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Chapter
5

Defining project and project period

Part 3: Define the project

As a freelancer, you're probably familiar with the standard terms used in contracts. But just in case, here's a quick rundown of some of the key concepts.

The project

For any freelancer contract, it is essential to accurately define the project. Doing so will provide both parties with a clear understanding of what is expected and help to avoid any misunderstandings later on.‍

This should include a detailed description of the work to be completed, as well as any deadlines or milestones that need to be met. By doing this, you can avoid any misunderstandings or disputes down the road. This can be defined in the contract. The type of work, timeline, budget, and other important project details should be included in the contract so that both parties are clear about the Terms of Agreement.

To start the section off, simply state what you will be doing as is customary in your industry and niche. For example, "Designing a logo for Company X." The other provisions will be addressed below. 

Part 4: Define the project period‍

Project period 

This is the timeframe in which the freelancer will complete the project. It's important to be specific here so that there's no confusion about when the work is due.

In a freelancer contract, the project period is defined as the time frame during which the work is to be completed. This period is typically agreed upon by both parties before work begins. If no specific project period is agreed upon, it's generally assumed that the work will be completed within a reasonable amount of time.‍

What does a reasonable amount of time mean in your work/industry? If you are an architect building a skyscraper, a reasonable amount of time is probably a bit longer than a graphic designer creating ten icons for a brand’s website.

In your workbook, identify the scope of your three projects and what a reasonable amount of time would be.

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