Mike Monteiro of Mule Design talks about why you should use contracts for creative consulting work.
It’s about a half hour long, but you can easily just tab out and listen. He also wrote a companion piece.
posted by Andrew Simone in design, law, video | * | 8 comments
Something about him gives the impression that he’s wearing a yarmulke.
That’s a nice shade of green.
Having now listened to the entire thing, this sounds like phenomenal advice for anyone providing contract-based work, whether it be a designer, a programming firm, or a carpenter.
This could not be more timely for me, as I’ve just had a client “go rogue.”
It reminds me of a bit of verse that my dear departed friend Leslie Harpold — also a good friend of Mike Monteiro’s — was fond of reciting to me:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Pay my ass.
Sippey commented about Twitter. Ha!
Wow. There are freelancers and consultants and contractors working without contracts? Or without even some form of legal boilerplate?
Well, yes, of course I know that there are. And I hope this reaches them.
I’ve written some not-so-solid contracts in my time, true (though I’ve learned to make them better — and to get legal counsel), but working without a contract in place is something I just don’t do.
I’ll be honest, I’ve done it but never for a project that would take more than three days (i.e., small stuff for friends and such). It’s not a good idea, but there it is.
Generally speaking, I submit proposals that spell out what I’m going to do, which clients then agree to in writing. That’s a legally binding “contract” but it doesn’t really offer enough protection in the event of contingencies. I do ok, but after watching this I think I’m going to tighten up.