SAMPLE FREELANCE WRITING CONTRACT
Parties and Assignment. This agreement (the "Agreement") is made and entered into as of the ____ day of
__________, 2XXX (the “Effective Date”) by and between ____________________________ (company name,
hereafter referred to as “Client”), having a place of business at _____________________________________________
and The Writer (hereafter referred to as “Writer”). The contract is in regards to professional freelance writing
services to be performed on/for the following project (s):
In consideration of the mutual covenants made herein, the parties agree as follows:
Work. Writer agrees to produce written materials such as text and articles (the “Work”) at the request of the Client for
fees agreed upon in advance and turn in or deliver the Work by an agreed upon deadline. Writer agrees that she will be
the sole author of the Work, which will be original work by Writer, free of plagiarism. Writer agrees to use reasonable
care to ensure that all facts and statements in the Work are true and that the Work does not infringe upon any copyright,
right of privacy, proprietary right, right of publicity or any other right of a third party. Writer agrees that Client has the
right to edit the Work as it deems appropriate for publication, and that Writer will cooperate with Client in editing and
otherwise reviewing the Work prior to publication. Writer will cooperate with Client if any complaints, claims or
litigation should arise regarding the Work.
Confidentiality: Writer acknowledges that he/she may be furnished or may otherwise receive or have access to
information which relates to the Client’s past, present or future products, vendor lists, creative works, marketing
strategies, pending projects and proposals, and other proprietary information which gives the Client an opportunity to
acquire an advantage over its competitors who do not know or use it (the "Proprietary Information"). Writer agrees to
preserve and protect the confidentiality of the Proprietary Information and all physical forms thereof, whether disclosed
to Writer before this Agreement is signed or afterward. In addition, Writer shall not disclose or disseminate the
Proprietary Information to any third party and shall not use the Proprietary Information for his or her own benefit or for
the benefit of any third party. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Writer shall be prohibited from
discussing the Client or the Work with a representative of the press or media, either directly or indirectly, without the
Client’s express prior written approval.
Compensation. Client agrees to pay Writer one of the following: $___________ per hour, $ ___________ per word, or
a flat fee of $___________. If the parameters of the Work changes, or if it involves much more time than originally
estimated, Writer will inform Client and they can renegotiate the rate. Writer will bill for half of the total estimated cost
when Writer begins the Work and the rest upon completion. Writer will submit the final invoice for the Work upon
receiving approval from Client. If Writer has not received any comments or revisions within a week of submitting a
completed draft, Writer will send the invoice. Writer requires half of the total estimate cost up front before beginning a
rush job if for a first-time client.
Writer requires a purchase order number or an initialized agreement before beginning Work. Incidental expenses such
as long distance phone calls, postage, courier service, are absorbed by Writer. Mileage to special events or interviews is
billed at the rate currently accepted by the IRS.
Writer is responsible for the payment of all federal, state and/or local taxes with respect to the services she performs for
the client as an independent contractor. The Client will not treat Writer as an employee for any purpose.
Payment and Collection. Unless otherwise specified in writing, invoices not paid within 30 days of the invoice date
will accrue interest at 1.5% per month. Client agrees to pay for each check returned for insufficient funds or any other
reason $25 per occurrence or 5% of the value of each returned item, whichever is greater. Client agrees to pay all
reasonable attorney’s fees (at least 15% of all amounts due, including interest) if any account is placed with an attorney
for collection. Client agrees that the purchase of the services described herein constitutes “doing business” in the State
of California and submits itself to the jurisdiction of the State of California with respect to any suit brought by The
Writer to collect any sums hereunder. The parties agree that the only venue for any suit brought by either of them with
respect to the services sold hereunder shall be in the State Court of Williamson County.
Client Approval. Client is responsible for written approval of work ordered (i.e., copy, design, photography,
typesetting, and other services) required for the completion of the Work. This approval can be in the form of initials or
Upon acceptance of the Work, client accepts responsibility for any further processes in which this work is used (i.e.,