Many of our proofreading course learners start their own businesses after graduating. And that means getting the legal aspects right.
There’s no point in having a great website advertising your editorial services, unless you have watertight terms and conditions. They’re essential for you, and for your customer. They help to avoid disputes and misunderstandings.
We encourage our online proofreading course students to look online for free T&Cs templates, which they can adapt.
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders has some useful information and model T&Cs on this page
And if you are looking for a good example, then Proofreading Works’ are among the most comprehensive we’ve seen.
The SfEP also provide guidance and downloads on their website:
Newly qualified proofreaders tend to negotiate terms on a job-by-job basis. But the more thorough your contract, the less likely you are to hit unexpected problems.
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