A contract doesn’t really give you that much legal protection.
Don´t be silly, of course it does. And I´ll tell you more, sometimes a signature isn´t even required, as we all know around these parts, a simple click can do the job, just be sure to have all the words included.
On the other hand, I agree, they might not be the most inexpensive and practical solution, but yes, they do give you all the possible legal protection one is entitled to.
I think there are a couple of golden rules I stick with:
- Never work without having your deposit on your account. - Never lower your prices. If you do so is like losing integrity and professionalism.
Submitting a free mockup imo, is simply a way to say that you aren’t sure you can meet the client’s expectations, and same thing if you lower your fee to fit a budget.
The portfolio must be the proof that you have the talent to achieve a project, I don’t know if I am too proud of me, but at least I don’t face that kind of issue anymore . For me life is about taking care of yourself before anyone else (even if it sounds selfish).
I would really like for him to see this thread.
A contract makes many things clear. My point is that when it comes to a dispute, unless you’re willing and able to carry it through the legal process, it’s not worth much.
I’m not being silly. I’m speaking from hard won experience.-felt.
A big issue with freelancing is determining what laws govern the contract. When setting one up, it’s a good thing to include that the laws of your country apply (might scare off the client). Otherwise you’ll have to travel half way around the world perhaps or get legal help there, which is both unacceptable in 99.99999% of the cases.