This may sound like a no-brainer, but there are many online job marketplaces that do away with the fine print as doing business on their sites is already considered binding ( like clicking on their terms and agreements tab when someone accepts a job or psot a project ). Let's say you got hired and the paperwork is yet to come through.. and after a few weeks or months' time, you already have this trust with the client you're working with that having a contract seems like a chicken-and-egg case. My question is, no matter how awkward it is to follow up to have a written contract, should you ask for one to be properly drawn?
asked May 24 '11 at 08:56
I think that even if these third party sites or online job marketplaces tell you that working through their site and clicking on the terms make the contract binding, you'd better be off with a fine print where you can specify the scopes, responsibilities and limitations of the project - as well as payment schedules. Having a hard copy with you can come in handy whenever a dispute arises. I believe that if the project is going on a longer period of time than what was initially agreed upon and the scope of tasks are piling up, you need to talk to your client about a written work contract, no exceptions. It will both save you face at the end: Your clients will have protection on intellectual property and you can avoid payment issues or having to resort to collection processes that are too cumbersome to even think of. Good luck!
answered May 31 '11 at 08:43