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Freelance Contract

Prepared for:
[Client Name]

Prepared by:
[Freelancer Name]
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Freelance Contract

This Freelance Contract ("Contract") is entered into and shall stand effective as on [Effective Date] ("Effective Date")

By and Between 

[Client Name] ("Client"), having its principal place of business at [Client Address], and;

[Freelancer Name] ("Freelancer"), having its principal place of business at [Freelancer Address]

The Client and the Freelancer shall be collectively referred to as "Parties" and individually as "Party".

WHEREAS the Client wishes to hire the Freelancer for [Mention the purpose];

AND WHEREAS the Freelancer agrees to provide the Freelance Services to the Client as per the terms and conditions of this Contract.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants between the Parties hereto, they agree as follows:
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Terms and Conditions

1. Scope of Work

The Client has hired the Freelancer for rendering the services ("Services") as mentioned below:

  • [Description of Services]

2. Deliverables

The Freelancer agrees upon the following deliverables for the Client:

  • [Content Creation]
  • [Blogging/Articles]
  • [Website Content]
  • [Social media content]
  • [Add more such list of Deliverables]

3. Schedule

This Contract shall start on the effective date and shall continue for a period of [Time Period] unless extended upon the mutual consent of both Parties or until the termination of this Contract. The Freelancer agrees to provide a total of [Number of Hours] every [Day/week/month] for the Client's work.

4. Pricing and Payment

The [Daily/weekly/monthly] fee for freelance services shall be charged as per the following table:
Services
Pricing
[Social Media Content]
$[0.00]
[Blogging/Articles]
$[0.00]
[Content Creation]
$[0.00]
[Add more such services]
$[0.00]
Total
$[0.00]
All fees shall be invoiced [Weekly/bi-weekly/monthly] to the Client. The Client shall make the payment against these invoices to the Freelancer within [Time Period] upon receiving such invoices. The mode of payment shall be [Cash/cheque/credit card] or any other payment mode as mutually agreed by the Parties.

5. Client's Obligations

  • The Client shall provide the necessary information, materials, and any such documents that are required for the Freelancer to conduct the services. 
  • The Client shall address the queries of the Freelancer without delay;
  • The Client shall authorize the Freelancer to use the relevant information, content, logos and other data that will be needed to render the services under this Contract.
  • [Add more such responsibilities];

6. Freelancer's Obligations

The Freelancer agrees to render the following responsibilities:

  • Create content for all the social media posts regularly;
  • Provide articles as requested by the Client;
  • [Add more such responsibilities];

7. Representations and Warranties

  • The Freelancer represents and warrants that it has the right to enter into this Contract and perform the services. 
  • The Freelancer agrees and further represents that the freelance services conducted are not owned by anyone else without the Freelancers’ knowledge.
  • The Freelancer hereby represents to have the expertise, knowledge, experience, and all the mandatory certificates, and permits needed to render the said services.
  • In addition, the Freelancer shall conform to moral, ethical, and relevant professional standards pertaining to the delivery of services in course of executing all the obligations and services under this Contract.
  • The Client acknowledges that the Freelancer shall not be held responsible for any hindrance which is out of the scope and responsibility of the Freelancer to control or avoid. 

8. Termination

This Contract may be terminated by either Party as follows:

  • Upon [Number of Days] days prior written notice to the other Party, from the last date of this Contract as stipulated in the Schedule mentioned above, with or without cause
  • Upon the breach of any terms and conditions mentioned herein the Contract
  • Upon completion of the Services by the Freelancer and full payment by the Client.

9. Confidentiality

During the term of this Contract, the Client shall share information that includes trade secrets, industry knowledge, and other confidential information to the Freelancer in order to complete the freelance services. The Freelancer will not disclose any of the shared information at any time to any third party(s) or for any personal or other benefits. 
This Confidentiality clause shall survive even after the termination of the Contract.

10. Ownership Rights

  • All intellectual property rights arising out of the services rendered to the Client exclusively shall become the property of the Client upon completion of the services and full payment to the Freelancer.
  • All rights, title, and interest that the Parties owned prior to the Effective Date, that is created, developed or used in the performance of this Contract, shall at all times remain owned by the respective Parties.

