Re: Sample Contract & Kill Fees

Subject: Re: Sample Contract & Kill Fees
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 14:49:39 -0700

freelance writer wrote:
> Also, does anyone include a "Kill Fee" in their contracts, and if so what are the reasons for doing so.

Kill fees are most useful in jobs where you are paid all or part of
your money upon completition. They guarantee that, if the work isn't
completed for some reason beyond your control, you will still get
some compensation for your time.

If you're paid on a hourly or daily rate, you don't need to worry
about kill fees, unless you have negotiated some sort of completion
bonus. You're being compensated as you go.

Usually, however, I try to avoid the entire question by working on
an hourly basis. However, I insist on a kill fee if I'm being paid a
flat rate upon completion. A company that deals with you honestly
has no reason not to agree to a kill fee. By contrast, a company
that balks at the idea may be untrustworthy and may not be one that
you'd want for a customer.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

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We make a mess of tenderness, we hit you with the truth,
There are days when we're almost human, days when it's shout or
The roughest kind of tenderness - we sing because we must."
-OysterBand, "No Reason to Cry"


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