Why You Should Always Have A Contract + Sample Contract

Bringing up contracts might be scary if you’re a new blogger but it’s something that has to be done. Today I’m outlining three reasons you’ve got to have a contract whenever exchanging money as a blogger.

So That You Always Get Your Money

It once took me 5 months to get paid for services rendered when I began freelancing. When I started working with the client that owed me money I didn’t have a contract in place so he thought he could screw me over. I liked him and thought he would never do that to me. Thankfully I had a lawyer friend who helped me get my money but it could have been worse. If you’re working with a brand or another person on your  blog or business you need to sign a contract so that they can’t make up figures when it comes to giving you your money. It doesn’t matter if you trust them because people can change at the drop of a dime.

So That You’re Safe From Lies

Without a contract, a client or brand can say your promised them things that you didn’t. 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’re business minded and that you’re taking what you’re doing seriously. This has 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?

Author: Candice VanWye

I'm the founder of this community and a creative millennial. In my spare time I write on my my personal blog and make youtube videos. I also have a podcast called The Creative Millennial where I interview cool people. I love to eat, hate to cook, and shop too much. Click the buttons below to follow my socials and follow me on snapchat: @candicevanwye

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  • I have learned to always draw up a contract. Even–and especially– when dealing with friends and family but it’s essential every time. When you are verbally discussing a project, so many things can get lost in the fray, and then when you have a personal relationship with someone, they can feel slighted when they feel you owe them more than what you do. However, in the graphics and interior projects I have worked on, it helps for everyone to know what is expected of them.

    Also, in a bind, emails can still count as contractual evidence. If I meet with someone I always try to follow up with them by email so that we can have our agreements in writing.

    Great advice, here Candice! (yeah, I’m lurking)