How to Embed a Facebook Video in WordPress


Do you want to embed a Facebook video on your WordPress site? With the popularity of Facebook live and Facebook’s videos, we’ve had several of our users ask if it was possible to embed Facebook videos in WordPress. In this video, we will show you how to easily embed a Facebook video and a Facebook live video in WordPress.

To start, you will want to visit the Facebook Embedded Video and Live Video Player page found here:

https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/embedded-video-player

Here you will add the URL of the video from Facebook you would like to display as well as set the pixel width you want the video to display at and it should display below. There’s even the option to include the full post in a checkbox under the URL of the video box.

Now that your selected video is set, click the get code button to bring up the required code. For a Facebook video to display on your site you will need to add the first code block to your theme’s header. If your theme does not have a built-in method, you can use the Insert Headers and Footers plugin found here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/insert-headers-and-footers/

With the above plugin, you would go under Settings, Insert Headers and Footers and add the code in the top box and click the Save button. This will automatically add the code in your site’s header for you. With that added you can add the second code from Facebook and it will embed the video the same as it would a YouTube video.

For a Facebook Live video, you will first need to go live due to Facebook’s limitations. That will allow you to right click on the date that you went live and copy the live video’s URL. Take that URL back to the Facebook Video Player Configurator to customize the display to how you’re wanting and click the Get Code button.

If you’ve already added the JavaScript to your header from another video or embed then you don’t need to add that for this new video. Add the second code block to your site where you want the live video to appear.

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Best WordPress Hosting in 2019 (Compared)


Are you looking at different hosts and trying to find the right one for you? We’re speaking directly with our founder Syed Balkhi in this video to bring you his recommendations based on your needs. Come take a look at our video to help you decide what WordPress hosting would be best for your needs.

In this video, we mention hosting providers we are affiliates of and have negotiated discounts for. The hosting providers and our links are here:

Best Starter Hosting:
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SiteGround:
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For those just starting out, we recommend starting with a smaller, shared hosting to get you up and running with your site’s content. Shared hosting is a section of a server that you are sharing with other users. While your site’s content is your own, the resources your site uses to run are part of that server’s resources rather than all of them.

VPS is the next step for your site as it grows, this is a server that separates a specific section virtually so all of that sections resources are for your specific site. This is similar to a dedicated server where the entire server is yours but these require more technical knowledge than other servers.

Finally, there is managed hosting, which is a style of hosting that scales with you as your needs grow. There are some limitations on what can be added to these sites but you will benefit from better support as well.

With the different types of hosting covered, there are four factors to consider when selecting which hosting provider you want to use. Uptime as you want your site to never go down if able. Speed, a slow server will eventually cause issues with your SEO. Features, a feature-rich hosting provider gives you even more tools based on your needs. Finally, support, having good support is great for if you ever run into any issues with your site and need a hand with solving the issue.

Keeping the above factors in mind, for a beginner we recommend not overspending, only purchase the plan level that would suit your specific needs rather than an oversized plan for a site just starting out. We’re recommending BlueHost, SiteGround, and HostGator as we’ve worked with them and have discounts that we have negotiated to get you a discount.

For enterprize or similar users, we recommend Pagely or WPEngine. For most we would recommend Pagely unless it is a starter site then we would still recommend BlueHost, SiteGround or HostGator.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (August 2019)

It’s time for another monthly round of featuring some top resources for our fellow web developers. Previously, in the Fresh Resources series, we have mostly featured tools and apps for designers and developers.

This month, however, we have more resources that help you brush up your skills as a web developer. We have a tip for using SVG, a resource to learn more about TTFB, information on creating an accessible UI, and many other interesting subjects. Let’s take a look

SVG Role Image

Here is a handy tip on using SVG. SVG is used to display a graphical presentation on your website like an image. Yet, unlike the img element, SVG may consist of multiple elements like the path, g, or circle.

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What is TTFB?

Ever wondered why your site seems to be loading slow, even though you’ve done all the optimization advised on the Internet? Well, the problem might be detected on the site TTFB or “Time to First Byte”. So, this article from CSS Wizardry will give a full insight on TTFB and how you may be able to optimize it.

