Keith Devon


Freelance contract survey

Contracts are a hotly debated part of the freelance workflow. Many people don’t use them at all. Others will swear by them, and never start a project without one. Where do you stand?

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Do you use another method? Add your thoughts in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Freelance contract survey

  1. “contract killer” with some modifications, but it does work very well. I have had clients praise me for using such a straightforward contract.

  2. Keith – This is a VERY interesting survey – especially for us. As of today 43% of freelancers responding to this survey are sharing they don’t use contracts. We’d love to see you write a blog post that drills down on that.

    Is is that freelancers aren’t using contracts for certain types of jobs (e.g., small jobs) or is this just a standard part of their workflow for all jobs? We definitely hope you do a blog post that shares your thoughts on the results of the survey when you think you’ve collected enough responses.

    1. Kunvay, I’m hoping to write a blog post on this issue soon. I tried to get a few of the people who don’t use contracts to get in touch, but no luck so far.

  3. It depends on the nature of the job as well as your relationship with the client. I usually prefer a contract for fixed price jobs but not for hourly ones and my contracts more or less just define the basics of what will be delivered without going into a lot of detail. Working as a freelance wordpress developer, I understand that I’ll have to be flexible with my clients when it comes to revisions or addition of a couple of additional pages and therefore, I prefer not to go into the legalities and create and sign a contract.

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