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Margot Harrington

Communication Designer at Pitch Design Union

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Project Contracts for Freelancers 101

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 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. (Again, as the case may be.  Cause let's face it – this happens to all of us at least once.)

In this class we'll cover all the steps to a successful contract, or a statement of work, including:

+ How to define scope, deliverables, timelines, budgets.
+ What do effective terms & conditions look like.
+ Breaking down the legalese so you can mold it to your own needs.
+ Licensing, Intellectual Property, Warranties

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.

About me & Why I'm teaching this class:
Why take this class from me? After several years of agency graphic design experience, I left and have been running my own studio for nearly 5 years now. Since, I've found it hard to find legal advice for the micro-business owner. I took matters into my own hands and have worked tirelessly on ironing out the fine print so my projects would go as smoothly as possible. And while I'm not a lawyer, my documents have been cleared for and deemed rock solid by a close lawyer friend. I can translate my learning a way that speaks to every creative person, especially the ones who would rather spend their time making stuff than worry about the fine print in their agreements. 

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

Your requirements:
+ Attend the 1.5 hour lecture and Q&A session where we'll cover the bulk of the topics
+ 3-4 hours to write your own proposal
+ Upload your document to the Projects tab for discussion and feedback
+ Attend office hours for even more tailored feedback
+ Report back and let me know how you did!

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