Years ago, when I first started building websites, I would do everything by word of mouth. I never really understood the need for a contract, but that was before everything started going sideways one piece at a time. I’ve been screwed over more times that I can count. If you neglect to protect yourself, the same could happen to you. There are many ways you can do this, but it will almost always require documentation. What does that mean?

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS

When you work with other freelancers and agencies on a project, it’s a great idea to include NDAs. Because of my crap history, anytime I have a great idea and want to discuss it with someone, I ALWAYS have them sign an NDA.

SIGN OFFS

Having clients sign off on designs will help you in the forward movement of the projects. When you do wireframes and mockups, or even complete a project, it’s always a good idea to have the client sign off so that they know exactly where the project stands.

STATEMENT OF WORK / PROPOSALS

When you use the Statement of Work or a Proposal, you are using a legally bindnig contract. This will protect you, and it will also clearly help you outline everything for the project. For example, you would have sections like:

  • Background
  • Scope
  • Deliverables
  • Components
  • Objectives
  • Tasks
  • Timeline
  • Cost

Having these in a visually appealing way is a great selling point for you. I personally, use Better Proposals. When I upgraded my life to use this software, I was instantly forced to change the way I operate to provide a…Better Proposal. If you guys are interested, you can check the link to the Better Proposals website below.

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