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Freelance Design Contracts Explained - A standard consultant contract is not appropriate for freelance graphic design projects. This article details elements of design contracts including pricing, billing, and art usage.
Never Work Without a Freelance Design Contract (About.com) - Craft a Contract for Your Desktop Publishing Business
Graphic Design Sample Contracts (About.com) - Contracts submitted by viewers (i.e., designers) of About's Graphic Design site.
Letter of Agreement (Graphic-Design.com)Sample and explanation of a letter of agreement
Sample Advertising Agency Contract - Look at a sample advertising agency contract form.
Rooster Graphics Contract Graphic Design Agreement - Look at this graphic designer's graphic design agreement contract online
Contract Basics: Getting the Client to Sign on the Dotted Line (Creative Latitude) - In the movie "Glengarry Glen Ross" Alec Baldwin's character Blake, in a less than inspirational sales meeting speech, implored a group of underachieving real estate salesmen that "Only one thing matters in this life. Get them to sign on the line that is dotted." While the rest of Blake's speech was hardly uplifting and bordered on abusive, the above statement is not untrue.
Create a watertight Web site design contract (ecommerceattorney.com) - Rapid growth in the high-tech sectors, specifically regarding the Internet and related software and hardware, presents complex issues for small-business owners and their lawyers. Not surprisingly, many issues arise in contract negotiations between Web site owners and their contracted developers.
Taking Over a Web Site Design Project and the Contract / Agreement to Go With This Job Change - It may happen that a site owner becomes…what shall I say?.. disenchanted with a designer and wants to change. You may be the designer number 2 that the owner wants to come aboard. Shakespeare referred to stepping into the middle of a pile of …things as in medias res. We understand the opportunities quite clearly. But what are the dangers that you face in accepting the job?
Contract / Agreement Drafting and Negotiating Tips (AllBusiness.com) - Here are tips for helping you finalize a great contract to your benefit.
Contracts / Agreements - Common Clauses to Include in Freelance Design Contracts (About.com) - Include these phrases in your freelance design contract. Find out how these freelance contract clauses protect you and your clients.
Creative Public - Forms, Contracts, Pricing Guides, and More
Developing A Contract / Agreement As a service provider, the most important type of “boundary” you can set as a business owner involves those policies and procedures that govern how you interact with your clients.
Fundamentals of contracts / agreements (Himels-Computer-Law.com)This document provides some fundamental legal isuues involved in contracting. (by David B. Himelstein)
Get Ideas for Your Client Contracts from a Contract Swipe File (Provider Marketing Group)To save you the endless hours of scanning Altavista, Yahoo, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos, Webcrawler, and Hotbot listings under "agreements," "web agreements," etc., etc
How to Write Effective Business Contracts (AllBusiness.com) - Business contracts are legally binding written agreements between two or more parties. They are an important part of business and such agreements need to be created and/or reviewed carefully.
How to Create Legal Contracts Without Hiring a Lawyer (Yahoo) - Many new business owners find themselves in need of some kind of written contract or agreement to use with customers or clients, vendors and perhaps others as well, so your question is a good one. First, a word about attorneys in general
How To Create a Freelancing Contract (About.com) - Whether you're a freelance copywriter or a freelance graphic designer, you need a contract in place to protect yourself and to let your clients know exactly what they're getting from you.
10 Key Contracts for Small and Growing Businesses (AllBusiness.com) - The following is a summary of ten key contracts for small and growing businesses. These contracts need to be well thought out and drafted and can be crucial to the success of a business.
Home Business Online Legal Forms - These legal forms are a FREE Resource provided by Home Business Online. You may print and use them freely for your personal use.
Sample Contract (Freelance Bank)Here is a sample contract that a freelancer might be asked to sign. As a freelancer, you can also save this contract for your records, make neccesary changes, and ask the companies you work with to sign it.
Sample business agreements (MoreBusiness.com)Here are a handful of sample agreements, courtesy of Teneron Corporation, that you can use as a starting point for creating your own
Save time and money with these business forms (BusinessWeek.com)Here you'll find ready-to-use business tools to help you get the job done faster and easier
The Lowdown On Contracts (BusinessTown.com)Like most people, small business owners tend to shy away from signing anything. Learn about contracts and stop being intimidated now.
Ten Tips for Making Solid Business Agreements and Contracts (Nolo.com) - Follow these guidelines to make an enforceable, plain-English business agreement or contract.
Work for Hire Agreements - The work-for-hire doctrine transfers copyright in the work from the creator to the hiring party.
1 Stop Legal Indpendent Contractor Contracts - Find and download your freelancing contracts
Business in a Box - An Essential Collection of Business & Legal Forms
ContractMaker - a high value-low cost, "intelligent" online document / contract assembly service, backed with our assistance, empowering YOU to control your contract drafting costs - with the same confidence level you would have with a top law firm.
Eserver TC Library - Several freelancing contract resources located here.
FindLaw website (FindLaw)FindLaw forms index
Legal Documents (Law.net)This site allows YOU to prepare customized legal documents directly online.
LawDepot.com - Quality legal contracts online. Easily creat a customized doucument with our automated form.
Legal Zoom - Save time and money on common legal matters! Created by top attorneys, LegalZoom helps you create reliable legal documents from your home or office.
Streetwise Tips on Contracts (BusinessTown.com) - Whenever possible, provide the contract yourself. Don’t use someone else’s. You may save the cost of creating a contract, but you will lose that important control over content advantage a contract gives you.
Best Graphic Design Career and Business Books - Ultimate List of Books for Freelancers & New Designers - I decided to compile a list of the best graphic design career and business books collected from reading people's favorites listed on forum posts and blogs. I came up with the following graphic design career and business books.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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