While the idea of freelance can be liberating, as a Virtual Assistant, you must protect yourself with your freelance contract. In this blog, we will go over the crucial things that you must include in your agreement. They will not only keep you safe and sane but will help keep the newly formed business relationship symbiotic.
Start At The Beginning
The first thing you need to do in your contract is to outline the parties involved and an overview of the work you will be providing. Be sure to include the company name in your agreement, don't shy away from being overly formal. You can even specify that said company will be referred to as "Client" in the rest of the document in your opening. Then, in the introduction, provide an overview of the work requirements and expectations and a start date, and, if applicable, a time frame for which the work is delivered. What You Need To Do Your Job This section of a Virtual Assistants contract is about what resources you need to fulfil your job requirements. For example, do you need access to specific files within the company? When will you need these resources to complete your job in the time frame you've outlined? Writing this out in a contract will protect a freelance VA from unforeseen costs, such as software or tech platforms you may have to purchase to do your job. The last thing you want to do is have your client and boss blame you for missing a dealing because you didn't have access to the resources you require.
One of the things that happen most to uncontracted assistants is late or missed payments. Protect yourself against this by writing in your contract when you will be paid and how you will receive the payment. For example, if you are being invoiced by the project, specify that you'll be delivered three days to complete said task. Or, if you are hourly, write that you are paid every other Friday of your employment. For many employees, discussing the ins and outs of payment can be uncomfortable, but you leave yourself open to missed or late payments without a contract, something that most freelancers simply cannot afford. If The Worst Happens Termination is never something a newly hired assistant wants to think about, but it happens. Sometimes things don't work out, or the working relationship isn't a good fit. You must protect yourself against unlawful firing or being forced to continue in an unhealthy work environment in your contract. Along with your new boss, write out what would be fair reasoning for termination. Then if the worst happens, the agreement supports you in leaving the job. If things don't work out for other reasons not specified in the contract, both parties must give two to four week's notice.