The 4 Must-Haves for any Freelance Design Contract

As a freelancer, we understand that you wear a lot of hats. From the actual job, the follow-thru on payment, handling taxes; it’s easy to get caught up in feeling overwhelmed. It’s for this exact reason that having a clearly defined contract is so important. As a designer, this may feel like you’re working with the wrong side of your brain.

Simple steps to a better design contract – Quiktract App For Creatives

Luckily, we are here to help demystify some of these things and make sure you know the absolute “must-haves” any agreement you draft up should include.

1. Outline The Process 

When working with a client it can be easy to gloss over the “How” and only focus on the “What.” Meaning, often times you will come to an agreement on what the finished product should be and not necessarily the steps you need to take to get there.

In any agreement make sure you outline the key benchmarks and feedback methods you’d like to set up in order to stay on track.

2. Get Clear On Payment

In any business deal knowing your worth is key. The same should ring true when drafting your contract. The murkier the payment specifics the easier it is to not get paid, simple as that. By creating exact payment dates, whether that be something arbitrary or at the completion of the job, you can remain on top of getting your money.

Another beneficial thing to do is ask for an upfront deposit. Prepayment is helpful when working with a new client. It allows both parties to stay focused and helps instill trust early on.

3. Know Your Rights

In another blog post I talked about being wary of the “Work For Hire” agreement. Now, contracts like this in the design space are a little more common than in music; but that doesn’t mean that that always has to be the case. A “Work For Hire” agreement gives your client 100% right to do whatever they wish with your finished product.

If you feel like the price you’re agreeing to isn’t fair, then there is nothing wrong with charging more. Clearly understanding your usage rights is critical to any contract you sign.

Here’s a video of one of our community member’s telling the story of how a design she got paid $40 for ended up on Kendall Jenner.

4. Revisions. Revisions. Revisions

The job isn’t done until it’s done. That may sound repetitive, but that is just a fact of doing business. It is important not only to meet your deadline but to also maintain a healthy working relationship with your client. Many times I’ve been on the wrong end of an agreement where I found myself making the 8th tweak to a logo with my only design notes being, “Can you make this pop more?”

Design Revisions – Quiktract App For Creatives

It’s important to avoid that at all cost. The best thing to do is to clearly outline the number of acceptable revisions on any job. This client may not know how much work goes into something, and that’s perfectly okay – it’s why they called you.

By outlining that your willing to do 3 revisions max, it allows your client to be more careful and precise with the changes that they might ask to make.

Have any other contract “must-haves” as a designer? Feel free to let us know and be sure to download Quiktract, the easiest way to draft up your next design agreement!

Cole Midkiff

Founder

Best App For Professional Athletes; How To Reduce Sports Agent Fees

Professional Athletes have a stigma, commonly known as primadonnas who make too much and whine about everything. Coming from a former athlete, it is not always easy, the countless hours of practice, meetings, games, dealing with family, fan appreciations, off the field/court, it can be exhausting. While to the outside world it may look like athletes have a lot of “help” from sports agents, managers or just friends that help out, it truly takes a village.

Athletes creating contracts for daily life – Quiktract App For Pro Athletes

We at Quiktract created our app with everyone in mind, including the professional athletes.

Not only do I have an athlete background, I currently work within the professional athlete world.

I am known as a manager/agent to athletes. Usually, a manager is a childhood friend, family member or someone the athlete is close to. A lot of athletes puts these people in the manager position to prevent just handing them money and/or them just living off the athlete. Managers typically handle the day-to-day business for an athlete, whether it is pertaining directly to the athlete themselves, family or that business deal they have been working on.

Choosing a manager that is close to you, as an athlete comes with both pros and cons. Just as being the manager and being close with the athlete comes pros and cons. In our society today we hear so many horror stories about business endeavors going wrong.

In recent news, Lonzo Ball’s manager stole $1.5 million dollars from him, despite him being someone he considered family, it happens. Always putting athletes in a difficult position to pick up the pieces, move on and trust someone else.

Much different than a manager, agents – the “Jerry McGuire’s” of the world, take a percentage of the athlete’s contract, as well as percentage cuts on any marketing deals that the Agents help obtain for the athletes. Having a “good” agent is definitely necessary for an athlete, they need that person to go to bat for them when they are discussing a new deal with teams and helping them maximize their opportunities.