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Custom Accessible Radio Input

The Accessibility feature is what makes the web great. It allows people with disabilities to browse and interact with the web. This article from Lindsey will teach you how to create a nice looking accessible radio input. You’ll see that creating an accessible UI does not necessarily mean it has to look dull.

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Simple Entity Decode

A small JavaScript library that allows you to decode characters from their HTML form to their human-readable form. For example, you can convert & to &.

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Gatsby Theme Authoring

Creating a static site is on the rise (again) because it’s blazing fast. One of the tools that are on the rise among web developers is the Gatsby. Egghead provides a screencast to learn how to create a theme for Gatsby. And it’s free.

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Postwoman

Postwoman is a web-based tool to compose an API request. You can set the request method, URL, path, parameters, authentication etc., and see the response — a convenient tool.

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Nushell

It’s a modern Shell built with Rust. It enhances a few Shell commands, for example, the ls command. Nushell can show the output of the ls command with enriched data as we can see from the following image.

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What is ES2019

JavaScript has vastly improved in the past few years. It seems the ES6 or ES2015 was just yesterday, but we now have a new spec codenamed ES219. This video from JSConf EU will show you a glimpse of what we can do in JavaScript with the ES2019 specification.

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Dockerlabs

A collection of tutorials that’ll teach you Docker and Kubernetes. Not only that it provides text-based tutorial, but you can also try them right in your browser.

Moreover, you do not need to install anything on your computer. All you need to experience Docker like Docker Engine, Docker Compose & Docker Machine are already set so you can start learning.

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Kanboard

Kanboard is a PHP-based application for Kanban board. Using Kanban board is a popular style to manage tasks and projects. There are a few commercial applications that you can immediately use like Trello. If you’re the type of person who prefers full control over your app, using Kanboard may be a good alternative as you can install it in your server.

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Tech Interview Handbook

A collection of examples, tips, and cheatsheets to help you better prepare for an interview in the tech sector. If you’re in the process of job search, you might find this useful.

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Vuestic Admin

An admin dashboard template built on top of Vue.js. It comes with UI components that you’ll usually need to build a useable Admin dashboard like the Chart, data tables, forms, and many more.

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Git Training Kit

Here is an in-depth reference for using Git provided by Github. A useful reference to learn Git whether you’re just getting started or has already some experience.

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Nginx Admin Handbook

A collection of tips on making most of nginx. The nginx covers many topics including security, debugging, and of course, the basics.

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XtermJS

A JavaScript library that allows you to create a Terminal-like interface that you can run on the web.

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Pure Bash Bible

Tips, code examples, best practices, and basically a complete package of learning materials to master Bash.

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Polka

Polka is a simple HTTP server built with Node. It supports routing, middleware, and sub-applications. It’s a great alternative to Express.js. In fact, it performs faster by 30-50%.

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Design Patterns PHP

“Design Pattern” is created to solve common problems when developing an application. This is one of the most complete references to learn Design Pattern in PHP.

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Code Samples

As the name implies, this is a collection of code samples provided by Microsoft. It is pretty extensive, ranging from C to PHP programming language.

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iViewUI

A collection of UI component based on Vue.js framework. Like a typical framework, iView is equipped with UI Components, from an essential element like a button to a more complicated component like a Carousel.

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Jetpack 7.7: A Better Experience From the Start

In this month’s release, we’ve improved the user experience around connecting your site to WordPress.com. It’s now faster and more reliable, helping you to diagnose and fix issues as quickly as possible.

Additionally, some new tools will now allow you to transfer a connection to a different administrator on your site.

A better Video block

Jetpack’s video hosting feature allows you to upload videos and host them on WordPress.com, rather than on your host’s servers. Once you’ve uploaded your videos, you can add them to your posts and pages using the Video block:

As you can see on the right of the image above, can now customize your video settings right from the editor.

And more

As always, this release includes many other bug fixes and improvements. You can check the changelog for more details. To use the latest version of Jetpack on your site, update your existing installation or install Jetpack.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this release:

Aurorum, Bernie Reiter, Chris Runnells, Christos Koumenides, Daniel Walmsley, Dat Hoang, Derek Smart, Don Park, Emily Leffler Schulman, Greg Ichneumon Brown, Igor Zinovyev, Isa Chen, Jarda Snajdr, Jason Moon, Jefferson Rabb, Jeremy Herve, Jon Surrell, Kim Brown, Marin Atanasov, Michael Arestad, Michael D Adams, Michael Turk, Miguel Lezama, Miguel Torres, Mikael Korpela, Paul Schreiber, Piotr Delawski, Rebecca Hum, Rick Curran, Robert Franklin, Rocco Tripaldi, Tim Moore, Weston Ruter, Yaroslav Kukharuk.

