Let’s jump right into it shall we.
So That You Always Get Your Money
Just this week I received money owed to me since December 2013. You read that right, I received money from last year in June of this year. When I started working with the client that owed me money earlier in 2013 I didn’t have a contract in place so he thought he could screw me over. Thankfully I had things from him in writing that allowed me to get my money back but it could have been worse. If you’re working with a brand or another person when it comes to your blog or your business you need to sign a contract so that they can’t make up figures when it comes to giving you your money.
So That You Are Safe From Lies
Without a contract a client or brand can say your promised them things that you did not. They might say you promised three articles when it was only two. They might say you promised a ROI of $500 when you made no such claims. They might even say you wanted to work for free. You really can’t underestimate people in business so it’s best to protect yourself.
So You Look More Professional
Clients or brands will take you more seriously if you have a contract in place. It shows that you have a business mind and you’re taking what you’re doing seriously. This worked wonders for me. When I first started in business I seemed like this little girl who didn’t know what she was talking about until I pulled out the big guns like a well written proposal and a contract. Make yourself look smart.
Don’t take the above advice and think you have to make some crazy complicated contract with big words to impress people. On my personal blog I have a sample contract you can download. If you have any questions be sure to ask.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Do you have contracts when you work with brands on clients?