Freelancing Tips: Get it All in Writing

Let me start out today’s post with another case study in freelancing do’s and don’ts. A friend of mine accepted a freelance job at the beginning of the summer that involved writing press releases, blogging, and social networking, as well as basic admin work like updating contact lists, and designing promotional materials. Although the duties for this particular job were very specific, my friend never got anything in writing. She also had a verbal agreement with her client that she would work a set number of hours per month, but given the work that she was assigned to do, she ended up exceeding that monthly time allotment four months in a row. Since she didn’t have anything in writing about how she was to be compensated for her time, the client ended up majorly underpaying my friend for her work.

There are several lessons to be learned here. [Read more…]