If you are running a WordPress design business it is always best practice to operate with a WordPress Developer Client Contract. If you are using one, you are protecting both your company and your client. A WordPress Developer Client Contract will lay out the exact terms of the project and work you are providing. About 2 years into my business I hired an attorney to put together a Design and Development Client Contract and I paid about $600 for it. I thought I would help those that can not afford this expense and offer the WordPress Developer Client Contract Template FREE download below. There are 2 Word Docs that can be edited as you like to fit the specific needs of your business but have the legal structure needed to protect you and your clients.
6 main things you need to know about contracts.
- Both parties are protected by having a contract
The negotiating process makes it fair to both parties. Definitions and expectations are explicitly stated and agreed to by both parties in the contract.
- Never start work without having a contract
If things go wrong, you need to make sure that the relationship between you and the client is set in place in a contract. If over the course of time the project becomes totally different from how it started out, the initial contract is done and you settle up. Then create a new contract to reflect the scope and new direction of the project.
- Don’t simply accept the other party’s wishes
Have your lawyer review the contract to make sure it is favorable to you. If something is included that is not favorable to you, remove it or negotiate it. As Monteiro said, when you are doing business deals, you don’t want to trust that you will get paid, you want to make sure you will get paid.
- Negotiation is fine, but don’t budge on the important stuff
Decide what points are not negotiable. For example, the work you do remains your work until the client pays you for it. Another non-negotiable point for Monteiro is that the client pays a kill fee if the client terminates the project without good reason, or if the client brings in another designer. A third non-negotiable area may involve liability if something goes wrong with the project.
- Don’t talk to their lawyer without yours being present
If you are talking to a client and they have legal counsel present or on the phone, discontinue the discussion until you have your lawyer present. This avoids you agreeing to something because you are nervous or confused.
- Be specific about money
Don’t hesitate. If you know how much something costs, stand up and state how much it will cost. If you don’t know, say you don’t know, but you will find out and get back with the client as soon as possible. Be confident about the rate you are asking.
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