The Rights of a Freelancer

One of the numerous jobs that became available through the Internet is freelancing. A freelancer is a person who is self-employed, who works without a long-term commitment to a specific employer.The Internet allows for easy communication between employers and employees anywhere in the world! Freelancers usually work in the any of the many aspects in the writing profession: journalism, articles, editing, graphic design…to name a few.

The biggest known drawback of freelancing is the uncertainty regarding steady income. The lack of usual company benefits like pensions, health insurance,etc is another disadvantage. Many freelancers though don’t regard their profession as income insecure, they look at their numerous employers as a bigger guarantee to a secure income , because if there is a loss of a client, its not a loss of their complete income, just a small (or not so small) proportion.

One thing to keep in mind is composing a contract with you’re current client that encompasses everything and doesn’t leave room for any extra work or pay deductions on your part. Freelancers dont usually have the benefit of legal coverage working to protect their interests with a contract, hence the need to create your own! Your contract should be clear, concise, and comprehensive. It should clearly state the scope of the job and the expectations of both parties involved.

Make sure to include all the basic information, employers and employees, and the expectations for the outcome of the project. It is important so that both parties are clear about their responsibilities and it establishes the framework of the task at hand. Be clear about what roles you don’t want to play so that the employer doesnt ‘accidentally’ give you work in a different field.

Deadlines are important to state in your contract. Don’t worry about the pressure that may come along with it, just give yourself ample time to finish it while keeping the client’s needs in mind too. Important too, is to define clear time frames for the client to respond to your works so you won’t have a long unnecessary waiting period before finding out how to continue on. Even if financial agreements were already discussed and decided on previously be sure to have them in writing too. This way there will be no room for the client to conveniently ‘forget’ the decided on amount or terms of payment.

A cancellation clause is one that will protect you, the freelancer, in case the client backs out of the job for some reason, because it will clearly define the fianancial obligations if a project is terminated before completion, so you won’t suffer a total loss of payment.

The above basically includes the main points to include in a contract. Depending on the client and line of work, it may be necessary to include other terms that specifically cater to your job at hand. Use your judgement and remember it’s always better to state the obvious than rely on your client’ s memory!