The Freelance Contract

The standardized service agreement to build fair and strong relationships between people and companies.

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a common standard

Fair and secure work relationships need a contract. Not having one is dangerous for both parties and can lead to misunderstandings, false expectations and ultimately lost time and money.

But starting new work by discussing worst case scenarios can be a tough way to kick things off. That’s why a standard is needed.

AND CO and The Freelancers Union have created a standardized service agreement to help strong, fair work relationships get off the ground quickly.

eliminating the
back and forth

Using a standardized contract vetted by a third party eliminates back and forth, establishes trust, and speeds up the signing process.

Starting a secure work relationship becomes faster and simpler.

Compliant with the
Freelance Isn't Free Act

The Freelancers Union helped establish The Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York City, a law that helps freelancers have more secure work relationships.

The Freelance Contract takes the law into account and directly applies its principles.

fair for both sides

Portfolio Rights Represented Have the option to enable portfolio rights, so you’re legally allowed to show freelance work in your portfolio.

Option To Charge Cancelation Fee Have the option to charge a fee if payment is late.

Work For Hire or Custom License Work for hire, or simply transfer to a custom license.

Transparent Scope Structure Have a quick, easy to understand overview of the scope of the project.

IP Handled Properly Have confidence that all work is your IP after final payment.

Includes Non-Disclosure And More Customizable options allow you to tailor our standard to your needs.

supercharged with technology

customizable contract Edit and extend the contract to your needs. Turn clauses on/off and more.

integrated e-Signing Built into a smart workflow that includes e-signatures and more.

smart alerts Get alerts if contracts are not signed in time, when projects start and much more.

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the contract evolves
with your experiences

This is a living document that evolves with the feedback from the community. If you’re missing something in the contract or have ideas for adjustments, you can submit your contributions.

All input is taken into consideration for the upcoming versions of the contract.

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