As an independent contractor, I have come to realize the importance of having a contract for nearly every project.
The contract that I use is provide by the Freelancer’s Union.
Client’s and I go over their wants and needs in a website project, then I create a draft contract for review. We then negotiate the terms and Project Plan. The contract is either signed in person or via an online document signing software.
It is rare to have disputes once the contract is signed, but it is crucial to stay within contract standards once it is signed.