Collaboration for Web Designers: Contracts Baby

Sign at the dotted line and everything will be okay, right? Well, not exactly. Contracts provide a sort of accountability between web designers and clients. A one sentence summary of a contract usually looks like this, “Web designer will complete project according to spec, within budget and on time as the client will provide whatever resources necessary to help meet those terms.”.  However, contracts don’t always close with happy endings.

Boilerplate Contracts

These are contracts that have been pre-made for customization by whomever uses them. Often they are so well thought out that involving a lawyer to tighten it up isn’t necessary. Although I am not suggesting that you not use a lawyer for legal matters.

The benefit in using boilerplate contracts is that it gives you a starting point. Without much work it gives you a succinct resource of how web designers should carry themselves, legally. If you do a google search you will get examples here and there. If you read over them you see that they’re fairly simple. Simplicity is a staple of running a good freelance operation. You’re only one person (or two?), so creating platforms that only complicate as opposed to simplify will only slow you down.

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Contracts are all about watching your back and keeping the correlating parties on the same page. If you fail to employ standards that keep you safe on legal fronts, then you’ll end up losing integrity and it will be hard to keep clients and even harder to get new ones.

Some resources for ya.

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