3 Grim Legal Realities Freelancers Need to Accept

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2011/01/3-grim-legal-realities-freelancers-need-to-accept/
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In an ideal universe, the law is there to protect both parties in a contract equally. The freelancer and the client would both have guards to prevent the other from doing something unscrupulous or somehow taking advantage of the other. Of course, in an ideal universe, justice would be free, it would be immediate and it would never make any mistakes. Unfortunately though, we don’t live in a perfect world and, in many regards, that legal playing field is very much tilted against the freelancer. Not only do clients, typically, have more money but the global nature of the Web [Read more…]

5 Legal Concerns To Watch in 2011

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2010/12/5-legal-concerns-to-watch-in-2011/
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As we get ready to turn over the new year, we get a chance to both evaluate what 2010 meant for us and what we want 2011 to look like. But while we each are making our personal evaluations and decisions, we also have other shifts and changes around us. For example, the Internet is a constantly-changing environment, with trends, sites and companies rising and falling in a strage chorus, all of it affecting our profession. Another area is the law and legal issues. Though it has something of a reputation for being fixed and static, nothing could be farther [Read more…]

7 Reasons Why You Should Always Have a Written Contract

http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2010/09/7-reasons-why-you-should-always-have-a-written-contract/
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One of the thorniest and most uncomfortable issues freelancers routinely face is the issue of contracts when it comes to getting jobs. Part of it is because, as freelancers, we often take jobs with people know, trust and are good friends with. Other times it is because clients have urgent needs and there may not be enough time to hammer out a formal contract before the deadline passes. However, this is almost always a bad idea. Taking jobs or receiving work without a contract is a grave disservice to both sides. While contracts may slow things down and cause brief [Read more…]

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