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Do I need a contract to sell my web design services?

  • # March 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Great article @CrocoDillon

    # March 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    @CrocoDillon, yea this article help allot

    # March 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

    For those of you looking for contracts online instead of hiring your own lawyer, Docracy is a great resource with legal documents for web designers.

    # March 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Sweet find, @chrisburton.

    # March 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    @TheDoc It was in my bookmarks bar the whole time.

    # March 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Bookmarked Chris, thnx! By the way I have [this contract](https://gist.github.com/malarkey/4031110) from Andy Clarke bookmarked a while ago as well, for comparison if nothing else. Seems it’s on docracy as well.

    # March 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks guys – very helpful tips!

    # March 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    This is the kind of stuff I rarely see on dev sites, deff worth looking at for everyone who does development. Thanks again @chrisburton and @CrocoDillon for sharing and @mitso for sparking this convo.. I totally bookmarked a couple things after this post.

    # April 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    i love this! there is no year attached to the post dates, so I am not sure how late I am to the party, but this is gold. Thanks to everyone for such valuable information.

    what do you guys feel about friend of friends? I was asked a while ago to do a website, and I told them $15 an hour. This price was based on my own insecurities, as well as wanting to do a favor. I haven’t heard much from them, but recently they asked if they could do a payment plan. Based on the time it takes them to get back to me, I don’t have a good feeling about it. So a couple of questions:

    1. Are payment plans a good idea?

    2. Is it wrong to raise the rate? No contracts have been signed yet.

    # April 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I can’t really dive into this right now in detail but $15 is really low. Most contracts are based on some sort of payment plan. Usually 50% upfront.

    # April 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I feel like $15 is too low also lol, but is it okay to tell them my rates have changed?

    is that 50% of an estimated cost?

    # April 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    is that 50% of an estimated cost?

    I think once you’ve been doing this for a while you sort of know how much time a project will take you. A contract helps keep things on schedule but that’s not to say issues don’t come up. Many freelancers ask for 50% upfront. This is also used as a “kill fee”. This way, if the people who’ve hired you back out or have to cancel for any reason, you still get paid for what you’ve done.

    As a freelancer, you don’t receive the same perks of a 401k or health benefits that come with a corporate position . You have to provide that yourself. Do you think working for $15/hr will benefit you after thinking about those things? What about rent or mortgage payments? Food? Internet? Software? Retirement? These are all the things that you need to run a business and survive.

    # April 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    good advice. Thank you very much.

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