure on-time payment.

PPC Contract Template
PPC Contract Template

For any PPC campaign, make sure to sign a PPC contract template with client in order to avoid any later discussion.

Wordpress Design Contract Template
Wordpress Design Contract Template

The Wordpress design contract template is a great way of confirming the work with clients.

PPC Contract Template
Service Level Agreement Template

When establishing the service level with your new client, make sure to sue a service level agreement template in order to capture all of the relevant information and protect yourself.

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Standard Contract Template
This Contract is between Orange Computer Inc. (the "Client") and Less & More Design LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Business"). The Contract is dated [the date both parties sign].
1. PROJECT AND PAYMENT
1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Business to do the following: The Business will assist the Client in the information architecture (IA), user experience (UX), and user interface (UI) of their new website. This will include the home page and five additional static pages.

1.2 Schedule. The Business will begin work on September 1, 2019 and must finish the work by December 1, 2020.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Business a flat fee of $10,000.00 (USD). Of this, the Client will pay the Business $2,500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Business's expenses. Expenses must be pre approved by the Client. Reimbursement is subject to the following: The Business will be reimbursed to reasonable, pre-approved expenses, including but not limited to travel, materials costs, and research costs.

1.5 Invoices. The Business will invoice the Client for work done at the end of the project. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 5.0% per month on the outstanding amount.
2. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSES.
2.1 Client Owns All Work Product. As part of this job, the Business is creating “work product” for the Client. To avoid confusion, work product is the finished product, as well as drafts, notes, materials, mockups, hardware, designs, inventions, patents, code, and anything else that the Business works on—that is, conceives, creates, designs, develops, invents, works on, or reduces to practice—as part of this project, whether before the date of this Contract or after. The Business hereby gives the Client this work product once the Client pays for it in full. This means the Business is giving the Client all of its rights, titles, and interests in and to the work product (including intellectual property rights), and the Client will be the sole owner of it. The Client can use the work product however it wants or it can decide not to use the work product at all. The Client, for example, can modify, destroy, or sell it, as it sees fit.

2.2 Business's Use Of Work Product. Once the Business gives the work product to the Client, the Business does not have any rights to it, except those that the Client explicitly gives the Business here.

2.3 Credit For The Work Product. The Client is under no obligation to give credit to the Business each time it publishes the work product.

2.4 Business’s Help Securing Ownership. Down the road, the Client may need the Business’s help to show that the Client owns the work product or to complete the transfer. The Business agrees to help with that. For example, the Business may have to sign a patent application. The Client will pay any required expenses for this. If the Client can’t find the Business, the Business agrees that the Client can act on the Business’s behalf to accomplish the same thing. The following language gives the Client that right: if the Client can’t find the Business after spending reasonable effort trying to do so, the Business hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Client as the Business’s agent and attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act for the Business and on the Business’s behalf to execute, verify,
"I love using Bonsai, specifically for contracts. There's no printing, scanning and illegible handwriting. Just a smooth process that allows me to get started on a project sooner rather than later and makes me look professional to my clients. I can create my own or use the templates that have already been created, which has saved me so much time and hassle."
Claire Brooks
Creative Director & Graphic Designer at Betty Brooks

Create an account

First, set up a Bonsai account. The only information you need to enter is your name and email address.

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Click on "create contract"

Once signed into Bonsai, you can jump right into creating a contract by going to your Dashboard and choosing create a contract.

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Choose your industry

That takes you right to the first step in creating a contract, including a drop-down menu where you select your industry.

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Fill in the project details

Make sure you also insert a client name, type of project, choosing standard template, and then selecting template type. For this example, we are using a sample client, and a blog post contract template for a freelance writing business.

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Enter basic information

The next step will walk you through information for the contract, starting with your location, including which state in the United States.

You select whether you work through a company, and if you do, there are different company structures from which to choose, and then you insert the company name and your title.

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Describe the scope of work

Based on the choice of a writer doing a blog post, this section is auto-populated, but you can easily change the contents to describe what you will be doing for the client.

You can also attach a statement of work, which is another time-saver. You can have a variety of your standard work tasks saved and ready to be attached, which makes the contracts simple and easy to do, and any in-depth details about the work can be in the statement of work document.

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Include payment details

You can choose from a multitude of payment options, including a flat fee, milestones, and hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates.

If you choose milestones, for instance, you then add the amount and add the milestone dates, with the option to add as many as you need. If you choose hourly, you insert your rate. It’s so simple and flexible.

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Integrate your invoices

In the final step, you reap even greater benefits from the Bonsai system, because the contract you just created, complete with payment terms, is integrated with an invoicing system. That means your invoices are already done based on the contract.

You have the flexibility to decide whether or not you want the system to create the invoices, and whether or not you want them sent automatically. As stated, you can always review and edit them before they’re sent.

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Sign the contract

Once you’ve made all the edits and you’re ready to finalize the contract, sign contract is the final step.

Then, you will simply type in your name, and a signature is created with your email address below it.

You’re then ready to send the contract to your client. When they receive it, there’s a section for them to sign next to your e-signature, with the legal binding statement that means it’s official. You can start your work.

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Save as PDF

But you can do more, by choosing the More Options drop-down menu. If you haven’t yet sent the contract, you can un-sign it and edit it. You can duplicate it, delete it, and download it as a PDF.

If you choose View Project, you’ll get a dashboard that displays an overview, including the client’s name, invoices, time tracking and more. 

And, perhaps best of all, you can turn this contract into a contract template. Then you’ll be able to use this work time and again, for various clients and projects.

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Signing our contract templates electronically

So what about signing the contract, particularly in those instances where you and your client live in different locations and can’t meet? If an electronic contract template will serve your needs, how do you both sign it to create a legally binding document?

To deal with remote work, your contract template can have a page dedicated to signatures, with space for your signature and the client’s signature. 

In that instance, you could:

  1. Print the signature page
  2. Sign it yourself
  3. Scan it and email it to the client
  4. Have the client print the page
  5. Have the client sign it
  6. Have the client scan the document
  7. Have the client keep the document for themselves and send an electronic version to you.

This is more convenient, quicker and cheaper than mailing, but there’s a better solution: an e-signature.

An electronic signature is when an image of your signature is overlaid on a PDF document. It can be accomplished with a variety of different apps, and used on a variety of platforms. The technology allows you to add your signature to a PDF document.

That’s not the same as a digital signature, which is “cryptographically” secure and includes what’s known as a private signing key that verifies you have seen the document and authorized it. Bonsai prepared a guide on how to digitally sign a PDF.

For the purposes of a contract to undertake freelance work, an e-signature is legally binding and sufficient for you and your clients. The “E-Sign” Act (Electronic Signatures In Global And National Commerce Act) of 2000 provides a “general rule of validity for electronic records and signatures.”

To accomplish an e-signature, you’ll have to follow specific steps depending on the platform which you use to work. For instance, there are certain steps for Windows or Mac computers, and for iPhones and iPads or Android products. 

Once you get that done, you can use it as the final step in completing a contract with a client. Many businesses will be familiar with and use e-signatures, or your client may wish to follow the print-sign-scan-email steps, in which case you sign the document first and leave it to the client to complete.

And then there are systems that include an e-signature as part of a contract template, such as the Bonsai suite of freelance services.

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