26 May

Freelancing has proved to be a rapidly growing industry for many professionals in terms of freedom and flexibility but there are drawbacks that make freelancing not all as glamorous and decent as it may seem.

This mostly comes down to when freelancers need to sign contracts for their work. A contract assists a freelancer in streamlining everything that they need to do and know about a certain gig they will be working on.

Hence, it is important to understand your contract and have someone who can assist you to go through your contact and make sure that there aren’t clauses that you do not understand. This is why your trusted union has put together an eBook that looks at the most important clauses that a freelancer must look out for in their contracts. For a full guide, you can download your eBook at www.uasaip.co.za and learn more about freelancing in the 21st century and how to protect your business.

Whose contract is this?

When it comes to contracts and working with agencies and clients, it is possible that you may not work according to your ideal contract but rather one that is drawn up by your client. As with any contact you take on and intend to sign, make sure that you have a thorough look at it to make sure that it applies to your project and meets your expectations.

After reading through the payment terms, ownership, and the completed work, the scope of the project, make sure that the contract represents you in the best way possible. If you do not feel comfortable signing a contract that is provided by another party, then you can hire a lawyer in the field to help you draw up a contract that meets both your and your client’s expectations and demands. 

Independent Contractor

As an independent contractor, ensure that your contract clearly outlines your professional title in order to protect your freelance status. Pay close attention to this clause because as a freelancer, you need to protect your independence. Also, make sure that the work you are contracted to do is set out in detail and that you are still free to work for other clients as well.

Scope of Work

If you have ever heard the dreaded words, “Hey, I just thought of something great that we really need to add to our project!” you will understand exactly why you need the scope of work clause in your contract. You and your client must have a clear understanding of what is in the contract and what is not, otherwise, you may end up doing endless hours of unpaid extra work. If a client wants extra work done, a clause saying that extra work will be negotiated separately will make sure that you get paid for everything that you do.

It seems the world of freelancing is full of legalities that can change or even alter the working relationship between the client and the freelancer. Many people are not aware of what their rights are and how they should be addressing their work contracts. Luckily, UASA independent professionals sector is uniquely positioned to assist freelancers or independent professionals with their contracts amongst other things. 

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