Get an attorney-drafted template for the independent contractor helping in your creative business. Need some help in running your business, but you're not ready to hire a “real” employee yet? This independent contractor Agreement will cover your bum so that you can do YOU. This template comes with highlighted fields so that you can customize the services you are hiring out -- including all of the legalese to make it legit in the eyes of a higher power, a judge, or Oprah (not necessarily in that order). Don’t let the logistics keep you from expanding your business and getting quality help for the stuff that is NOT in your zone of genius (Do you really want to learn Facebook ads? Liquid? PHP? Illustrator?)
Within 20 minutes you will be ready to dash this out to your team! You can upload it to a free e-sign service like Hellosign or Docusign, or can integrate it into your client software system like Dubsado, 17 Hats, or Honeybook.
Perfect for: Small Businesses who want to hire freelancers, event planners, graphic designers, virtual assistants (VAs), social media managers, fulfillment helpers, part-time assistants, stylist, SEO consultant, customer service help, photographer, vegan-dog-food-stop-motion-photographer or literally any of the BAJILLION new jobs the Internet is making up every day.)
Independent contractor status statement
payment details (including when and how much money will be paid out)
intellectual property/content ownership
deliverables you expect from the services
how will revisions work and who approves them
confidentiality clause so that what happens in your business STAYS in your business
carefully non-competition/non-solicitation language so that your help stays as an independent contractor, but also can’t screw you over
disclaimer and liability protection so that if things go wrong they don’t REALLY go wrong, contract kill-button clause
PLUS all of the boring legal mumbo-jumbo that turns this into a real bonafide contract you can feel proud of putting your name on.
Template in an editable Word .doc format with customizable fields/options
Video screenflow of creative attorney Brittany Ratelle walking you through the template
.PDF of license, instructions, and our favorite hacks for customizing contract templates
License to use the template for your business purposes (you can send to an attorney or those you are doing business with, on your team and theirs).
Not a good fit if:
If you need a part-time or full-time employee (make sure that you aren’t misclassifying someone who is helping you as an independent contractor when she is really an employee. *HINT*: If you are controlling her hours, where she does the job, and providing the materials/supplies -- she is probably an employee!! Get thee to your accountant/payroll guru with HASTE!
If YOU are the one providing services for clients -- we recommend our Client Service Agreement (launching soon!)
Jurisdiction: This template adheres to the US principles of contract law and is designed for those doing business in the United States. While similar principles may apply in your jurisdiction, please consult with a local attorney. Please consult with a local attorney if you have any business-specific questions.
Disclaimer: The template includes instructions to customize the form for your particular business and creative needs. While this is an attorney-drafted document, the online landscape changes quickly and decisively and nothing in this transaction or document establishes an attorney-client relationship. If you have questions about the contract terms and whether it fits your specific vision, operations or strategy -- please contact an attorney who practices in this area in your jurisdiction. This template is sold by Brittany Ratelle, LLC which is NOT a law firm and cannot offer you legal advice in applying this document to your particular fact situation. The information offered on CreativeContracts.co or BrittanyRatelle.com should be considered informational only and is NOT LEGAL ADVICE.
Authorized Use:This template is for your individual use only. You may reuse this form as many times as you need for your business transactions, or in multiple brands or businesses as long as it is owned and controlled by the same purchaser. Brittany Ratelle LLC grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use the template in your business or personal affairs. You can send it to whoever you are doing business with for their signature (including their support staff), and you can send it to an attorney to review or edit.
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