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What is a Freelance Writer Contract?

Typically, Freelance Writer Contracts are designed to describe the terms and conditions connected to writing that will be provided. Making this essential document can limit the risk of potential disagreements and help the writer and the client maintain a mutual understanding regarding scope of work, timelines, and rates. When you build your Freelance Writer Contract on Rocket Lawyer, you have the option to activate Document Defense®, which enables an attorney to help you demand payment or otherwise enforce your legal rights.

When to use a Freelance Writer Contract:

  • You're an individual or business contracting a freelance writer for a writing project.
  • You're a freelance writer being contracted by an individual or business.

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This Writing Agreement (this "Agreement") is made effective as of , by and between , of , , , and , of , , .


DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES. Beginning on , will provide the following services (collectively, the "Services"): Writer will submit articles, blogs, and other written matter to the Service Recipient on on a basis. The writer will draft the article after a thorough research on the subject and the articles will maintain good standards. Writer will choose to write on subjects that are generally of interest to readers.


PAYMENT FOR SERVICES. will pay compensation to for the Services in the amount of . Payment shall be made by the Service Recipient as and when the Writer hands over the written material to the Service Recipient.


TERM/TERMINATION. This Agreement shall terminate automatically on .


RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. It is understood by the parties that is an independent contractor with respect to , and not an employee of . will not provide fringe benefits, including health insurance benefits, paid vacation, or any other employee benefit, for the benefit of .


Upon termination of this Agreement, will return to all records, notes, documentation and other items that were used, created, or controlled by during the term of this Agreement.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written.


SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.


APPLICABLE LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of .


SIGNATORIES. This Agreement shall be signed by on behalf of and by on behalf of . This Agreement is effective as of the date first above written.







By: Date:








By: Date:


Freelance Writer Contract FAQs

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  • Do I need a contract for writing services?

    Whether you are hiring a freelance writer or you are providing the writing services, it is important to get the terms in writing. You may decide to make a Freelance Writer Contract due to the fact that, when done accurately, it can grant these benefits:

    • Neither party is surprised by how long the engagement lasts
    • Payment requirements are well-defined
    • Roles and responsibilities are understood by both parties

    If you don't have a Freelance Writer Agreement, you might experience one or more of the following unwanted issues: worse service quality, vague timelines or delayed delivery, scope creep, the inability to get paid on time, and, not to mention, limited ability to make demands if something were to go wrong.

  • How do I make a contract for freelance writers?

    Before getting started, you should organize the following information for the Freelance Writer Contract:

    • The client's contact information
    • What tasks each party will be responsible for
    • How long the engagement will last
    • How much it will cost and when payment is due

    As usual, your document will also contain standard legal language with regard to the non-employment relationship between the freelance writer and client, the protection of confidential information, and lastly, liability for losses. While building your agreement, you'll also be able to designate its state of jurisdiction. Using the Rocket Lawyer document tool, you are able to make further alterations, as necessary.

    In almost all but a few special cases, the hiring party will expect to own the work product that the freelance writer creates as part of their agreement. The ownership of the work product is part of the written agreement to avoid any misunderstandings and to clear the hiring party's path to use the content as needed.

  • What would it traditionally cost for me to get a writer agreement template on my own?

    The fees associated with hiring and working with a lawyer could range between a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the level of complexity. To create a Freelance Writing Contract for free with Rocket Lawyer, start the process by clicking on the button that says "Make Document." If you'd like, you may also consider submitting your document for legal review by an Rocket Lawyer network attorney before you sign it.

    If you've got any questions about how to move forward, you can always talk to an attorney . You may also wish to take a look at our entire selection of business documents .

  • Will I need to do anything else after my Freelance Writing Contract is written?

    Upon completing your Freelance Writer Contract on Rocket Lawyer, you'll be able to retrieve it from your account anytime, anywhere. You also may engage with the document in one or all of these ways: editing, downloading it as a Word document or PDF file, printing it out, or signing it using RocketSign® once you're ready. Alongside each Freelance Writer Contract, there will be a checklist of tips to follow while finalizing the document. You will need to provide a copy of your fully signed agreement to your client.

  • Who should sign the Freelance Writing Contract?

    The Freelance Writer Contract should be signed by the representative of the company that is offering the position and the writer. There may be more than one person from the company that signs the contract. An example might be if there are multiple supervisors.

    If your freelance writer will be working remotely, you may be interested in having them sign remotely using RocketSign, which can be used with any device, anywhere, any time.

  • How can I get my Freelance Writer Contract checked by a professional?

    If you opt to try it by yourself, finding an attorney to review your contract can be costly. Certain lawyers will not even agree to review a contract that they didn't write. If a lawyer does decide to help, they most likely would still make you pay a fee for doing it. An easier way to get a second pair of eyes on your contract would be to go through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. As a Premium member, you can get your contracts evaluated by an experienced business attorney. Whether you end up producing more Freelance Writer Agreements or other documents for your business, we are here to help.

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