5 Free to Use Freelance Design Contract Templates

The most important document a freelance designer will ever have is a rock-solid contract for clients. The worst thing is, though, freelance designers, especially when just starting out, simply don’t use them.

As a possible cost effective solution for you, in this article, we have highlighted some freely available sample contract templates you can use. You are allowed to use each of these samples in their entirety. Fill in the relevant personal, client and project details, and you use them as your own. Or, you could use them as a reference when drafting your personal version.

Whichever way you choose to use these contracts, it is recommended that you still have your contract draft checked by a lawyer. Always protect yourselves.

Contract Killer + Sample (via 24Ways.org)

Contract Killer contract Sample

This contract, from Andy Clarke, breaks through all of the nasty legal jargon and explains in clear and simple English, and with a touch of humor, what you should have in your contract and clearly clarifies what is expected of both sides [client and designer].

You can take all or any part of this contract to use for yourself. Tt has a creative commons attribution share-a-like license.

Freelance Web Designer Contract by Eskymo

Freelance Web Designer Contract

This contract has also been written so that there is not too much technical jargon and not full of legal speak. Its for freelancers that needs something simple, straightforward, that makes sense and doesn't confuse or intimidate in any way.

There are no major legal terms in the document at all… it simply does what it’s meant to – lay out the information that the client has supplied [the brief], it says what you’re going to do for them, how much your going to charge and what deadlines there are. Nice and simple.

You can download this contract in either .pdf, MS Office or Open Office formats.

AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

This professional contract does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this contractual agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it.

When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

Freelance Design Contracts and Templates from Sessions College

Freelance Design Contracts and Templates from Sessions College

These templates, from Sessions College, are in Illustrator (AI) format, which means you can customize the entire document to your personal requirements. To access and download this contract template you do need to signup first, which is a pain, but worth it.

Sample Contract Templates

All of the generic sample contracts below have been written as straight forward as ‘copy & paste’ templates. You will need to edit them as per your personal and business needs.

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Paul Andrew

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Comments

  • very good work it was useful for the terms and aggrement i want to write

  • Brilliant this was exactly what I was looking for.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Jflah

    Thanks for all the great information. As an artist it’s hard to focus on all those little legal details but having a lot of options in one place makes it easier.

    Thanksl

    Oh, and I’m sure you want to keep this up to date – the link for the pdf under AIGA doesn’t work today – the other AIGA link works fine.

  • Mark

    Please note, the 2nd one on this list is no longer available.

  • Domush

    “Freelance Web Designer Contract by Eskymo”

    Yeah, hardly free, as he now charges just to see it.

  • Howaboutthatcomment

    Imagine that, a designer making profit. what a shame.

  • Very helpful indeed! Shame Eskymo is making people pay for it now. Other than that nice collection.
    Bookmarked for future reference.

  • Gina

    Thanks for the GREAT info.

  • Gina

    Actually the one by Eskymo is no longer free. I paid the $5 Euro fee but it was not really worth it. By far the best legal-type template is the AGFA one, which downloads for free in an easy to use pdf. The “Killer Contract” is absolutely brilliant and ideal for education clients who are not used to working with designers. Thanks again for these great links.

  • Thanks for letting us know. I searched the AGFA site but couldn’t find anything under the resource tab.

  • Adamlaiben

    Freelance Web Designer Contract by Eskymo is a broken link!

  • Guest

    I can’t download the file “Freelance Web Designer Contract by Eskymo” please help

  • Dion Evans

    Very useful information. Thanks for providing this it is just what I was looking for.

  • Aman

    Thanks  very very helpful….

  • Thanks for Sharing this informative post! I was also searching for Web Hosting Contract.

  • I found the killer contract very useful, especially now that he has updated it

  • Cimiser Co

    Very helpful information, I really needed some of the information urgently

  • Thanks for mentioning the contract. We put that out there for anyone to use and hope that you find it useful. It’s worked for us the last 12 years doing Web design and development. We definitely want people to steal it!

  • SinisterKid

    Having the same problem, is there a new link?

  • These are great samples. My favorite is the 1st one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Javier valdez

    Thank You! it was a lot of help

  • Jess Geez

    Second link doesn’t work. Otherwise, great resources as always!

  • I appreciate you posting this article. I am beginning my first paid web creation. I knew I needed a contract so the client knows exactly what I am going to give them and what they are NOT going to get. Having the fine print finalized is a great reference later! It is important to get all of the details laid into terms before you end up with a big mess on your hands.

  • Nice set of resources, it’s very frustrating when a client decides to pick up and leave.. Having a solid contract definitely creates some sort of security for us designers and developers. Thanks for the great post.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the aggregation — I stumbled across a couple of these individually, but your links all in one place make this the one-stop solution!

  • Thanks for this list. I am just looking at writing up a contract template myself! :)

  • Many thanks – very useful