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explorador - 3:23 pm on Sep 2, 2011 (gmt 0)What's included in the price
Great post rocknbil, a lot of things covered.
As for contract, the crucial stuff is to define when or how the relationship could be terminated and in what terms. Most of this documents goes to clarify what are your responsibilities and of your client.
How long you can mantain the price
How other stuff (and what) can increase the costs
Deadlines, how and when your client should deliver the content and ideas to you in specific dates.
How a delayed delivery can compromise the project depending on special dates and even to the point of making the project a bad idea for you or the client.
Clarify the ownership of each stuff. Some clients claim that even the unused drafts belong to them. Make clear what will be delivered to the client and when
The previos one applies even to when the project is finished, perhaps at your server, this means if the client should find someone to take out the files and migrate or if you offer this on a CD or tarball, etc.
Make clear that some stuff will not depend on you (define them) and you can't go on on certain steps until that info or material is delivered to you, and that's not entirely your responsibility.
I work this way with my clients after my own mistakes, being too friendly and learning from friends and guidelines of formal companies.
Some clients hate this protocol mainly because it puts responsibility on their shoulders too, not only mine but this is the way to work. Basically with big companies this is the way in my experience, and the payment has been sometimes 20%, then 20% and the rest at the end. It might vary on your taste or the company.
In my country you can buy "fianzas" for contracts (usually the contractor is the one who pays for it). Found the traslation as "Bond", it is some sort of insurance for the job. This implies in most cases that a certain company or whatever might review the work and decide if you were loyal to the contract, then aproving the payment. It could mean differences of payment (sanctions) on quality or schedule. Is not very common but big audited companies in my country opt for it.
So discuss all these with your client, what matters at the end is what's on the contract, it will protect your client and it will protect you too.
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