I am constantly shocked at how almost all the designers I know have no contracts with their clients when they do freelance work. It is just insane and asking to be taken advantage of because at some points things are going to go wrong and you have to be sure you are covered.
I spent this past week in San Francisco and this topic came up a few times with some of my friends over dinners. They all referenced a video I had never seen from Mike Monteiro Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio that was recorded at San Francisco CreativeMornings called ‘Fuck You. Pay Me.’. You may also know Mike’s work from the book “Design is a Job” from A Book Apart which is a book I love. This video is a great primer from Mike and his lawyer about why contracts are so important and all the things your contracts need to cover. if you are doing freelance work and you don’t have contracts in place with your client you need to watch this NOW.