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3 Videos (51m)
    • Kick-off Lecture

    • Coming Soon

    • Terms and Conditions


About This Class

So you've been in business for yourself for a little while. You know you should have a contract, maybe you even have one, but is it really comprehensive? Maybe you can't afford a lawyer and you've cobbled together your own version on a wish and a prayer. It's time to clear up the gray area before you get burned. (Or, again, as the case may be. Cause let's be real – it happens to all of us at least once.)


Designed by Colin Harman

What You'll Learn

  • Developing Your Contract. How to define scope, deliverables, timelines, budgets.
  • Five Parts of a Good Contract. What do effective terms & conditions look like.
  • Fine Print. Breaking down the legalese so you can mold it to your own needs.

What You'll Make

Come to class with an example of a project you might do and you'll leave with tools to write your own contract or proposal, giving you more confidence, credibility, and ultimately, a better grasp on your profits.

69 of 71 students recommendSee All

Thank you for this informative class. I started an animation resource and staffing agency, My Animation Life, and we have been working with independent contractors from the animation pipeline to create stronger contracts. Learning what you do for your web design business gives me more perspective on what other artist consider when drafting contracts.
Very thorough and clear tutorial, with lots of useful resources.
Anna Magombe

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Informative and helpful class about contract writing. The teacher is very friendly and clear spoken.
Samantha Weitzel

Freelance Designer and Illustrator





Margot Harrington

Communication Designer at Pitch Design Union

After several years of agency graphic design experience, I was laid off, and have been running my own studio for over 6 years now. Since then I've found it hard to find financial, legal, client, and life-balance advice for the microbusiness owner which is why I'm focusing on these issues with Skillshare. I've worked tirelessly on ironing out these details so my projects would go as smoothly as possible. I can translate my learning in a way that speaks to every creative person, especially the ones who would rather spend their time making the stuff over worrying about the fine print, managing their budgets, and difficult clients. 

As a Graphic Designer, many of my examples, including the sample proposals and budgets I will show you are optimized for my particular type of work (in print, branding, and the web) but the points we cover are applicable to other creative fields as well.