As all freelance designers and creative entrepreneurs know, contracts are a necessity when working with clients, no matter how big or small the project is.
- Contracts provide you and the client with a description of responsibilities. It helps you both understand who is responsible for what.
- Contracts secure payment.
- Contracts protect you if you encounter problems with your clients.
Most designers do have a contract in place, but it's usually either (A) an unprofessional contract they wrote themselves (B) a contract they created from bits and pieces of other designers contracts, or (C) a template they found on some shady website they can't even remember.