Contractor Agreement (Standard)


This template helps you hire an independent contractor to work for you on a single project/deal. For a multi-project version, check out the MSA/SOW version.

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Template overview

This agreement is intended for businesses hiring an independent contractor (aka freelancer) to provide services on one individual project.

It starts with the core elements of the contract such as service and payment terms, and includes various legal items such as ownership of work product, non-disclosure obligations, and termination rights.

If you plan to use the contractor on multiple projects, you may want to consider our MSA/SOW version of this template, which includes Statements of Work where you describe project-specific service and payment terms.

What’s in this template

  • Party Names
  • Effective Date & Term (length)
  • Payment Options:
    • Down Payments
    • Hourly Payments
    • Fixed-Fee Payments
    • Expense Reimbursements
  • Scope of Services
  • Restrictions on the use of Subcontractors
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Portfolio Use Rights
  • Mutual Confidentiality Obligations
  • Non-Solicitation (only binding on the Contractor)
  • Early Termination Rights
  • Force Majeure
  • Limitations of Liability
  • Entire Agreement
  • Amendment & Waiver
  • Severability
  • Assignment
  • Notices
  • Governing Law
  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • And more

Who can use this template

  • Startups
  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses

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