Contracts and invoices go hand-in-hand, and often signpost the start and end of a project. So it’s worth knowing a little about how the two work together.
Sometimes, at the beginning of a project, a company will create a contract for you, and ask you to fill out a form. At other times, you’ll have to create your own. Either way, it’s important to have one, and to ensure you’ve read every inch of it so that you completely understand what you’re agreeing to. Here are a few things to watch out for:
💳 Check the fee
How much are they are offering in terms of payment? Be sure that this is clear and that you can actually deliver within that budget before accepting the job. You also don’t want to get to the stage of invoicing to realise that you had different payment figures in mind.
🗓 Check when you’ll get paid
Generally speaking, all invoices should be paid within 30 days. This is a general timeframe and most companies will adhere to this, but check your contract for any differing dates or times. You might be able to ask the employer for a different time frame, but never assume that it’s shorter.
Ideally, you want to have the contract signed and all the negotiations done before you start the work, as it can be difficult to renegotiate once you’ve started. If you’re looking for more advice on contracts specifically, check out our guide to being commissioned here.