Check Your Contract!
A contract tool for artists & freelancers
The Contract Checklist for Design and Drawing
If you're a creator who provides high quality freelance design and drawing services, you're going to love the Contract Checklist.
The Checklist is a tool that helps you make sure the contracts you sign are right. Without having to hire an attorney.
I'm an attorney who specializes in serving artists and freelancers. I've read hundreds of service agreements and I know all the nooks and crannies where crummy terms like to hide.
I built the Checklist because I think creators should be able to understand their contracts without having to hire an attorney. I can't change the way other attorneys write contracts, but I can teach you how to read them.
I designed the Checklist with the following goals in mind:
- Provide a simple structure that makes reading contracts easier and less intimidating.
- Help creators determine if a contract has terms that have the biggest impact on their work, no matter how convoluted the language is.
- Make it easy to highlight and organize the changes a contract needs so creators feel confident in their negotiations.
I tested the Checklist with several creators and used their feedback to make improvements and add resources that make the Checklist even more useful.
And now I'm ready to share the Contract Checklist with you!
The only way you can get the Checklist is by enrolling in the Check Your Contract! course
Here's what you'll get...
The course provides the instruction and direction you need to use the Checklist effectively.
In addition to learning how to use the Checklist, you'll learn
- the meaning of common contract terms,
- which terms will help you manage your client relationships, and why that's important,
- the different ways intellectual property ownership can work,
- basic guidelines on how licensing works, and considerations for structuring your licenses,
- why it's important to "do the math" in your contracts, and how to do it when you don't have all the details,
- how to use the Checklist in negotiations,
- and a whole lot more!
I'm an attorney and negotiation coach committed to helping freelancers and artists protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do.
I'd love to be able to work one-on-one with every artist and freelancer who needs my help, but it turns out there are only so many hours in a day. That's why I decided to start creating courses that teach creators skills to protect themselves and their work.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you hire an attorney, a review can take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. At $350 an hour, that's a good amount of cash!
Even if you only have 2-3 contracts a year that need to be reviewed, that can add up to $1,750 (or more).
The Contract Checklist isn't the same as working with an attorney. No piece of paper can replace the advice and insight of a living, breathing human.
But the Checklist helps you with a big chunk of what attorneys do when they conduct a review: identify the terms that are in the contract and how that matches up with your expectations.
In situations where that's all you really need from a contract review, the Checklist can help.
The Checklist is also a great tool to use with your attorney. By reviewing the contract and filling out the Checklist beforehand, you can use their time more efficiently and focus their attention on the issues you need the most help with.
If you are a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, web designer, or animator, the Checklist can help you better understand and negotiate the contracts you're asked to sign. Don't wait, sign up now!