Web Design Contract
Well, I have seen a lot in this career, as 8 years in business can give you a very good experience in dealing with the tool, it also gives you experience in dealing with clients, I have seen a lot of types of customers, and I won’t lie, I have been deceived from many of them, doing work for days and not getting paid for it is the worst feeling you can get in this career and unfortunately, it happens a lot to web developers and designers…
Two things can help you not falling in this trap, one is down payment and the other is a well written contract, In this article I will talk here about writing the contract
There are many things to write into a web design contract and you might even remember some other ones after you read the article, but the ones I am going to name here are hugely important and should not be missing from the deal between you and the employer. This contract might save you from some stress, time and money, so it’s necessary that you put a lot of work into a draft and use it whenever you need it.
The title is short and says it all. You have to be sure you will get the money at the end of the project. In the end, you trade your time and skills for cash. Moreover, you also have to make sure you will get the payment in time.Write down how you expect to get paid (cash, credit card, bank transfer) and specify the necessary information from the beginning. You will not hear excuses like “I didn’t know your Bank account number”, and the employer will know from the beginning what is expected from him.
3- Payment terms
if the project will take more than 4 weeks I recommend dividing the payments with written milestones, first define the milestones, and on each milestone mention that will be a payment and define it, that will help your client has expectations about the payment dates beforehand..
4- Define the final product
It is important to name from the beginning the exact product you will deliver. Nothing more, nothing less. Will you offer the PSD files as well, the Design Brief in print and PDF, the website on a CD or stick and so on. Do not leave this important information out. Keep it simple and do not forget that not all of your clients are tech-savvy, therefore keep the jargon out.
5- Emergency terms
what happens if you get sick, should the client pay? should he wait for milestone? should you payback ? you need to mention all that, also what happens if a milestone was delayed because of the client himself being busy or traveled?
Another clause you should introduce is the cancellation clause. In some of your projects it is very likely that you will not want to continue working, therefore it might be in the interest of both parties to stop the collaboration. Be very specific about what happens with the payment in this case and always break up in good terms.Before sending the contract to be signed by the client, read it again one more time and make sure this is really what you want. See if it’s possible that a clause will create a lot of stress for you at some point in time and modify it. Do not forget, it is always you that has to offer the client a contract. Most of them will not have this idea themselves, because they know that having the money means having the power. Therefore because you are the one to submit the contract, first make sure it fits your needs.
Having a contract to secure your payment at the end of a project is always a good idea and I do not recommend working on big or complex assignments without a signed deal. Sure, there may be some clients that will reject your offer of signing a contract, but just think about it, are those clients the ones you would like to work with?