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Docracy: Legal Resources For Freelancers, Startups (and more)

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If you’re new to the game of freelancing, you may not know the best way to navigate the choppy waters of contracts, copyright, client expectations, and other important pieces required to grow and maintain a successful career as a hired gun. In fact, you may end up feeling a lot like the people in this video:

We noticed a great article on Smashing Magazine this morning entitled “Useful Legal Documents For Designers”. It lists 10 basic agreements that cover a bunch of common business situations that US-based creative professionals encounter, such as late payments, consulting and non-disclosure agreements, IP rights, and more.

Take a look at the article here. You can also download all the listed documents in a zip file here. The files come courtesy of Docracy, a “home for contracts and other legal documents, socially curated by the communities that use them.”

Learn more about Docracy in this short video:

Docracy also offers bundles of essential documents for startups as well as freelancers (this is a different bundle from the other link).

While this is a terrific resource, we’re not suggesting this replace genuine legal advice- always consult a lawyer when drawing up or reviewing a contract!

Freelancers/Startup vets: What legal resources would you suggest to someone new to the freelance or startup world? Tell us in the comments.

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