5 Vital Areas To Check In A Freelancer’s Contract Of Agreement
If you decide to pursue a career in the freelance industry, there are many issues you have to be aware of aside from providing a solid proof of your relevant working experiences in your portfolio. One of the most important concerns you must be knowledgeable of is the content of any contract you would enter into, either as a solo contractor or working for an agency.
Being vigilant to the terms of work agreement you would commit to any prospective employer is highly needed for you to know the real scope of your responsibilities as well as protect yourself in cases wherein their would be conflict or misunderstanding between you and your employer.
Here are 5 vital areas to check in a freelancer’s contract of agreement:
1. Mode of payment
Freelancers have the option to choose the type of payment they would consider for any work or project offered, it maybe hourly or fixed rate. Depending on your selection, be sure to verify the employer’s track of record from previous contractors who have been hired. Gather feedbacks if you have the chance, but if you are affiliated with an outsourcing company, employers are also rated according to their payment history, so you are assured that the one you will choose is credible enough to pay for your work. Nowadays, most freelancers prefer the hourly rate because payment is already guaranteed the moment you log-in and start to work unlike in fixed contract where payment is made upon delivery or completion of the entire project.
2. Deadline of submission
This area is very vital in any project. Be sure to verify with your employer the exact time or date of submission, since, most freelancers work in any parts of the globe and time zone may vary from one place to another. Confirm with your employer the actual time in your place and at his/her place when the work must be completed. A professional freelancer must do everything in his/her power to comply with the due dates.
3. To give or not to give work samples
This is a very complicated issue to freelancers who are just starting their online careers and learning the route in the freelance market. Some employers request their potential contractors to submit work samples to prove their competency, especially if you don’t have enough portfolios to show which usually happens to freelance writers, logo designers and even data encoders. If you are put into a situation where the client asks for a sample with specific details of what he/she wants you to produce, you better think twice before sending one even before the contract is made. There are cases wherein some freelancers have already given samples for free, only to find out in the end that they are not even considered. If you feel your talent or skills are extremely good together with your portfolio, then, giving out a sample is out of the picture. There are employers who only use this opportunity for their own benefit.
4. Scope of work
Nothing beats a clearly defined list of job responsibilities or scope of work covered in your contract. If you have been hired as a virtual assistant, it would be a wise move to verify with your employer the actual scope of your work. Any additional work required from you outside the contract should already be charged to the employer.
5. Termination of contract
Some employers may end contracts without prior notice to the freelancer concerned. You must be prepared for the worst when you might not even receive any payments for partial work done, especially if you have a fixed contract. Communicate regularly with your employer and update him/her with your work. Ask feedback for any work submitted and offer revisions. By doing this, you are eliminating the possibility of your work being rejected.
Now, that you have learned the vital areas that should be included in any contract of agreement, I do hope you become wiser in choosing your projects. Remember, don’t just grab the very first contract just to gain experience or earn money. Read all the terms and if you see that it will benefit you most, then, go ahead give it a try. You might end up having a long-term employment with that employer. Be highly motivated with your freelance career and focus on any project accepted.