Crafting a Contract: Part III — Loose Ends

Man Signing Contract

Many questions at Bootcamp 2010 focused on defining clauses for contracts that dealt with special situations, as well as formulating a solid agreement.

In the first two parts of this series, I covered a contract’s basic components and defining a contract’s agreement, and I also provided a detailed look at the contents of your work package inside the contract.

Sometimes, when sharing materials and dividing responsibilities within a project, it can create loose ends. Fortunately, there are several clauses you can use in your contract to clarify these types of situations and keep things moving smoothly.

Specific things to consider and address include your responsibilities versus those of your clients, situations that affect you getting paid, and using guarantees.

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This article is part of the Crafting Contracts series.

Series Table of Contents:

  1. Crafting a Contract: Part 1 – The Basic Pieces
  2. Crafting a Contract: Part II — Defining Your Work Package
  3. Crafting a Contract: Part III — Loose Ends (This Article)

Nadine White

I am a new web writer and site designer. I have 25 years of writing statements of work for the government and requests for proposals to work with but little network to go with it. I have business sites I am developing on GoDaddy and SBI, but no personal website and no social networking. Not interested in them yet.


  • Hi Nadine, thanks for the info on writing contracts. I think this is an often overlooked subject when it comes to discussions on copywriting and copywriters.

    When I started out I used a simple one page agreement. I don’t like thinking about how many times I got burned for my fees. Or how many times I had to chase clients down for money .

    Too much wasted time and i was lucky to paid 50% of the time.

    Fortunately for the past couple of years I have worked with honest, professional clients who have honored my simple contracts to the letter.

    Now as I am going after new clients I am again looking into the issue of creating a fairly iron-clad contract to protect my self and my rights.

    Your advice is right on the mark. Thanks for sharing this.

    Rick De Lima

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