Mike The Writer – Copywriting For Startups – Terms & Conditions
The relationship between Mike The Writer and the client will be that of ‘independent contractor’, which means that we are not the client’s employee, worker, agent or partner, and we will not give the impression that we are. Our time will therefore be limited to the project at hand, including any consultation time warranted by the project.
Our current copywriting fees are £45 per hour, or £360 a day. Before each project, we will provide a quote so that you know exactly how much the work will cost. Any changes to the original brief initiated by the client may require us to adjust the cost. The total price of your project will include:
- A free quote
- Project drafts (if agreed)
- Any minor amendments to your project
- Advice and consultation by email as necessary
- Any additional work requested that isn’t covered in the original brief will be quoted separately and added to the original invoice.
The Copywriting Brief
The Brief will be supplied by the client and must clearly outline the project requirements. We suggest that you download, complete and return our briefing form to ensure that we have all the necessary requirements beforehand.
Commencement of Work
Before your project is undertaken, we require a confirmation email, stating:
- You have read and agree to my terms and conditions
- You are authorised to commission the project
- You agree to our fees
Timescale and Deadlines
We will make every effort to ensure your project is delivered on time. In the unlikely event that we cannot meet the agreed deadline, we will let you know as soon as possible. We will not be held liable for any loss or damages to any party as a result of missing a deadline.
Payment Terms for Direct Clients and Agencies
For new clients, we require a 50% non-refundable deposit of the total fee before commencing work, unless otherwise agreed.
For established clients, invoices are sent out at the end of the calendar month, unless otherwise agreed.
All invoices are sent electronically, unless agreed otherwise and are payable within 30 days of receipt.
We accept payments by BACS only.
Termination of Copywriting Contract and Pause Clause
If a client fails to respond to communication within 14 days of paying the non-refundable deposit, the project will be termination automatically. In the event that a client fails to provide feedback as per the project schedule milestones, the project will be considered ‘on hold’ and rescheduled dependent on current workload and availability.
Late Payment Terms
We understand and will exercise our statutory right to interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under the late payment legislation if we are not paid according to agreed credit terms.
The Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act (1988) states that for debts of less than £1000, the penalty is £40, rising to £70 for debts up to £9,999.99 and £100 above that.
Interest is payable at 8 per cent over Bank of England base rate. The penalties and interest now apply to all businesses regardless of size.
Intellectual Property Rights
Upon completion of the project and once we have received payment, all copyrights are automatically transferred to the client. We reserve the right to use any extracts of our work for our portfolio. Whilst we make every effort not to breach any copyright, you agree to indemnify us against action that may arise as a result of using our services.
Errors and Omissions
We always work in good faith. We make every effort to ensure that the project is proofread, grammatically accurate and factually referenced where applicable. However, we cannot guarantee that every project is completely free from typographical, grammatical or factual errors.
By using our services, you agree to indemnify us against any claim, including that of a third party, for compensation or damages resulting from the use of our written material or from unsought permissions to use my material.
Although every piece of written content we produce is original (checked with Copyscape), the client accepts full responsibility for checking the authenticity of the project, including research materials and citations supplied and indemnify me of any compensation for loss or damages.
If you have any questions about copywriting terms and conditions, please ask.