A contract is an essential staple of a fair, strong and secure work relationship. At it’s base, it establishes a mutual sense of trust and respect. Not having one can be dangerous for both parties involved, leaving the door open to unclear expectations, misunderstandings, and ultimately a loss of time, money, and effort.
Of course, it’s uncomfortable to jump into new work by discussing worst-case scenarios, but that’s where a standardized contract vetted by a third party comes in, eliminating the back and forth, establishing trust, and speeding up the signing process—all that so that you can get back to business.
To create this resource for our community and beyond, we partnered with the The Freelancers Union to create The Freelance Contract, a standardized service agreement to help work relationships get off the ground quickly, with integrity, and without the extra hassle.
You might know The Freelancers Union as some of the fiercest advocates for freelancers’ rights here in the U.S. Last fall, they helped establish the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” in New York City, a law that helps freelancers have more secure work relationships. In creating The Freelance Contract, AND CO and The Freelancers Union infused the foundational principles of this landmark legislation into a thoughtfully-crafted (and easy to use) standard contract.
We couldn’t have done this alone, though. We also want to give a HUGE shout-out to the incredible companies who we are proud to call our freelance-friendly partners. By joining us, these companies have pledged to accept the contract if presented with it by a freelancer. Among those who we are currently partnered with are Prehype, Spacious, Maple, BarkBox, Q, B12, Croissant, Coach, Common, Giraffe, Painless1099, Amberjack, and Boxgroup.
More and more companies are prepared to jump on board with AND CO and The Freelancer’s Union in our goal to protect freelance work and inspire confidence between both sides in a work relationship. If you are part of a company that would like to support the contract and join us in the movement to establish the first standard for freelance work, add your company to the list.
The Freelance Contract is a living, breathing document that has the capacity to evolve with feedback from YOU. All feedback will be taken into consideration for future versions of the contract, so if think something is missing or have any ideas for adjustments, please don’t hesitate to submit your contributions here. We love hearing your ideas!