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Work for Hire Agreement basics

Most people are under the assumption that they own the rights to any work they have paid for. Without a written Work for Hire Agreement in place, you may not necessarily own the rights to the work. For this reason, these agreements are often used when hiring writers and artists for projects. Having an independent contractor enter into an agreement will ensure that you obtain the rights to the work.

Use the Work for Hire Agreement document if:

  • You are hired as an independent contractor to complete a project.
  • You are hiring an independent contractor to complete a project.
  • You want to ensure the contractor has no rights of ownership over the work or product created under the agreement.

If you're looking to hire an independent contractor to complete work on a temporary basis, this work for hire contract helps outline your expectations as to how the job will be completed. A Work for Hire Agreement allows you to determine timelines, work schedules, milestones and payment terms, including any retainer fees, so that you worry less and enjoy the finished product more.

If you're hired as an independent contractor, a Work for Hire Agreement puts your obligations to clients in writing so that you're protected in the event of a disagreement. The work for hire document ensures you get paid and helps to maintain your professional relationships.

If you have legal needs outside of the Work for Hire Agreement, please check out our complete list of customizable service contracts. If you'd like more information about the hiring process, or employment forms, be sure to visit our Human Resources Guide.

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