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Freelance Statements of Work

A Sample Contract for a Freelance Writer

A Statement of Work (also known as an SOW) is a contract between you and your freelance clients that remains frequently used in place of a more formal agreement. It is especially true for non-profit or education-based clients.

The sample provided here can remain adapted for use by any company that prefers a more straightforward format. Furthermore, when more concrete work and specific requirements are in place, the SOW is often the best way to cover these assignments. Here are no surprises for the client and perfect boundaries for the contractor because it spells out details.

You’ll notice that the sample below contains many exact details as other contract formats, such as deliverables, due dates, etc.

Work Description

Work Description

This Statement of Work (SOW).

This SOW is effective as of September 3, 2019.

Scope of Work: This is the section that summarises the project.—For example, the English to Spanish translation of four fitness essays of no more than 1,500 words each.

Edits: At the sole discretion of the translator, each translated document may be returned to you once for editing (fill in the name). Modifications will be avoided at all costs and remain only expected in extreme cases. You must complete edits within 72 hours of receiving the document or forfeit 50% of the payment.

Payment: A translation fee of X dollars per original English word translated. This project does not accept deposits. This project does not have an interim payment option. It would help if you always tried negotiating one or both of these items as a freelancer. Final payments must remain made by November 20, 2019. The invoice must remain received by October 15, 2019.

Domestic payments can remain made by check or PayPal. International prices will remain processed through PayPal. Before the amount remains made, all trained contractors must have a completed W-9 on file with (company name).

Rights, Disclosures, and Non-Competition: You do not own any copyright to the materials created. You agree to private (company name’s) rates, processes, and client lists. You agree not to compete with (company name) for the same client (if subcontracted) during the term of this contract, which expires on November 20, 2019.

Counterparts/Facsimile Execution: This SOW may be executed and delivered in counterparts by facsimile or emailed PDF, each of which constitutes an original. These counterparts must remain combined to form the same instrument. Furthermore, each of the parties hereto agrees to sign and deliver original copies of this agreement that remain circulated after its initial execution and delivery by facsimile or email PDF.


Though Statements of Work and Letters of Agreement are simple to understand and use in a casual freelance relationship, you can protect yourself by consulting a union or professional organization such as the National Writers Union or Freelancers Union.

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