Re: techwr-l digest: October 20, 2002

Subject: Re: techwr-l digest: October 20, 2002
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 14:43:33 -0700

David Neeley wrote:

In general, though, the primary point that you should
get a formal contract signed by your employing party
is a sound one. Likewise, when a client instructs you
to make changes that are beyond the scope of the
original agreement, you should get change orders from
him/her/it. This serves several purposes, including
helping assure you and your client are "on the same
page" (which use is the origin of the term, I think!)
and helping you have an easier time of it should you
ever have to sue over unpaid fees.

In addition, clients' attitudes about a contract are often the first indication of what working with them will be like. Clients who refuse to sign any sort of contract, delay doing so, or argue extensively about contracts - however friendly the fashion in which they do so - are often ones that are most difficult to work with or to collect money from.

My position is that clients who intend to deal fairly generally have no reason to balk at a standard contract.In fact, they should welcome a contract as a sign that you're prepared and professional.

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

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