However, with Quiktract, it helps eliminate the cost of paying an annual salary to a manager or a percentage of a marketing deal to an agent. Quiktract has made it easier for athletes to handle more of their own business. When it comes to the day to day “transactions” they do not need an agent negotiating a contract for the nanny, house cleaner, or dog walker, just as they no longer need an agent negotiating all marketing deals.

Athletes daily contracts – Quiktract App For Pro Athletes

Quiktract allows athletes to make easy, simple and effective agreements that are functional for everyone.

Sometimes, athletes get dependent on having someone else do their tasks for them, causing them to forget what they are capable of. The stigma of an athlete is being broken down, today we are starting to see a trend, athletes are doing more business on their own! Athletes are more capable than ever of handling their day-to-day matters and Quiktract is the perfect app for athletes to assist in making this possible.

Are you an athlete looking for a platform to handle your day-to-day transactions? An athlete’s manager or agent looking to hand back some tasks to the athlete? Or you just someone looking for an app that will make your day-to-day transactions easier?

Download Quiktract now to start making easy, simple & effective agreements within seconds!

By | 2019-05-29T05:08:27+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Contracts, General Quiktract, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Tips For More Effective Networking For Freelancers; How To Get More Freelance Clients

Networking is an interesting exercise. As freelancer trying to shake the right hands or leverage an existing relationship, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of putting yourself out there. However, one conversation or connection can put you on path to achieving all of your business dreams.

Some of us thrive off of meeting new people, and some are a little less thrilled by the idea. Whichever boat you are in, there are tactics and strategies you can utilize to help you not just exchange business cards but forge long-term, strategic and meaningful relationships.

Tips on preparing for your next freelance networking event– Quiktract App

As a freelancer, networking is your meal ticket. You need to be starting conversations with new clients, as well as nurturing connections for continuous work.

Below are 5 tips for more effective networking for freelancers.

1. Get in the Right Mindset.

We all want to connect.

No matter your hustle, we’re all just people at the end of the day. It’s really as simple as that. People want to connect, they may not always know how or where, but when they find someone and forge a bound – it means something.

Remembering this before you go to a mixer or out to a bar is the first step to creating a memorable moment.

Tips on preparing for your next freelance networking event– Quiktract App

Set yourself apart by saying, “I am going to meet some very cool and interesting people” and not “I am going to find my next 10 clients”.

Want to find networking events in your area, but not sure where to start? Check out Search Engine Journal’s 13 Awesome Professional Networking Alternatives to LinkedIn for some useful platforms to help you find relevant networking events near you and get more freelance clients.

2. Have Your _____ Together.

As a freelancer, you run your whole operation.

This means your presentation falls 100% squarely on your shoulders. Be sure your website, portfolio, and even your Instagram are up-to-date and showcase your work in the best possible light.

Making the connection is one thing, but the gig usually isn’t yours until the client has done a little bit of homework on you.

3. Add Value.

It can be a dog-eat-dog world for a freelancer.

It is very easy to get consumed in only thinking about yourself and the bottom line. It’s important (and healthy) to take time to see how you can help others on their journey. It doesn’t have to be working for free or anything like that, it could be something as simple as offering insight or playing matchmaker with a potential client and someone you may know with a particular skill set.

Take some time to take the blinders off and help others succeed! Doing so without asking for anything in return isn’t only a kind thing to do, it can help strengthen your relationships down the line.

4. Get Social.

How to connect with more freelance clients – Quiktract App

It’s 2019, people hardly leave their house as it is! Platforms like Instagram are a fantastic place to showcase your skills and network with other like-minded individuals.

Take some time to discover who are the interesting and most helpful voices in your field and connect. It is also the most direct route from A-to-B when it comes to sharing relevant information and articles that may help others.

For some more tips on how to network your freelance business on Instagram, check out How To Network On Instagram Direct Message by Gary Vaynerchuk.

5. Ask For Help.

Truth be told, this is a huge one for me. Some of my most important connections came from me simply asking for help from someone I respect.

Now, by asking for help that doesn’t mean “Excuse me, can you stop everything and mentor me please?!” No, it means something else entirely.

A sure fire way to set yourself apart from most of your contemporaries is actually by not thinking you have it all figured out.

“Hey, what do you look for in a designer?”

“What are some books on finance you could recommend?”

Simply put, find individuals you would like to work with and ask them for help. You will be surprised how willing most people are to shell out advice on a topic instead of listen to your elevator pitch.

Tips to crushing your next networking event – Quiktract App

Doing this breathes a sigh of humility and allows someone to have a more honest dialogue.

