Pros and Cons of Contracts for Freelancers

Do I need a contract for this project? If you are wondering that take a look at the pros and cons and maybe you’ll find the answer.

Yes to a contract because it:


can help to assure that both sides agree on the terms of the project.
clearly define payment date, number of revisions, and the answers to numerous other questions that might appear during the course of the project.
may provide you legal protection.
conveys that you are a professional running a business.
protects you from changes in the scope of work.

No to a contract because it:


is unnecessary if the project is too small.
may cause you to lose some clients who don’t want to go to the trouble of signing a formal agreement.
can delay the start of a project.
may take you more time to prepare and sign it than the actual work on the project.

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