The Components of a Freelance Project Contract
This might seem obvious, but the first thing to detail is who the contract is between. This is important if you are working through an intermediary, such as your own limited company.
Nature of the agreement
The next section should describe the nature of the agreement. Here you can include references to the agreement being non-exclusive, which will allow you to work with other clients. You can also ensure you and your client are agreeing to be bound by a scope or schedule of work.
In this section, you will want to describe the type of work you will do or the service you will provide. You should consider including:
- Supervision - how much or little control you want to give back to the
client around how you work
- Training - who will provide necessary training required during the project
- Equipment - who is responsible for providing equipment or materials
- Continuity - who will provide the service should you be unavailable personally
- Insurances - Who is responsible for providing business insurances. E.g., Public liability or Professional Indemnity
Be mindful of IR35 when you are writing this part of your contract as putting too much responsibility on the client could make you seem like an employee, rather than an independent freelancer.
In addition to agreeing on payment terms and prices, your contract should also provide clarity on who is financially liable for the correction of faulty work.
Here you should think about:
- How much notice do you need to give during a project to end it?
- What happens if the scope of a project changes?
- Do you need to give any notice once a project is completed?