Contracts - do you sign one every job you get on the internet?
Thread poster: Katia Perry

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Aug 24, 2003

Would you mind telling me whether you sign a contract for every job you get, even when it is accepted through internet?
I am starting working this way and don't know which is the "usual" way.
Thanks for any answer.
Regards,
Katia


 

Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Aug 24, 2003

Sometimes it is requested to sign a contract, usually the emails suffice, sometimes even a phone call suffices.
In any way a contract is concluded, the difference is only how well you could prove what has been agreed upon in the contract.


 

Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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It depends... Aug 24, 2003

Dear Katia,
It depends on the client. Most of my clients send me a PO (Purchase Order) and do not require a signature from me. I also have some clients who want me to sign their PO before I start working on a project. A few times, when I am I asked to work on a big project for a new client, I make them sign a contract and pay half of the money up front before I start working on their project. This is my experience. Use your instinct as well. If you are asked to work for a reliable and trusted company, there is not much to worry. If you are asked to work for some company you never heard of, or nobody knows them, then take all the precautious measurements (make them sign a contract, get their contact info, call them etc.) Hope this helps,
Monika

perry wrote:

Would you mind telling me whether you sign a contract for every job you get, even when it is accepted through internet?
I am starting working this way and don't know which is the "usual" way.
Thanks for any answer.
Regards,
Katia


 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Thanks, Harry May 13, 2004

Harry_B wrote:

Sometimes it is requested to sign a contract, usually the emails suffice, sometimes even a phone call suffices.
In any way a contract is concluded, the difference is only how well you could prove what has been agreed upon in the contract.


 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Monika May 13, 2004

Monika Coulson wrote:

Dear Katia,
It depends on the client. Most of my clients send me a PO (Purchase Order) and do not require a signature from me. I also have some clients who want me to sign their PO before I start working on a project. A few times, when I am I asked to work on a big project for a new client, I make them sign a contract and pay half of the money up front before I start working on their project. This is my experience. Use your instinct as well. If you are asked to work for a reliable and trusted company, there is not much to worry. If you are asked to work for some company you never heard of, or nobody knows them, then take all the precautious measurements (make them sign a contract, get their contact info, call them etc.) Hope this helps,
Monika

perry wrote:

Would you mind telling me whether you sign a contract for every job you get, even when it is accepted through internet?
I am starting working this way and don't know which is the "usual" way.
Thanks for any answer.
Regards,
Katia


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Very rarely May 14, 2004

perry wrote:
Would you mind telling me whether you sign a contract for every job you get, even when it is accepted through internet?


Very rarely. I determine whether a client or agency is bona fides in various ways, and I'm sure the client or agency does the same about me, and then the e-mail should suffice as a formal agreement.


 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Samuel May 16, 2004

Samuel Murray-Smit wrote:

perry wrote:
Would you mind telling me whether you sign a contract for every job you get, even when it is accepted through internet?


Very rarely. I determine whether a client or agency is bona fides in various ways, and I'm sure the client or agency does the same about me, and then the e-mail should suffice as a formal agreement.


 


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