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How to Add a Privacy Policy in WordPress


Are you looking to add a privacy policy to your WordPress site? A privacy policy tells your visitors what information you collect when they visit your site. In this video, we’ll show you how to add a privacy policy to your WordPress site!

WordPress has a built in template that you can start with by logging into your site, going under Settings, Privacy and it should bring up a page with the option to either select an already created page or create a brand new page. Either choose a page or create a new one to begin setting up your privacy policy.

If you’re creating a new page WordPress will bring you to the page where you can begin to edit each section based on the specific needs of your site. It will act the same as any other page in terms of publishing options that you can use.

With that page set up, you now want to give your users a method to display it. You could either add it to a menu or if your theme has a footer widget area, add it to your footer for your visitors.

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Create Keyboard Shortcut to Compress Files & Folders on macOS

There are so many times when you have to compress (zip) a file or folder on Mac to send or share but the only way to do so is through the tedious right-click > Compress “file or folder”. That’s because, unfortunately, macOS does not support a native keyboard shortcut to compress files yet.

However, where there’s a will, there’s a way and the way here is to create a keyboard shortcut to compress files and folders yourself with any combination of keys you prefer. Just take a look at the following steps to know how to do it.

Click the Apple logo (top left corner of the screen), select System Preference.
apple logo > system preferenceapple logo > system preferenceNavigate to Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts.
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plus iconplus iconChoose Finder from “Application:” dropdown menu.
Enter Compress for “Menu Title:”
finder compressfinder compressClick the input box beside “Keyboard Shortcut:” once, and record your preferred shortcut keystroke. (Suggestion: Use Shift + Command + C, or Option + Command + C)
Click Add to finalize your shortcut.
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That’s it! Select any file or folder on your Mac, execute the command, and it will be compressed immediately.

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5 Historic Freelancers Who Changed The World, Vol.2

We’ve already talked about the likes of Ray Kroc, Walt Disney, Alfred Nobel, Ernest Hemmingway and Charles Dickens and how they were some of the historic freelancers who have changed the environment they were born in.

They’ve outdone themselves, grown larger than life, moving and shaking the lives of milions with their inventions, business ideas and vision, through freelancing.

Rather than being about business, wealth or prestige, this is about creating history by adding value to the lives of as many people as possible. Andrew Carnegie had an inborn networking gift, which he used to create a legacy that disregards time through different businesses, dozens of libraries and powerful charities.

The same can be said of Bill Gates, Aaron Montgomery Ward and Sam Walton. To these men, being a freelancer means more than being self-employed. It means training your mind in self-responsibility, discipline and work ethic.

Upon securing these qualities, you’ll be able to take responsibility for increasingly large numbers of human beings.

That’s the greatest gift you can give yourself and mankind. That’s when the legacy begins.

Andrew Carnegie
Business Consulting/Networking Freelancer

The story of Andrew Carnegie is a true “rags to riches” story if there ever was one. Carnegie, who was to become one of the richest men in the world, was born in Scotland in a weaver’s cottage (pictured below) with only one room. His meteoric rise almost makes you forget how slow it all began.

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“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie

In 1848, his family moved to America, hoping for a better life. Carnegie, age 13, ended up working as a bobbin boy, changing spools of thread for a cotton mill. The job was 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Andrew was a freelancer, not by choice, but by circumstance. He had nothing to sell but his time, wherever he could. At 15, he became a telegraph messenger boy.

Networking Genius

In his free time, he would visit all the important Pittsburgh’s businesses, and try to make acquaintance with their owners. He’d speak to them about the other important businessmen he knew in town, and try to make connections.

This “business consulting” aspect and the fact he worked harder and faster than all the telegraph boys (he was able to translate signals without having to write them down) got him a promotion as telegraph operator. He was then recruited by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company as an assistant/telegraph operator. Carnegie was 18.

