Specify Time and Amounts of Payments - Entering your hourly rate and projected time for completion, or the total amount of payment for the project may not be enough. Depending on the project's scope, the contract should include: Any portion of fees to be paid upfront. Any fees to be paid at milestones as a project proceeds. Payment for work completed if a client cancels the contract. Late fees if the client doesn't pay on time. Hourly rate for your time due to delays caused by the client or for client's request to perform additional work.
Sign and Date the Contract - "If an entity is a party to a contract, it is imperative that the signature block properly identifies the party signing on behalf of that entity," writes Michigan attorney Michael J. Hamblin in his website's article How to Properly Sign a Contract so It Will Be Enforceable. The signature block should name the entity, then under the signature, the name and title of the person signing, such as: Jones Plumbing, LLC By: John Jones Manager. Each signee should include the date next to the signature.