These laws should apply to anyone working in the creative field, be it freelance or full-time.
- Always make a contract for the work to be done
Scribble on a piece of paper, what should be made. By doing that, you’re also writing what shouldn’t be made. Get both parties to sign this piece of paper with a signature. Note: A confirmed email counts as a legal document!
- Always have a contract for the work to be done
- Never start work until there is a contract
The opposite to this rule is called “working for free”.
- Do not take assignments that cannot be described on paper as contracts
It’s bound to fail.
- A contract is not verbal
See Rule #1.
- A contract cannot be changed
A changed contract is a new project. A new project means a new price and a new deadline. In other words, see Rule #1.
- Obey Rule #2
This is the path to success.
The other direction means prolonged work, last minute surprises, blown budgets and impossible deadlines.
As Sun Tzu would have said: There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
If you cannot have a contract: Just Say No™