What are some other helpful networking tips you’ve received? Reach out and let us know!

To learn more about networking for your freelance business, read our relationship expert, Blake Stanton’s advice on building business relationships.

Cole Midkiff

Founder

Why Freelancers Fail; What Freelancing Is Really Like

I started Quiktract the day I saw a friend of mine get screwed out of $800. This was by no means the first time any fellow freelancer I’ve known has gotten ripped off, but for some reason this time it stung.

It felt permanent, it felt heavy, and must of all – it felt avoidable. As I sat there in his Toyota Matrix I knew this was a problem that could truly be fixed. The only question was, how?

My name is Cole and I’ve worn my fair share of hats over the years. Whether it was designing clothes or writing songs, I’ve always found my place nestled somewhere inside of the creative process. I’ve created things that I am tremendously proud of and equally also created things that make me thankful that there’s such thing as a “delete” button.

Why Freelancers Fail - What Freelancing Is Really Like – Quiktract Blog

Like a lot of creatives in the freelancer industry, I’ve learned pretty much everything I know through a healthy amount of “trial-and-error” and YouTube tutorials. Well everything, except how to run a business.

The mindset of most freelancers (myself included) was always very interesting to me.

How was it that all of us decided to go at it alone, trudging through the maze of the business world, and yet hardly treated ourselves like the businesses we were?

We would find ourselves staring down the barrel of a 6th logo revision questioning why a weekend job has dragged on for a month; only to then wait weeks longer for payment that would then take 2 more weeks to clear.

Why Freelancers Fail – Agreements and Legal Documents - Quiktract

The truth is, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. One of my favorite sayings ever goes like this, “what you tolerate, you encourage” and that just about sums up the woes of freelance life for me.

The even crazier part was how we would orchestrate these deals in the first place. Never mind tolerating the utterly ambiguous deadlines, the hazy payment dates, and the terms that would magically change. How could we ever expect this to work out?

What’s worse was sometimes deals like this would go off without a hitch, essentially just reinforcing this system. Stringing together two weeks’ worth of text messages to clarify things we could’ve made clear with a simple agreement if we both stopped being “cool” about it.

How Freelancers Make Agreements - Quiktract

It was that idea of being “cool about it” that interested me the most during the conceptualization of Quiktract. As silly as it may seem, in the freelance creative world, most contracts have a stigma attached to them. They feel harsh, final, and reek of corporate America (I know right)!

It’s why Quiktract is all about removing that heavy-handed feeling. It’s never been solely about streamlining a process, but rather encouraging clarity.

This is what we strive for at Quiktract.

How To Layout Terms For Freelance Work - Quiktract

I want to live in a world where we all feel comfortable laying out the specifics of a job and know that we’re on the same page. I want to live in a world where if plans change we don’t send ourselves down a text conversation rabbit hole fishing for answers.

I’m excited for a future that looks like that, and I think we just might be on our way!

Cole Midkiff
Quiktract Founder

Meet Dwayne | #ineedquiktract

The Quiktract launch will bring with it a wide variety of templates within the app that can be used by both service providers and buyers to initiate a Quiktract with another party. Streamlined and simple, these templates provide individuals with a straight-forward way to quickly get their agreements in writing. With a mission to serve as broad of user base as possible out of the gate, the depth of the templates in version one is quite extensive and includes everything from a general services template to templates for Landscapers, Babysitters, Coaches, Tutors, Fitness Instructors, Entertainers and more. It is important for us as a company to meet the needs of our user base while also providing the framework to make things simple and we’ve worked to build a diverse template base for the first version of the app.

Garnering user feedback, and understanding how those that we’ve shared Quiktract with to-date will use the app, is incredibly important to our company. Our processes and the technology we are building are being defined and tweaked by real-world people to ensure the most optimum fit possible.

As part of this process we’ve started having open conversations with those that have reviewed Quiktract, understand its mission, and believe heavily in its premise. Those conversations now form the baseline for a video series under development called appropriately enough #ineedquiktract.

Above you will find the first video in a 10-part series with individuals from all walks of life and all user types. In this first video Dwayne discusses the challenges of being a singer / song-writer and how Quiktract could be used by up-and-coming artists that need to get terms quickly in the simplest of forms.

Enjoy!

By | 2018-11-20T02:27:10+00:00 November 7th, 2018|#ineedquiktract, Uncategorized|0 Comments