All You Need To Know About Freelance Writing Contracts


For some reason, many writers avoid creating a freelance contract. Instead of worrying about legal documents, they immediately get started on a project. This is possibly one of the biggest mistakes that a writer makes. A contract is the best way to clarify details and ensure payments. It contains the schedule for the project as well as the number of revisions allowed.

Setting the Price


The main thing that most writers care about is the pay. Due to this, setting the rates should be the first thing that a writer does in a freelance contract. They should decide on the rates before the project begins. The pay could be a fixed or hourly rate. If the pay rate is fixed, the writer should discuss the number of revisions that are allowed in the pay rate. In hourly contracts, the writer should include a minimum and maximum number of hours that can be worked. While the minimum hours clause protects the writer, the maximum hours section will protect the client from paying for too many hours.

Choosing Milestones and Payment Options


For new clients, writers may charge an upfront fee before they begin the project. Even if the writer is protected through an escrow account, they should set detailed payment schedules. Often, the payment will be divided into three or four installments. The first payment is done upfront, the second payment is after the submission of the draft and the third payment is sent once all of the revisions are complete. In addition to setting up milestones, the writer should decide how the payment is to be made.

The Kill Fee


A client may begin a project and realize that they do not need the work after all. Instead of throwing away their hard work, writers should implement a kill fee in the contract. This will include an amount that the writer will be paid if the project is cancelled. Depending on the writer, this fee could range from 10 to 50 percent.

Always Choose a Single Point of Contact


Almost every writer has dealt with too many editors in the past. At larger companies, multiple people may provide feedback or editing requests to the client. These requests may conflict with each other. At the very least, they increase the amount of time that is spent doing revisions. Instead of wasting time with multiple people, the writer should write a clause that requires a single point of contact. This means that they only deal with one person from the organization, so any revision requests are streamlined.

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