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What to include in your Graphic Design Contract

Updated: Nov 13, 2023




Creating a solid graphic design contract is a key part of running your design business. It protects both you and your Client and helps you keep boundaries. More importantly, when a client sees that you have a solid contract, they’ll have more confidence in working with you. Having a graphic design contract makes you look more professional in front of your Clients. Below you will find a few things you should include in your freelance graphic design contract.



A detailed description of the project and project scope.


It's important to outline what the project includes and also the deliverables your Client will be receiving at the end of the project so there are no surprises.



Project Timeline


This helps you and your Client know how long it would take for the project to be completed. Adding a detailed timeline and specific dates for design presentations anmd feedback all of these into your freelance design contract helps both you and the client stay on track for the project. They know when to expect work from you, and you can rest assured that they won’t be texting you 100 times a day for updates.



Payment Details


Clearly state the payment details (most designers require a 50% deposit before the work begins) and the payment schedule. If you offer payment plans or split your payments - make sure to include the dates when the payments need to be made and what happens if they don't.


Copyright


Make sure to specify who retains the Copyright of the designs after the project is completed. You can also mention that you'll have the right to share the finished designs on social media or your website for portfolio purposes.


Termination Clause


Most designer contracts will state that either the designer or the client can terminate the project at any time. Make sure to clearly outline what happens with the payment and the designs when either party decides to terminate the project.


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