Freelance Accounting Jobs: Contract Dos and Don'ts

Freelance accounting jobs have many advantages, as for example, the time you save, the comfort of staying at home and the freedom you have when controlling your work. However, they can turn into unbearable disadvantages if you sign a contract that ties you up to the employer or company you are planning to work for. If you agree with clauses you don’t think clear about, eventually they may not be beneficial for you.

1: Do not agree with an established wage

If a clause says that you are going to be paid an exact wage per month and it does not say anything about extra hours, do not agree with that. Most of the time, the employer or company begs you to work more hours since they remember at the last minute that they had to give you some billing and taxes to deal with. So, providing that there is no point in the clause that says something about extra hours, discuss them with the employer so as to add that important point.

2: Do accept confidentiality and the checking of criminal records

Since you are going to deal with someone else’s money, there will always be a clause stating that you should be reliable enough as to deal with confidential material. Therefore, they will ask you not only to sign a clause in which you swear confidentiality but also they will check your criminal records in order to verify that you have not committed fraud or stealing. Although it may be a little awkward to be checked, you have to accept it for companies and employers will always ask you that and if you are clean, you should not to be afraid.

3: Do not agree with working for a single employer

The employer can ask you not to work for anyone else except him because he may think that his legal stuff can get mislaid, or that you may share his company’s figures with some other employer. This is non-sense and you should not accept it because your criminal records are supposed to be checked and if there is something wrong it will come up. Then, agreeing with that clause may lead you to be tied up to an employer that can either exploit you because you only work for him, or that can fire you at any time and you won’t have another employer to replace him, so you may end up being unemployed.

4: Do agree with regular meetings

The employer may also want you to hold regular meetings with him apart from working from your home. As some material is more serious than another, the employer may feel the need of discussing some things face-to-face. Therefore, if the meetings are regular, that is to say, they are not once a week, you may perfectly agree with them.