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I’ve seen some unreasonable contract clauses in my work as a freelance writer.

There was the client who asked for indemnification against any legal costs arising from my writing. The insurance premium for this was twenty times the fee I’d get paid for the job.

Other clients want restrictive copyright clauses or demand I don’t work for a rival for 12 months after a short job.

I refuse to sign restrictive contracts – I can’t afford to have someone who is paying me for a $2000 job to stop me earning $100,000 elsewhere.

Thankfully there is enough good, well-paid work, out there. And enough sensible clients.

Smart clients know only desperate contractors will enter restrictive contracts – they are not the kind you’d want to hire.

Moreover, like non-disclosure agreements, restrictive freelance contracts send the wrong signals about trust.