Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating contracts, part of Freelancing Foundations (2013).
When someone says they want to hire you for a project, you'll need to agree on…a wide variety of points, what you'll do, how long it'll take, and what you'll get in return.…If you don't write it all down, you're in trouble before you even start.…That's what contracts are for.…If you get work from a large organization that regularly uses freelancers,…there's a good chance that they'll already have a contract for you. But very few…small companies are that prepared and when starting out in your freelance…career, a lot of your clients will probably be small companies.…
So it's wise to have a generic contract ready that you can edit to suit…individual clients as needed.…Again, I can't give you specifics, because they change from place to place.…Also, I'm not a lawyer so I can't give you legal advice, but here are some…overarching themes to get you started.…The essence of a contract is in two elements, Agreement and Consideration.…The agreement part is where you spell out what you're going to do, and then the…
A bonus chapter covers common questions freelancers have when entering the field.
- What is freelancing?
- Defining your career goals
- Funding your startup
- Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
- Setting prices
- Finding work through agencies
- Getting referrals
- Working with time and project management tools
- Increasing your rates
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 3/20/2013. What changed?
A: We added a bonus chapter that covers common questions freelancers have when entering the field, such as "How do I use Craigslist or other job boards to grow my freelance business?" and "How do I find clients?"
1. Making Plans
2. Marshaling Resources
3. Satisfying Requirements
Creating contracts4m 23s
4. Handling Money
5. Getting Clients
6. Doing the Work
7. Managing Time
8. Keeping the Business Healthy
Next steps2m 5s
10. Bonus Chapter: Q&A on Freelancing
Freelancing Q&A12m 42s
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