Our Freelancer Pack includes the following:
A workshop with us either on Zoom or at our offices in The Biscuit Factory
Bespoke template Terms and Conditions for your business
Written guidance about your documents and how to manage your client contracts going forward
All prices on our site exclude VAT. Scroll down to find out more about the Freelancer Pack.
WHY YOU NEED YOUR OWN TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The client of your dreams comes along and your game is on fire. You schmooze them on the phone, meet for a coffee, send them a glossy proposal, exchange a couple of emails and boom, before you know it you've started working already #likeaboss
A month goes by and you start to realise that some of things you thought were pretty clear are in fact, not. The client expects delivery in a month but you can only deliver in two (when did you ever talk about timelines anyway?). You wanted payment upfront, the client insists on 30 day payment terms (they know you're a startup right?!). You want to keep the IP in what you create, but the client doesn't even want you talking about the fact that you've worked with them (you've already plastered it all over Instagram).
All of a sudden that awesome client you landed doesn't seem so awesome anymore. You find yourself trawling through old emails, and text messages, desperately looking for a glimmer of hope. Why can't life just be simple?!
THE REALITY CHECK:
If you're selling services or products directly to your clients (i.e not directly through your website - check out our E-Commerce Pack if you are), then you NEED your own terms and conditions. Not having your own terms means that you will either work under your clients' contract (which will likely be in their interests more than yours) or even worse, work without a contract in place at all.
Take it from us, we've seen enough clients coming to us in a pickle and in 90% of those instances it could totally have been avoided if they simply had a contract in place.
MORE THAN JUST A BORING CONTRACT
A contract is more than just an insurance mechanism in case things go bad. It is an opportunity to set out the terms of your agreement with the other party and set out expectations at the beginning of the relationship. Going through the process of putting a contract in place forces you to do things right. It gives you chance to clarify things that may have been said during negotiations, via email, through text or just when you met up that one time.
It is a necessary element of doing good business as you have the chance to set out all the details of how you will work, what each party can expect, what the price is and when the work will be done.
It also puts safeguards in place in case things do go wrong, what happens if one of you can't continue with the agreement or if something happens that's outside your control.
The very act of going through the contract agreement process, significantly lowers your risk of getting into a dispute later on. It is an opportunity to get rid of any ambiguity which is inevitable in any negotiation process, and set the record straight so neither of you are disappointed later on down the line.
It also makes you look professional and gives the message that you're serious about your business and your clients.
BUT WHAT IF IT TURNS THE CLIENT OFF AND I LOSE BUSINESS?
If a client is reluctant to sign a contract, then that's a massive sign that you should not be doing business with them. Trust us when we say that losing this business will probably cost you less than had you won it.
WHAT ELSE DO I GET?
As part of this pack, you will also get a helpful legal workshop with a qualified lawyer in which we go over your ways of working, any risks we see, how best to manage your contracts and other important stuff that you should be aware of in general, like insurance for example (yes, you need it).
ALL PRICES DISPLAYED ON OUR SITE EXCLUDE VAT.