Canadian Freelance Union - contracts

By: Canadian Freelance Union  09-12-2011

Contract analysis advice

A service to help members interpret the contracts they face.

Contracts are a fact of life in the freelance world. A contract sets out the obligations and responsibilities of the signatories. Contracts can be verbal (as in the "old days"), but most are now written down -- a practice the CFU fully supports. A good contract is the basis of a fruitful and positive business relationship between freelancer and client. A bad contract can mean disaster, usually for the freelancer.

Through this service, the CFU will help our members understand and interpret the contracts they face. We will translate the sometimes-intentional legalese into plain english, and we will even offer suggestions about how a bad contract can be made better.

Remember, a contract is an agreement between two (or more) agreeable parties. You are never obligated to sign a contract, and you are fully within your rights to make any changes you want before signing. Never hesitate to edit, change or cross out sections of an offered contract -- it's your right!

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