Write a Contract


Print and Fill Contract Template: ContractForGraphicDesigners

PDF Form Contract Templates: LiveContractForGraphicDesigners

(Bonus Download, Original Source Here / Not an Ofazomi.org Document: AIGA Standard Contract)

I am not a lawyer, business consultant, member of the SBA or in any conceiveable way qualified to offer advice on business, contracts or law. Do not trust me. I offer no implied warranties or expertise. The sample above is just that, a sample. Be sure to contact your local county and/or city clerk, state taxation authority, business lawyer, cpa and all applicable laws before coming up with your own contracts. Got it? Good.

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Many students begin their freelancing careers without even a boilerplate contract. Above is my show and tell.

Be sure to click on the Contract Addendums (addendum=add on) link above the initial box to check out all the clauses, sub-clauses and other santa related jargon. I have folks review this as additional pages because it’s too darn dense for a clean, one page summary agreement.

It is highly recommended that you not start any job until you have received a non-refundable, 25% – 35% downpayment. I have set up a PayPal account to accept payments. They skim 3% off the top but I recommend it for a few of reasons.

  1. PayPal emails me the second cash is put into my bank account.
  2. I have an dated 3rd-party record of payment.
  3. Clients must pay me via credit or debit card. Why? Bounced checks stink for everybody.

I choose to automate my contract for the same reason I use PayPal. It offers instant confirmation of signature and offers the benefit of outside party date-stamping and verifiability.

There used to be a sample here but a malicious individual (yes, you: world.pokerMas.terUkraine) thought it would be fun to thrash around while I was on vacation. The clean up took far too long and I am pulling the whole thing down. If you would like a sample, please contact me and I am overjoyed to share.

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