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Where can I find good (and free) freelance contract templates?

Asked by aprilsimnel (30704points) October 12th, 2009

I may be doing some freelance video shoots in the near future for an long-term project that will be off and on in frequency.

I want to get the proper agreements/contracts in place so everything is good and legally binding, but it just needs to be very basic. It’s not as if the job will have high production values, or anything, but I still want to protect us both.

Where can I find MS Word templates of a freelance contract/agreement or instructions on how to create one myself? And for invoices, too, while I’m asking.

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gggritso's avatar

Try — they have a lot of resources and information for freelancers. Maybe they will have what you need; if not it just has a lot of good information you might find helpful.

marinelife's avatar

This one is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but you get the drift:

Template contract for typical beginners. Modify to your specific needs.

I, (name here) henceforth to be referred to as “the dummy”, will contract to work on your ill-defined project for an unspecified amount of hours, with no limitations on how many times I will re-do the work, until you are satisfied, for a single, fixed, fee, payable by third-party out-of-state check, only once and long after you have been completely satisfied, and after you yourself (henceforth to be known as “the client”) have made any and all profit from the use of this work, but not if the project incurs no profits. Profits to be determined by Client’s verbal say-so. Client will decide when and if to pay for services rendered on a flexible net-2000 basis, with free extensions.

Delivery date will remain fixed, no matter how scope of project is changed, or how many times it is re-done, but client reserves the right to move up the delivery date sooner without penalty. Or notice. Dummy pays for delivery of finished product to a third party.

Re-editing 90 percent of this project is not to be considered a new project, but a free correction to the original one. All dubs are complimentary.

Client has the right to refuse payment for reasons of changes they thought of but never actually communicated to the dummy. Client has the right to incorrectly spell graphics information without penalty. All mistakes will be corrected by the dummy for free.

“The dummy” also agrees to turn over all assets used in the production of your project, including shot lists, logs, EDL’s, project files and Dummy’s most recent copy of Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Efects, in case Client wants to re-edit the work privately at some future date. The Dummy will also teach any staff or relative the Client names, how the work was done, at no extra charge, for however many hours it takes to make the Client’s people competent at replacing the Dummy.

Dummy holds no rights or ownership of finished product and has no permission to show any or all of it to anyone else, or even to admit the project existed or that s/he worked on it, on pain of lawsuit damages.

Dummy further agrees to a non-compete clause that forbids him/her from making any videos for any other clients, of any sort, for any market, until such time as Client says it is okay.

Dummy is liable for any and all lawsuits and legal actions undertaken against the Client regarding this work specifically and anything else generally. Dummy will pay any fines and penalties against this work for things such as copyright violations.

Client reserves the right to add new conditions and clauses to this agreement unilaterally and at will, with no time limit or expiration date.

Signed in blood, with no option for the Dummy to renegotiate.”

aprilsimnel's avatar

Well, quite.

I figured it might be something akin to the aforementioned. :/

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