11. Non-Compete

The Freelancer undertakes to refrain from participating in competition with the Client's Company, including and not limited to, as an employee, agent, partner, consultant, during the term of this Contract and for [Time Period] after the termination of this Contract. 

12. Indemnification

Both the Parties agree to indemnify and hold each other harmless for any losses, damages, or liabilities, without limitation.

13. Relationship of Parties

Both Parties understand and agree that the Freelancer is an independent contractor and shall not establish any partnership or employer-employee relationship.

14. Limitation of Liabilty

The Freelancer's liability, whether in Contract, tort, or otherwise, for any loss or damage suffered by the Client shall be limited to direct damages only and limited to the amount paid by the Client.

15. Arbitration

In the event of any dispute arising in and out of this Contract between the Parties, it shall be resolved by Arbitration. There shall be [Number of Arbitrators] which shall be appointed by [Party(s) Name]. The place of Arbitration shall be [Place of Arbitration] and Seat shall be [State]. The arbitrators’ decision shall be final and will be binding upon both Parties.

16. Miscellaneous

  1. Assignment: Neither Party shall assign this Contract or the rights and obligations thereunder to any third party without the prior express written approval of the other Party, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
  1. Governing Law: The Contract herein shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of [State].
  1. Legal and Binding Contract: This Contract is legal and binding between the Parties as stated above. This Contract may be entered into and is legal and binding in the [State/Court/Region]. The Parties each represent that they have the authority to enter into this Contract.
  1. Amendments: The terms mentioned herein the Contract shall not be reformed, modified, or changed without the prior written consent of the respective parties.
  1. Counterparts: This Contract is subject to be executed in counterparts, singly or as a whole, all of which shall constitute the meaning of a single Contract.
  1. Inclination: The Parties must acknowledge that this Contract hereinafter is solely for the benefit of the parties undersigned and serves no inclination to any party, nor is intended to confer any rights or remedies in favor of any person, party, or affiliate, other than the parties duly undersigned and their members.
  1. Notices: Any all notices to the Parties, physical or digital, shall be made to the respective parties through their certified mailing address or email as is mentioned in the Contract herein strictly in [Language].
  1. Entirety: This Contract and other annexures, therefore, constitute the Entire Contract between the Parties concerning the matter of subject hereof and thus, supersedes all prior Agreements, purchases, understandings, and negotiations, written or phonated, between the Parties.
  1. Force Majeure: Neither Party shall be liable for any failure in performance of the obligation under this Contract due to cause beyond that party's reasonable control (including and not limited to any pandemic, fire, strike, act or order of public authority, and other acts of God) during the pendency of such event.
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Acceptance and Signature

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Parties agree to the terms and conditions set forth above as demonstrated by their signatures as follows:
[Freelancer Name]

[Client Name]
Signature
Assign signer 1
Name
Assign signer 1
Date
Assign signer 1
Signature
Assign signer 2
Name
Assign signer 2
Date
Assign signer 2
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8 Important Clauses to Include in a Freelance Contract

Freelancing is a tempting way to get out of the regular 9 to 5 job and work according to one’s flexibility. However, a freelancer should be very careful while taking up any freelance business or work and should make sure that they have a contract in place before starting the work. A freelance contract will help and protect the freelancer and their hard work during any critical situation. For instance, if the client canceled the work at the last moment, and denied to pay for the completed work, then this can affect the freelancer’s business. To avoid such situations, it is better to take some time and sign a freelance contract before starting any work.

What is a freelance contract?

A freelance contract is a legal document signed between a freelancer (or an independent contractor) and a company or client who wants to avail the freelance services. The freelance contract explains the terms and conditions of the business relationship.

It is also known as an independent contractor agreement. This contract sets out all the terms of responsibilities and expectations between both parties over a certain project. With this contract in hand, the parties can be assured about the work and the timeframe under which it should be completed.

Do freelancers need a contract?

Yes, every freelancer should sign a contract with their new client before starting the work. An oral agreement may seem easier, but a written agreement has more value in the court. As well as when any disagreement happens between the freelancer and the client, a written contract will protect both parties.

For instance, if the freelancer has delivered the work on time and the client has denied paying for the work (normally referred to as nonpayment), in such cases, prior written consent can be used as a reference to question the client or take any legal action. In the same way, if the freelancer fails to provide certain services and is still demanding complete payment, in such situations, a client can take any legal advice with the contract in hand.

