Work terms are the conditions that the freelancer and the client agree to work on and setting your work terms beforehand is essential. There are many different work terms and differs from person to person as well as business to business, however you need you to set the work terms that works for both you and your client.
Importance of setting work terms earlier:
Setting your work terms at the earlier stage in your business is a crucial part as it helps avoid any misunderstanding between both the parties regarding the freelance jobs. It gives a clear understanding of your working schedule, allowing your client to know your terms before agreeing on any business. Moreover this benefits both the freelancer and the client, as for both the parties can decide whether or not they can do business together on basis of their agreed work terms and if not, they could search for someone else. Setting work terms earlier avoids any problems that could occur later due to any possible reason, including not having work terms decided beforehand.
Types of work terms:
The working terms may vary from industry to industry or even from project to project and it depends of you and the client that you agree to do your business on. There are many different types of work terms but the basic work terms are the following; payment, types of projects, and deadlines. Payment could be the most critical work term that needs to be set earlier because a lot of problems could arise in future and affect your business. Therefore, having your prices listed straight for the freelancing jobs is essential before agreeing on working together. Another vital work term that needs to be set is the types of project you agree to work on as a freelancer because if you fail to agree on that, the client may ask you to work on many different types of projects which you may or may not have skills in.
In addition, having the types of projects you work on as a work term will keep your interest in working. The next important work term to agree on is the deadline schedule because as a freelancer you would like to have enough time to work on the project to do a good job. For instance as a freelance writer having the basic work terms set including set price, set category of topics to write on and lastly the time needed for the project are necessary, however it may differ from freelancer to freelancer.