He quickly advanced in ranks and became friends with the president of the company, Thomas Alexander Scott. Thanks to his strong networking abilities, Carnegie was given access to the inside circle. Thomas helped him with his investments, amongst which were also shady, insider trading ones.

Innate Ability to Influence

His ability to influence people allowed him to slowly create a working capital, by investing smart and mingling with the movers and shakers. It was this same innate ability which allowed Carnegie to arrange a major business merger between Woodruff’s and Pullman’s companies, when he was only 25.

Although he would become the richest man in the world, help create the largest company in the world (the US Steel Corporation) and was on the better end of the largest ever personal commercial transaction: $480 million, Carnegie had this to say about wealth:

“Man must have no idol and the amassing of wealth is one of the worst species of idolatry! No idol is more debasing than the worship of money! Whatever I engage in I must push inordinately; therefore should I be careful to choose that life which will be the most elevating in its character.”

Bill Gates
Coding Freelancer

Gates is the symbol of Microsoft, and you can’t work on a computer without using some piece of software created by him or his employees. The worldwide impact Bill Gates has is unquestionable. Although he was frequently listed as the richest man on Earth, Gates comes from a middle class family in Seattle.

At 13, he managed to sell some of his things at the school’s rummage sale and bought himself computer time on a General Electric monster (no, there weren’t any PCs back then) and a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal to use the machine. He taught himself BASIC and became able to program the system.

If you just want to say, “Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,” that’s fine… Let’s be realistic, who came up with “File/Edit/View/Help”? – Bill Gates

White Hat Hacker

He was so good at it, he and 3 friends managed to hack another such system, the PDP-10 belonging to the Computer Center Corporation (CCC), through the same terminal and obtain free computer time. When the CCC finally noticed, they banned the students from their machine. Gates offered to sell his coding expertise, and find other bugs in the CCC’s system. He would get more computer time as part of the deal.

Bill Gates had officially become a coding freelancer.

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He went on coding as a freelancer for Information Sciences, Inc., creating a payroll program in Cobol when he was 16. At 17, he was writing the computer programs for class distribution amongst students.

The same year, he and his close friend Paul Allen, created a business venture called Traf-O-Data, a real-world “traffic analytics” tool, which failed miserably. Undeterred, he and Allen contacted a major company, MITS, who at the time was producing a computer based on the Intel 8080 CPU.

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Gates told them they were finalizing a software capable of running on the machine. In reality, there was no software, the duo were flat out lying. Nevertheless, MITS president Ed Roberts agreed to meet them, and so they started writing the code they lied about. The meeting was a success, and Gates came up with the name “Micro-Soft” for their company.

Aaron Montgomery Ward
Copywriting/Newsletter Freelancer

If Aaron Montgomery Ward were alive today, he’d probably be the king of sales letters. He’d also rely heavily on newsletters for selling his products, seeing how he is the creator of the mail order business. Until Ward came along, nobody had thought of that. His debut into business was a modest one.

He started out working at 14, stacking brick in a kiln. No glamour here. He moved on to sales, selling general items. In 1865, he became a freelance salesman, selling goods on a commission for Case and Sobin, a lamp house.

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“Even if the customer has to wait for delivery, they will make purchases via mail order if they can save money.” – Aaron Montgomery Ward

Moving on to dry-goods selling for Field Palmer & Leiter in southern communities, Ward came up with the idea of direct mail sales as a means of cutting costs and making the salesmen job easier.

His plans were bold. He wanted to bring manufactured products to everybody who lived in the countryside. After much criticism from friends, in 1872 Ward created the world’s first general merchandise mail-order catalog with 163 products listed, writing all the copies himself.

Sam Walton
Sales Freelancer

Walmart is the largest public corporation in the world, topping Shell and Exxon in 2013. It employs 2.2 million people, with a revenue of almost $500 billion. This powerhouse was started by freelancer/entrepreneur Sam Walton.

Walton was born on a farm in Oklahoma. While in his teenage years, he started working in order to support his family. He would milk the family cow and deliver the milk to different customers in the area. Walton became a freelance milkman from a young age.

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“High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton

He moved on to newspaper routes and selling of magazine subscriptions to scrape through a living, through the years of the Great Depression. In college, he worked different sales job and many unusual ones, such as waiting tables in exchange for meals. Sam Walton is the definition of a hustling freelancer.

