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.
Establish ownership rights to the work. Even in service situations, a product is sometimes the result of the work, so you should also include which party retains ownership rights. For example, the copywriter can state that she turns over all rights to the writing of the brochure to the customer and that she makes no claims of ownership to the writing once the customer pays for the written product. Add signature and date lines. Be sure to provide a space for each party to sign and date.