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  1. Angie Papple Johnston
    Sep 10 - 11:23 am

    I never really find contracts that much of a hassle. I let clients know on initial contact that I won’t work without one. It’s also clearly stated that I require one (and a nonrefundable deposit) on my websites. Only once did someone balk, and I told him I couldn’t work with him.

    Seriously, you’re right… Never, ever, EVER write without one.
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    • Jonathan Bailey
      Sep 13 - 6:09 pm

      Glad to hear it! I wish more freelancers were like you!

  2. JoAnna
    Sep 10 - 2:05 pm

    My problem is that I don’t know how to write a contract. Do you have a template that we can use as a guideline?
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  3. Angie Papple Johnston
    Sep 10 - 5:41 pm

    I do – hopefully this helps you (I’m sure the author does too, just wanted to chime in): http://freefreelancewritingtips.blogspot.com/2010/04/never-ever-ever-write-without-freelance.html
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  4. bobbi carr
    Sep 13 - 11:53 pm

    Excellent article!

  5. These are great tips. I’m currently in the process of setting up my freelance writing business and haven’t yet created a contract. This article will help me determine what goes in the contract once I start working on it.

    I’ll also use that contract template mentioned in the comments section. Thanks a bunch!
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  14. Madeline
    Jun 06 - 6:52 pm

    Great article! I was recently burned for not making my client sign a contract. The client was a so called friend and although he paid half I have not received the other half after the website was supposingly done. He never got back to me as far as any revisions or to take it live. Its live but in a sub directory so its not on the domain. Its just been a dragged out experience that I will never do without a signed contract. Lesson learned.

  15. Rebecca
    Jul 06 - 9:59 am

    I learned my lesson about not having a contract in place before writing. Did I get paid for my articles? No, I did not. I also learned I wasn’t the only writer who was stiffed. Live and learn!

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