Freelance Fashion Designer Job Contracts: Dos and Don'ts

Freelance fashion designers usually work with contracts. Like any freelancer, you are required to work long hours to meet the deadlines established by your client. There are several factors to consider when you are putting together a contract. Here are some important tips in order to safeguard your interests. You can write a contract that will both help you and, and in turn, satisfy your customers and keep them happy.

Getting started

When starting a new project you must estimate the relevant clauses in accordance with what you and your current or potential customers want, such as:

  • Deadlines
  • Details, a description of the product you are going to provide to your client
  • Changes or alterations to the product
  • Financial matters
  • A confidential information clause that will keep business information protected


Deadlines must be included in your contract. The best thing you can do is to give yourself a little extra time so you are prepared to handle any problem. Be sure to also give yourself leeway for transportation. The most important thing is to avoid making your client wait, respect all deadlines.


Add as many details as you can to your contract. Evaluate both your client's needs and your availability. Be as clear and precise as you can be in your contract and explain what the final product and how it will be delivered in your contract. Once this is done, do not overwhelm the client sending a great number of samples that may not be necessary. If you gave sufficient details, one or two samples should be sufficient to work out any changes.


Specify how many alterations are covered by the fee stipulated on the contract. Be sure you establish the price for extra changes that could be requested by your costumer. The inclusion of a clause on possible changes in the product can protect you from a client that changes their mind. Do not allow the client to abuse of your good will.

Financial Issues

Once you reach to an agreement on project costs, includes a clause stipulating all relevant information on payments and costs. You can also include a cancellation clause to protect you against retractions, protests or if your client fails to you pay you. Be specific and give as much detail as you can about financial matters so there is no 'gray' zone, or confusion.

Confidential Information

A confidential clause serves to protect private information. In this clause, both sides agree to keep all data private and that the information belongs to the client and you.

Sign your Contracts

Once the contract is ready and you both agree to all terms, you will need to sign the contract. Be sure to date the contract so that you can keep track of any changes you may need in the future. A written contract will protect you from damages in the future, so be sure that everyone involved properly signs the document.

If you need more information about contracts and legal advice, you should consult to a licensed attorney.