At age 26, and after taking a loan of $20,000, he bought his first retail store. After growing to a few dozen stores, he opened up the first Wal-Mart (now marketed as Walmart) branded store in 1962 and never looked back.

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Record Your Command Line Sessions with Asciinema

If you’ve ever looked up how-to videos on YouTube then you’re familiar with the poor quality of those videos out there. Sometimes you’ll find videos recording the whole screen with tiny CLI windows, other times the CLI is just too blurry to read.

With asciinema you can automatically record all your terminal sessions with 100% zoom and save the videos locally.

Need to teach someone how to perform a certain task? No problem. Wanna release your own how-to vids on YouTube? Piece of cake. Thanks to asciinema’s recorder.

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The project works like an installable applet where you can download the files or install them dynamically using Homebrew. Note this only works on OS X, Linux, and BSD so it’s not compliant with the Windows CLI.

The recording feature runs on a series of keyboard shortcuts to stop and save a recording. While you’re inside the terminal just enter asciinema rec and you’ll call the recording function immediately.

Do your thing, record what you need, then CMD + D to stop recording. It’s super easy to use and if you’re already comfortable with the command line you should have no trouble with this recorder.

Videos are actually hosted on the asciinema website so you can browse through a library of previously-recorded videos to see what’s out there. It’s also a great way to share your clips with others and embed them into your site.

But you can also download your videos and re-upload them to popular video sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion.

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To get this running check out their documentation page and follow the instructions.

You can also dig into the docs to find common commands, everyday usage for recording, and properties for your own asciinema config file.

Terminal lovers around the world rejoice! This is one of the best CLI recording tools on the web and you can install it for free with one command.

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8 Contract Clauses You Should Never Freelance Without

Do you have a contract when you begin a freelance project? If not, then you should. Working without a contract is an invitation to be taken advantage of.

A contract helps streamline your work around a schedule as well as all those clarified details of what was agreed between you and the client. More importantly, it prevents you from double work and headaches down the line.

If you started freelancing without a contract, I bet it wasn’t long before you felt that you needed one. Maybe a client reneged on their payment or asked you to revise your work so many times that you wished you had a contract with a clause that charged for revisions. All it takes is that one client.

The fear of contracts

We know the importance of contracts but we’re just so intimidated by them! Unless you’re a legal writer, it’s natural to fear drawing up the document we know as the contract. But here’s the thing: Using simple language is the best way to avoid confusion. You don’t need a lawyer to draft a contract. You just need to know what works for you.

So grab a paper and pencil (or open up a Word document) and begin drafting your first contract. Don’t miss out on any of these clauses because you really, really shouldn’t freelance without them.

1. Pricing/Rates

The most important thing to ensure sustainability in your services is to make your rates clear. Put them down in writing during the initial stages of the project. Do you charge by the hour, or by a complete project? Make sure your client is agreeable to the way you charge them, so they wouldn’t dispute and withhold payment thereafter.

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If you’re charging by the hour, include a minimum and maximum work-hour clause. “Project Red won’t take less than X hours and no more than Y.” The X is for your security – you’ll get paid for these hours even if you finish early. The Y is for your client’s security. He won’t have to pay for more than Y no matter how long it takes for you to finish the job.

2. Single Point of Contact

Oh boy! This clause is a lifesaver. If you’ve ever worked with a client where you had two or more people giving you feedback and requesting changes, you will know that this is necessary.

By including the ‘single point of contact’ clause, you’re limiting your communication to one person. All the feedback and revision requests need to go through that one person – whether your client is a solo-prenuer or a manager in a big firm.

The larger the team that deals with you, the more internal conflicts they have to iron out. Having a single point of contact saves you from confusion and double work. You don’t have to waste time and energy trying to satisfy three points of contact (a.k.a. people with authority to make changes) with different ideas of what they need.

3. Payment/Invoicing

Spell out a payment schedule in your contract. Do you want it to be half now, half after payment schedule, or with 3 installments of 40-40-20? Some freelancers prefer 50-25-25. Everyone has a reason for their preferences. Personally, I prefer to be paid in 3 installments on bigger projects. Usually 40% upfront, 40% when I send the first draft and the final 20% when I send over the finished copy.

