Although a web designer may have an artistic nature that prefers to design websites rather than contracts, he or she needs to know how to run a business. Part of operating a business involves making sure that clients sign legal contracts that protect the web designer from losing money.
It may be helpful to pay a professional lawyer a nominal fee to look over the potential contracts. Another option is to pay an attorney to write the contracts. A written contract that is legally binding prevents the horrible web design client from taking advantage of a web designer’s good intentions.
A contract should state that a substantial deposit is required before the web designer does any work… and it needs to mention the percentage amount of this deposit. If a contract does not state the deposit amount in writing, a horrible web design client can manage to avoid paying any money to the web designer, even after the designer invests a considerable amount of time.