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Becoming A Freelance Copywriter: What To Know About Your Contract


You have decided to launch a career as a freelance copywriter. The idea of working for yourself is exciting and allows you to express your creative side for profit. That being said, you have to look at all of this from a business standpoint. You are providing service to a client with every expectation of being paid. It only makes sense to have a contract to protect yourself. This does not mean that your client is unethical, but you should be working under terms that are acceptable to both of you. The contract should have a few common features and you need to know about these so that they are included in the document.

  • An Established Rate of Compensation. This can vary with the type of project, but you ought to have in writing how much the hourly or piece rate is going to be. While you do not want to overprice yourself, you should be sure what you charge covers your expenses with a little extra as a profit margin.

  • Defined Expectations. This covers a few of the procedures you will follow in getting the job done. It would include the number of revisions, the deadlines, and the delivery of the finished product.

  • Payment. You specify in this part of the contract how your compensation is going to be submitted to you. This can it be by direct wire to a bank account, or perhaps to a PayPal account you established. You also can indicate when the payment is to be delivered. Something you can do to help a client out is to specify that the payment is to be done by the fifth day of the following month. That way, your client is able to accrue any monthly interest on the sum and you still get your money in a timely fashion.

  • Copyright. Your client will want to have ownership of the finished copy and in the contract, you agree to surrender your ownership in return for prompt payment.

Contracts remove a lot of confusion for freelance person. Both parties know what is expected and when both payment and delivery will occur. There is a sense of security that is much stronger than a verbal agreement or handshake. You want a client’s business, but you also have a right to terms and conditions as well as payment. The contract clarifies everything so that when the signatures are added, the work can commence.

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