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How you get paid also needs to be included in the contract. Do you accept payment via direct deposits, checks or PayPal? How long a grace period do you give when receiving payment? Some organizations issue payments a period of time after they receive the invoice. Make sure you have ironed out all these kinks before you start work.

Related: 10 Tips To Invoice Your Freelance Clients Professionally

4. Revisions and rewrites

We’ve all had a client or project where we just can’t seem to get what they want right due to various reasons. It could be that the client is confused or fickle-minded, or a perfectionist – one who can never be satisfied no matter how many revisions you do.

The worst kind is the one who changes the entire focus or direction of the project, halfway through the timeline. All prior work poured into the project could become useless, and you will be starting from scratch but without a revised deadline.

Instead of spending much of your time revising, rewriting, redesigning, recoding etc for hours, a clause in your contract can make this a painless procedure. Offer a number or free revisions/rewrites and then charge for any more the client wants to be done. This would at least reduce the client’s inclination to make changes as he likes, and start doing revisions that are only necessary. Most freelancers offer 2 free revisions, 3 at most depending on the nature of the work they offer.

5. Kill Fee

Sometimes, for reasons beyond our control, a project gets canceled after you’ve started working on it. For freelancers without a contract, it might mean that they won’t get paid for the work they have already done until the notice of cancellation.

A kill fee clause saves you from being the disadvantaged party in case a project gets axed. It makes sure you’re paid for how much of the work already done since you have spent your time and effort on it, both of which could be spent on other projects that you may have on the side.

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Different freelancers charge different kill fee. Some have an elaborate stage-by-stage kill fee schedule. Others charge a flat 50% and some charge as low as 25%. It depends on what seems fair to you – the point is to deliver some form of compensation on the work that has been done but won’t be put to use.

6. Copyrights

Depending on the kind of freelancing you do, there are different copyright options available. Freelance writers have the most copyright options such as first serial rights, print rights, electronic rights, etc. For most freelancers though it boils down to owning the rights until the final payment is made.

Copyrighting your work is a must if you want to avoid having a client run away without paying for your work or use it without permission. On the other hand, It’s also a form of protection for your client. If they have made full payment, they have already bought the copyrights from you, hence they know, and should expect to not find the work done anywhere elsewhere.

7. ‘Scope Creep’

A ‘Scope Creep’ is exactly what you think it sounds like. It refers to that nasty little bugger who seems innocent at first but grows into a monster fast. Imagine a client who pays on time and appreciates your work. It’s the perfect client, right?

However, after some time the Scope Creep will start saying things like “Hey, we were going through the work and realized that this will be even more awesome if xyz was added to it. Can you include that too?” You say, “Sure, it won’t take long, I’ll just quickly add that in.” And that’s how it begins.

During the course of the project, this will keep repeating, and over time it will accumulate to a point where you’re doing more work than you signed up for and you’re not getting paid for it!

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A scope creep clause is your protection against it. Reserve your right to adjust the rates of the project should the scope of the job, or amount of work you have to do is increased significantly. This way the client knows that they are liable to pay extra for any additional requirements they want to throw in.

8. Deadline

No freelancer signs on a project without a deadline. A deadline is necessary. A lot of times, freelancers can set their own deadlines; other times the work is time sensitive so the client sets their own deadline. Either way, getting it down in writing is a security measure for both you and your client.

For the client, this prevents the freelancer from delaying the completion of project. For the freelancer, it allows for a change in the deadline in case the client does not get back with the required feedback/information/approval in time.

Having deadline will also allow you to schedule your future work even before you start working on them. This ensures that you don’t take in two projects that need to run simultaneously and yet still be able to keep your working schedule filled, giving your income a bit more stability.

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Now that you know which clauses to include, it shouldn’t take you long to draft out a simple contract. Contrary to what you might think, this contract doesn’t have to look like a legal document. In fact, you can collect all the emails you’ve exchanged with the client, transfer the results of your discussions into the document, hammer out all the details, and compile them.

Both you and your client should acknowledge that you have both read and agreed to the contents of the contract, sign it and each keeps a copy for future reference.

Have I missed anything? Is there another clause that you think one should not freelance without?

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