HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AS A FREELANCER
DO NOT WORK WITHOUT A CONTRACT
Contracts are essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Contracts are a legally binding document that enforce both parties to do what has been agreed upon.
For example, unless you have a contract a client can refuse to pay you for your services, and they will suffer no legal consequences as there is no proof of any agreements made. Therefore, it is important to have a contract before doing the work, and this way you can name every detail of the agreement with the client, such as deadlines, work obligations, costs and payment dues etc.
HAVE A BILLING SYSTEM IN PLACE
In order to protect yourself finically and to ensure that your clients pay you it is important to have a billing system, this way you can ensure that you have a constant cashflow and you do not experience a shortage of funds.
There are various kinds or software to use to schedule automatic payments and client invoicing to save you time and effort in ensuring that you get paid in a timely and orderly manner. It is important to inform clients on your billing methods and ensure that they agree to the terms.
STORE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH YOUR CLIENTS
As a freelancer, you probably use multiple communication channels to communicate with your clients, but it is essential to store information such as your discussed hourly rate or the decided amount of work in written form such as emails, text messages or any written form of communication.
CHOOSE YOUR CLIENTS WISELY
As a freelancer, you can turn down clients. If you feel as though the client is not promising.
Through research you can find out a lot about your client, which will help with deciding whether you would like to accept their offer or not. The main reason you need to do research is to determine if the client is trustworthy and whether they will pay you for your work.
DOCUMENT YOUR WORK AND PROJECTS
Documenting projects and work allows you to create a work portfolio which will help you with landing more clients and work. As a freelancer, building up a reputation and ensuring there is an interest for you in the market is essential for maintaining the optimum workflow and cashflow.
Clients may like your work, but they may also claim that you didn’t met the deadline, or the work isn’t your own, that is why you should consider using a reliable employee monitoring software that will track your work progress. This will ensure you always have proof of work to convince clients or use in court to support your claims.