Congratulations! You have successfully gotten hired by a client on FreeUp.
What happens now?
There are a few things you can do to ensure you and the client will work together successfully. In this blog, we will discuss how and why you should create a written contract to ensure a successful freelance career.
First, Follow Up
You just nailed an interview with a potential client. What do you do next?
Start by sending a follow up email to the client:
- Thank the client for their time
- Recap everything you discussed during the interview
- Send the client the link to where they can hire you on the platform
- Include this link: https://timeclock.freeeup.com/client/ticket?ticketId=INSERTTICKETNUMBER
Here is an example of a good follow up email:
After the client clicks the magical “hired” button, it’s time to get to work on a written contract.
What exactly is a contract?
It is a legally binding contract between 2 parties. It should be written after an initial agreement and before any work begins.
Why is a written agreement important?
- Helps avoid billing issues or client disputes
- You and the client are on the same page regarding hours to be billed, hourly rate, and the scope of work
- It is clear what the expected hours and productivity are
- Creates project milestones so the client can approve the project along the way
- Helps create a relationship with the client based on clear communication
A written agreement is imperative to a successful project.
What Should You Include In A Contract?
The specific components of a contract can vary depending on your industry. However, they should all contain a few of the same components.
Every basic contract should include:
- Names of both parties and contact information
- The scope of the project
- Your job duties and hourly rate
- Payments occur weekly on Thursday’s through PayPal or Payoneer
- Length of the project and deadlines
- Refund policy
- In most cases, since you are being paid by the client to do the work, the contract will grant them full rights to the project
- Confidential information: While working for your clients, you may receive access to confidential information such as logins and passwords, customer information, etc.
- You should include a section in the contract forbidding the use or disclosure of this information once the project is over
As you can see, it is extremely important to discuss and sign a contract before starting work with your clients.
You should send a copy of the contract to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also be cc’d on any communication between you and the client.
Now you have all of the skills to create successful contracts for your clients!