Freelancers warned to use contracts

The wonderfully named Don't Get Screwed Over website is running a video called 'What it feels like to be a freelancer'. In a social experiment, a woman offers to pay five dollars for a drawing, providing basic instructions regarding what she wants. Passers by happily comply and, well, you can probably guess what's coming next. "That isn't what I wanted … I can't pay you for this," followed by quite a lot of angry artists, arguing the woman should have explained what she wanted before engaging them.

Quite a few freelancers have probably just screamed "that's my life, every single day", but then the video isn't some kind of satire on that position; instead, it's a warning that creative types shouldn't start work with only the most basic of briefs, should communicate more with clients about what's actually needed – and should also investigate using contracts.

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