Media professionals are independent individuals who provide design, development, production, operations, sales, sales or media marketing services. The document of the agreed terms or the contract is to be sent to the freelancer, on paper or smoothly, for written approval. Many freelancers fly in this department without a safety net and choose to rely on agreements by mail or oral, without always making loopholes and defining the shadows within gigs. While some common standards may seem self-explanatory, most of the time it is important to clarify things. Your time is money. If an editor also wants help finding a search agent or publisher, that would fall within my “consultation” clause and is charged at my hourly rate in excess of our contract fees. It`s up to you to know how much “extra” or free work you want to do, but it`s worth reminding customers as part of the contract that you will charge for the time or services done outside the limits of the original project. This addendum to my original contract came in the strongest way – after a customer insisted after the services concluded that he wanted a copy processing when we had not accepted this service. Instead of burning this customer relationship, I kept working, I made a loss and I learned the lesson. This is another reason why you should be very clear and in advance with your customers in terms of the terms of the contract, so that you agree to carry out only the activities you wish to conclude (at the agreed price).
You can even have a rate sheet to add for other services, or just make sure you`ve included the language to charge for all other work outside the project limits with an additional rate. How to make a fair and progressive service contract by hiring media professionals. The first way to charge customers is called “fixed price” – simply specifying project costs based on the variables used for your service (number of x pages by number of pages; number of photos provided in x-time; a product determined for a specified dollar amount), which is essentially an estimate of the hours a project will last. For example: “The rate is $50/hour, no more than 20 hours.” or “The project is estimated to fall between $1500 and $2000, but not finished.” This can give the customer a sense of relief, but sometimes a fixed price can make you lose money if the project takes longer hours than you estimated. The other way to overwhelm customers for your services is through “time and materials” or “hours,” which leaves room for every hour you spend. But even with this method, customers usually want an expected setting so they can work within a budget. Ultimately, your business model and financial needs will dictate the best method for you and regardless of that, make sure you load what you`re worth (and don`t underestimate your hard work and experience). Also be sure to sketch a certain payment schedule to make sure you receive the final payment in an up-to-date deal.
Also describe acceptable payment methods. If you come across a situation in your business more than a few times that you can avoid by writing a new clause, do so. At best, you save yourself trouble, and you will learn one or two people about what they can do best next time, in the worst case scenario. For more information on what it takes to run an independent business, see Becoming a Successful Freelancer here at CreativeLive. Here are 8 ways to write an unbeatable free-lance contract that avoids surprises and keeps you flexible. Jordan Rosenfeld is a free writer whose work has been published in Mom.me, The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Writer`s Digest and more.