So you've landed a client and it's time to get to work. You know it's important to clearly lay out the expectations of the project and protect yourself with a solid contract, but where do you start? In an ideal world, of course you would begin your freelance career with an iron-clad contract drafted by a certified professional specifically for you and your business*. However, we've all been in the position where that kind of legal work simply isn't feasible. Here are a couple of our favorite resources, so that you don't have to go without a contract if you can't afford a lawyer.


The Freelance Contract

Fair and secure work relationships need a contract. Not having one is dangerous for both parties and can lead to misunderstandings, false expectations and ultimately lost time and money.

But starting new work by discussing worst case scenarios can be a tough way to kick things off. That’s why a standard is needed.

AND CO and The Freelancers Union have created a standardized service agreement to help strong, fair work relationships get off the ground quickly.

Read More and Get Started


AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in 2013, it is modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

Read More and Get Started


* Are you ready to hire a lawyer to create a contract on your behalf? We're always thrilled to refer our friends to a couple of lawyers here in Portland who specialize in working with creative freelancers. 


Inspiration Spaceship

A law firm built by and for creative talent, Inspiration Spaceship concentrates on
effective legal representation that protects and supports creative endeavors. 

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Work Made for Hire

At Work Made for Hire, Katie Lane helps freelancers and creative businesses handle their legal problems and negotiate like rock stars.

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