Do You Have a Contract for Your Creative Business? - Saffron Avenue

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In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a handful of messages and emails asking me if I could share some tips with new businesses just starting out. And one of the top ones I ask is if you have a contract for your business? This was by far one of my biggest mistakes when […]

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Do You Have a Contract for Your Creative Business?

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In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a handful of messages and emails asking me if I could share some tips with new businesses just starting out. And one of the top ones I ask is if you have a contract for your business? This was by far one of my biggest mistakes when I first started out. I didn’t want to pay an attorney for one, didn’t know where to start, and didn’t think I needed one considering how small I was.

WELL, you all are super lucky that there are specific sites, options, and costs for getting yourself protected these days (so you have no excuse)! AKA: like The Creative Law Shop where I get mine.

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Creative Contract

Here is the thing…if you have a client who is not paying you, who isn’t happy with your work, or who have simply ghosted you, your contract will protect you. I can’t tell you enough how many times I worked with a client who wasn’t paying OR who kept doing revision upon revision to realize I couldn’t do anything about it because I didn’t have this magical piece of paper laying down the rules.

Not only that but having a contract helps you to understand your value, your artwork, your time, your talent..and how that all needs to be protected.

So, for those who are in the creative field you now have the opportunity to protect your business based on what exactly you offer. From designers, bloggers, podcasters, interior designers, you name it.

New Businesses

You can bundle a few important contracts together and will highly recommend you at least get a contract for your clients as well as PRIVACY POLICY and a TERMS & CONDITIONS for your website. It’s a great way to start out.

Hiring/Collaborating

Yes, the last thing you want to do is hire or work with someone who just might take your ideas and run with them. These contracts will help lay out all the expectations for various collaborations.

For All Artists

HIGHLY recommended, my friends! This will include your rates, your revisions, your late fee details, and especially your intellectual property and ownership of original artwork.

And if you aren’t familiar with the new GDPR laws, you can read about it below and check out how to protect yourself HERE

But seriously, if there is one thing I recommend to EVERY SINGLE PERSON is protecting yourself and having a contract for your business. It’s literally worth every penny.

And with that, make sure you understand your own contract too and educate yourself on the terms you might not understand. — Which I believe you get a guide within those contracts above to help explain it all ;)

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  1. Nicola says:

    Great post. Contracts are a little pricey though for start ups. I work quite often with small businesses who wouldn’t be able to afford $499 as part of their start up costs ontop of everything else.

    • Angela says:

      I feel ya, as I was there once. But, that first client who not only made me do an additional 6 revisions on their logo and then disappeared before paying their final invoice, I wish I would have paid $450 for a contract and not lose 2x that amount on not having one! I lived and learn on that one that’s for sure!