Contracts and other paper work for graphic designers?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by definitive, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. definitive macrumors 68000

    definitive

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    Anyone have any suggestions and links for contacts between designer/client when working freelance? What kind of paper work is necessary, and what to look out for, etc.?

    no one here works with contracts?
     
  2. jhead macrumors newbie

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    Contracts/Legal Ease

    Beyond an hourly rate ... my experience in creating "scope-of-work" proposals, creative briefs, and payment contracts have led many potential clients to investigate their own expectations -- sometimes they happily return and sometimes they never call again.

    Generally, I've found freelance legal forms reveal who is serious about professional fees/payment and also who is going to be a serious PIA for payment.

    Here are a couple links that may help:
    http://www.creativepublic.com/pricing_your_projects.php
    http://www.creativelatitude.com/links/resources_downloads.html
    http://www.creativelatitude.com/links/links_business_forms.html
    http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/professional-resources -- membership req.

    Though dated -- the book: Business & Legal Forms for Graphic Designers by Tad Crawford may also assist you search for professional forms and legal.

    In addition to these links above, I do encourage wording for any freelance contract to include: "final file ownership", "kill fees", "scope slip", and "client-side deadlines".
     

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