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October 13, 2008


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Nice article, and I'm happy to see someone in our business making sense in regards to this topic. Too many people just write "you MUST get a contract at all times!!!" Yet the simple fact is, if someone is really going to decide not to pay you, there's not much you can do even with a contract. If I'm doing a high-dollar project, I write up and require a signed proposal (with deposit) that is, in effect, a contract. But to me, the purpose of the proposal/agreement is to clearly articulate/list what I'm going to do, the deliverables, and for how much I'm going to do it for. And also to get a deposit. Again, the client could just stop responding and there's no way that attorney fees/hassle are going to be less than the owed amount. I'm a part-time freelancer (I have a full-time job during the days). Most of my freelance work is for smaller dollar amounts (< $1000). Even if I did take someone to small-claims court and win, that doesn't mean they're compelled to pay.


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