What is a Statement of Work?
It describes what your project is and what it involves. It will detail down key aspects including the scope, deliverables, specifications, and of course price and payment to align the expectations of both client and the contractor.
The freelancer or contractor is usually the one that initiates and drafts this document.
A good Statement of Work is fit for purpose
A good Statement of Work will use simple language to clearly describe the project key aspects so as to manage your customers' expectations early on. Having easy -to-understand conditions will also ensure better communications, laying the foundations for a good working relationship with your clients. Such an agreement is -what we call - fit for purpose.
Do not be put off in being specific in the Statement of Work. Sorting out the details now with your client is largely seen as professional, and not 'annoying' as most freelancers would belief. Sorting out the mess when the project moves closer to the deadline is a much messier and costlier affair which all good clients are actively looking to avoid.
The last thing you want is an unnecessarily complex agreement, because it can backfire and deter people from working with you. You could be limiting your business opportunities without knowing it.
As a freelancer, it's worth noting that you benefit a lot from drafting a fit for purpose Statement of Work:
• Enhanced Reputation: Seen as professional, clear communicator.
• Saves Time & Cost: No messy pivots or cleanups due to miscommunications
• Increase Earnings: A happy customer is likely to become a repeat customer and strong referrals
Claver’s Statement of Work Template
Feel free to use this standard template from Claver. This template is currently used by active freelancers and small studios which are pretty happy with it. No complaints so far!
Our Freelancer Statement of Work template is available for free ($0). Get yourself a free account here and you are good to go.
Freelancers, Indie Developers; for standard or routine assignments
For each client, you may need to send a General Terms & Conditions agreement together with your Statement of Work.
Difference between the two
a) The Statement of Work deals with the project. It describes specific aspects such as the deliverables and deadline for it. Therefore, a customised Statement of Work has to be provided for each project.
b) General Terms & Conditions deals with how you run your business operations to your client. You can do it once and do it right when drafting a GT&C to use it for all subsequent projects.
c) When used together, the conditions in T&C usually overwrites the ones in Statement of Work.
What is CLAVER?
Claver helps you set up DIY fit-for-purpose Agreements easily, quickly, and affordably. Simpler is always better.
To find out why we are doing this, read more about us here.