All posts in the ‘ Contract Hacks ’ Category

If You Have a DIY Contract, Do These Things

When you first start working for yourself, having a DIY contract can make sense. There are a lot of good resources online so you don’t have to start from scratch, not to mention blog posts for just about every industry with Very Strong Opinions™ about what should and shouldn’t be in a standard contract.

Most importantly, DIYing a contract means that you can make sure … Read More

Shake: Create a Contract on Your Phone

Because of the limits of time and space, I can’t help all the freelancers who come to me needing a contract. But I hate turning people away without other options, so a while ago I started searching out low cost, quality alternatives for creating contracts for freelance work.

One of the resources I found and was impressed with is Shake, a contract drafting application … Read More

Contract Hacks: Reduce Your Risk

Every time you sign a contract, dear Freelancer, you make some pretty big promises.

And if you break those promises, on purpose or accidentally, you might be on the hook for some pretty big damages.

Here’s how to hack your contracts to reduce the risk of being stuck holding the bag.… Read More

Contract Hacks: Getting Paid When Things Go Kerflooey

One of the great virtues of having a contract is that it tells you what to do when things don’t work out the way you hoped they would.

Tucked away at the end of the contract are all sorts of helpful instructions on how much interest late payments will incur, where you can sue each other, and who is responsible for what.

One of those … Read More

Contract Hacks: Giving it All Away

Contract Hacks: making freelance contracts better, one hack at a time.… Read More

Contract Hacks: Show Me The Money

Want to know that One Thing you can do to make your contracts better? Then Contract Hacks is for you!

It’s a new semi-regular set of posts on the blog that will highlight different things you can do to make your contracts better.

First up: how to make sure you’re getting paid what you’re owed under a royalty contract.… Read More

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Copyright and Conflict in Collaborative Projects

One of the great things about making art is the opportunity to collaborate with other creators. You get to borrow each other’s brains, see stories through one another’s eyes, and create things together that neither of you could have created on your own. There’s just one little thing: it can be


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