Apart from this, there are few other benefits of having a freelance contract, and those are:

  • Detailed information: A contract includes all the details about the project explained by the client and the services that the freelancer is going to provide.
  • Payment terms: A freelance contract usually has a clear payment term and a pricing section. Under the pricing section, all the costs of the services are being mentioned, and under the payment section, the day and date of payment are mentioned.
  • Maintains confidentiality: The ultimate benefit of having a contract is that it guarantees the confidentiality of sensitive information that either party may be exposed to in due course of work.

What are the types of freelance contracts?

The best way to protect one’s business or work is through signing a contract before the freelance projects or retainer work begins. However, each type of freelance work has a different type of contract. Below are the few majorly used freelance contracts:

  • Letter of agreement: It is an informal variation of a freelance contract. It is mostly used by individual freelancers or small businesses. However, it outlines the terms and conditions that are open for negotiations. It is mainly used between friends, co-workers, or someone close.
  • Non-disclosure agreement: A nondisclosure agreement is usually signed when the clients don’t want the freelancer to give away any confidential information about the business to any third parties.
  • Formal contract: A client provides this formal contract to the freelancer, especially when there is a scope for a long term business relationship. This contract is legally vetted, and a freelancer must read and understand the terms and conditions before signing the contract.
  • Non-compete agreement: In this type of contract, a freelancer has to agree that they will not go against the client’s business or compete with them during the course of work. Sometimes, the duration might extend even after the work is finished.
  • Statement of work: This contract outlines the major terms and conditions in a work arrangement such as what are services offered by the freelancer. It is not much detailed (or legalese), unlike the other formal contracts. It just gives clarity on the work arrangement between the freelancer and the client.

What should be included in a freelance contract?

Contracts protect both freelancers and the client against unforeseen situations. They reduce the room for misunderstandings between the parties. However, before signing a contract, it is essential to know about the major terms and conditions that are included in the contract:

  • Scope of work: This term outlines the scope of the project. It defines what the project is, and what are the expectations of the clients. Sometimes, a client might also want to include some additional work like assigning some extra-tasks or asking for certain add-ons; this is usually known as scope creep. It is always important to mention such additional tasks in a contract to avoid future confusion.
  • Deliverables: This section outlines all the services, and warranties that the freelancer is providing the client under the promised time.
  • Pricing and rates: Under this section, a freelancer should list out all pricing terms, such as what are the services and what is the cost per service.
  • Payment terms: In this section, the freelancer and the client get clarity about the payment schedule, like what is the total amount for the work done, when the payment should be made, which payment method should be used, what can be done during a late payment, and whether there is any kind of advance payment the client should make while hiring the freelancer.
  • Deadline: This element gives a clear picture of the deadlines under which the freelancer should provide the work. It also mentions the effective date of the contract and the end date of the contract.
  • Termination clause: Under this term, the client and the freelancer get clarity about the termination policy. It mentions how a contract can be terminated, under which conditions it can be terminated, how to provide the written notice, and what will be the notice period for this.
  • Ownership of intellectual property: This clause talks about the ownership of the intellectual property that the freelancer possesses. Unless it is mentioned in the contract, the intellectual property rights will remain intact with the freelancer.
  • Miscellaneous: Here, all other important clauses and terms of this contract are included such as governing law (like under which laws of the state the contract is enforceable), severability, waiver, and force majeure clauses.

Why should freelancers use Revv?

Freelancing is a risky endeavor, having a contract in place will always protect the freelancer as well as the client. However, it can be too difficult to draft a contract every time when a potential client comes up. To prevent this type of situation and make contract signing easy, it is wise to use Revv’s document management system.

Benefits of using Revv:
  • Revv has all the different types of freelance contract templates and all the templates are legally vetted, easy to customize, and comes with an in-built eSignature feature to close the deal in seconds.
  • Now a freelancer doesn’t require to send a different invoice for their service. Using Revv, the freelancer can directly integrate the payment method into the freelance agreement template and connect it with their Stripe or PayPal account and send it to their client for payment.

Now, a freelancer can easily use such exciting features just by signing up in Revv!